Life of a Day scholar pursuing MBBS and should you be one?
The first conundrum that confronts a medico; the most prevalent doubt that every freshly enrolled doctor to be has is whether to stay as a day scholar or to be a hosteller. If you’re still undecided, we’ve broken down the benefits and drawbacks for you.
N.B. These are the views of a day scholar for over 3 years now (not to let that cloud your decision).
Let’s start with the benefits in the life of being a day scholar:
- Being a day scholar in a medical college: that’s an unspoken privilege. You get freedom like never ever in school especially after cracking NEET to get into the college first place. You know the locality all good coffee shops in 2-mile radius. So, if you really need that fresh brew strong coffee from your favourite shop after that long tedious lecture you know where to go.
- Home sickness: well, there goes that. Even if you are renting a room by yourself, it’s quite manageable. No nostalgia randomly hitting you at midnight to go home.
- Unlike hostellers, who must plan ahead of time, get tickets, and arrive at the location after long travels, you will never miss a family event.
- Few colleges have hostel curfews preventing wards to stay out of campus which you are not bound to if you are a day scholar.
- No peer pressure although hostel-life is where most fun happens. You need not essentially follow your roommates study schedule or sleep schedule.
- If you are a person who likes to keep it to yourself, then hostel is not something suitable for you. Everything that happens in your room reaches the whole block in a matter of minutes. Privacy is a luxury for a hosteller.
- Your own cave to study. You can customise your room in any way you wish to enabling you to focus more (maybe an air conditioner). You cannot perform great in a disturbing environment. Hostellers often need to rush to library which in turn can be quite tiring to find a peaceful spot.
- Home-made food is relatively healthier than any hostel mess food. You don’t have to suffer from food poisoning epidemics from hostel mess.
- Quality time with the family. Sharing college experiences with your family on a regular basis can be amusing and build communication. Having your family at your side is extremely beneficial if you get sick frequently or suffer from a chronic illness.
- Most Government college hostels lack laundry within premises which ends up taking quite an extra bite off your time schedule.
- If you find yourself caught in a problem (not like the ones portrayed in movies: they don’t happen in a medical college) especially nowadays when violence against doctors is increasing quite rapidly, being a day scholar could be quite an advantage. Every fourth person you meet could be a friend of your friend of your friend or family. They could be on your side and provide support.
- Hygienic toilets at home. You don’t have to wait in long lines if your hostel has inadequate washrooms. Nothing more peaceful than taking a good dump at home.
- Group studies, sleepovers, movie night at a friend’s, mom’s evening snacks, Sunday specials are some stuffs you miss being a hosteller.
And now the missing stuffs in the life of being a day scholar:
- Hostellers learn to adjust and adapt to any situation quicker than a day scholar
- Extensive SENIOR- JUNIOR INTERACTION: you can wake a senior to clarify your doubts almost instantly while it is not possible if you are a day scholar. Also, in a medical college a healthy senior junior relationship is needed since you always have those arms to run into to clarify your doubts.
- Better engagement with friends. Late night chit-chats, gossips, horror stories, crush stories are the mainstream entertainment at hostel.
- No need to wake early or worry about traffic and transportation. If you are a hosteller waking up 30 mins before class, believe me, there is almost a zero chance that you are getting into trouble.
- Cautious of bringing manuals/ books/ files to college. If you are a hosteller, you can quite easily sneak back to your room and be done with it, which is not possible for a day scholar.
- Better participation in college events and fests since you need to stay late night for practices which could be a deal for a day scholar to convince parents at home. Most day scholars end up being the audience for this reason.
- You get to know the campus well if you are a hosteller, since roaming around is a fun thing to do at night. They know the best coffee points within the campus better than a day scholar.
- Birthday parties at hostel are the best except for the birthday guy. Still, it’s fun to have your friends sing “Happy Birthday” at 12a.m. and to have a cake smashed into your face.
- More independence than a day scholar counterpart. Even too much family time can be tiring sometimes. You learn to make better decisions being away from guardianship.
- Better practical knowledge (almost all hostels have every bone), access to library, co-study, completing group assignments etc. are something you could miss as a day scholar.
Being a day scholar is both a privilege and a trial. If you are looking forward to enjoy 5 years or can concentrate better when you are alone, the decision is up to you make. Happy to have tried my best to enlighten you.
An aspiring medical student from southern India