Scoring decent marks in class XII landed me in a reputed girls’ college of Delhi University. I was a bit apprehensive about my experience of studying in a girls’ college. Initially, I was dumbstruck seeing so many girls staying and studying together. I wasn’t sure of how I would survive the forthcoming three years. Contrary to what I had thought, my journey turned out to be the most memorable phase of my life. It was as if I had got the opportunity to discover my real self.
SheThePeople.TV spoke to some young women across the city about their experiences of studying in a girls’ college and what impact it left on them.
Sabhyata Sharma, a pass out from Mata Sundari College For Women, has a string of beautiful memories close to her heart.
“Girls’ college was one of the best thing that happened to me. It taught me about female friendships and uninhibited environment. One doesn’t have to care to be under male gaze all the time so it’s a lot freer to be in girls’ college. The friendships you forge studying in one makes you disregard all those talks about women being women’s enemy and that we are always jealous of one another. Basically it spreads girl love in a major way.”
Chaitanya Singh, who recently graduated from Indraprastha College From Women, reminisces about the lessons of feminism she took from there.
” I met, befriended and got inspired from so many driven women. My mother says that I am a better person now. I owe my college a lot. There was a lot of learning and unlearning happening. I learnt that there is so much more to feminism than man-hating.”
According to Aanchal Goswami, studying in Miranda House, studying in a Girls’ college is quite empowering.
“Studying in girls college have taught me a a lot of things. You don’t need a boy to have fun and do adventurous things. Girls are equally adventurous to boys. Girls college helped me in being the person I am and not pretending what other people want me to show. It gave me confidence to wear anything. It gave me the power to voice my opinions. The best thing that I have learnt from studying there is that I have stopped judging people on the basis of their clothes.”
Girls’ colleges make one receptive to new ideas and help girl come out of their shell and embrace themselves.