'There's no time to stand and stare'

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'There's no time to stand and stare'

The National Law School of India University (NLSIU) always walks the extra mile to ensure that the freshers feel at home. The warmth and the sense of belonging were evident barely two weeks after the college began. Think before you speak and that there’s no substitute for hard work are the two things the seniors drill into their juniors right from day one.

More than the faculty of the NLSIU it is the students who acquaint the freshers with their new surroundings. The in-house hostel is just perfect for the students to get to know their seniors. Each fresher is guided by parents — not by their own parents but by the students who double up as their rank parents, roll parents and cubicle moms. Rank parents are those who secure the same rank as the freshers, roll parents are those who share the same roll number and cubical moms are those who share the same room space.

These on-campus parents are responsible for guiding the students in their projects and academics. In short, they take on the role of parents. This is how the freshers are made to fall in sync with the NLS family.

Metrolife interacted with a few freshers and asked some of their seniors to join in as well. And what stood out through and through the interaction was the closeness that the new lot shared with the older ones. “There’s no time to stand and stare here in NLS. You are pushed into the groove right from the beginning. You will either have to fall in line or be left out. The choice is yours. Such is the competition and the responsibility inculcated,” says Aditya Pratap Singh Rathore, who has already been nicknamed ‘Apsara’ by his college mates, thanks to his rather long name. Priyanka Madan says the seniors actually take time off to sit down and get them started on projects, give them an outline of the dissertation. “This place teaches you how to multi-task and excel at that. You have projects, exams, fests in between projects, you are expected to be in as many committees as possible and participate. In the midst of all this, seniors come as a relief,” says Priyanka.

Jahnavi Sindhu says that barely a week into NLS and the feeling, that you have cracked CLAT, one among the toughest entrances, just leaves you. “There’s no ego anymore because you are one among the 80 toppers. Each one is good at different things. You then settle down to learning from one another rather than spend time thinking about yourself,” says Jahnavi. Roopashi Khatri says, “You just press the fast forward button from the day you step into NLS. You gear up to be intelligent, sensible and dynamic lawyers. The very fact that you are at a prestigious institution like NLS is enough to give you the jitters,” she adds.

Anubhuti Sinha, a second year law student sums up, “It is our responsibility to help the juniors slip into the NLS rut with ease. There’s no ragging of any kind. We work to toward creating a free and friendly environment.”

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