There are certain schools which admit only day-scholars, some both boarders and day-scholars and some take in only boarders.
I have studied in a school which requires students to be compulsorily boarders. To me hostel life was a pleasure, but my parents were never too keen to send me there for a very long time. It was only when I turned’ fourteen that I was admitted to a boarding house.
After all a home is a home. But I tried to take advantage of my stay in a hostel.
Why do students get education? The purpose of education is to prepare students in such a way that when they step out of their limited society called school they should be able to face life’s challenges and shoulder responsibilities. They should be well-adjusted in society. Hostel presents a life situation in a miniature form. There, they are taught how to cooperate and develop qualities of sportsmanship. They become independent and self sufficient. In a hostel, every student is expected to work for himself. They cannot think of anyone else doing their work as they would normally expect at home.
They become more disciplined as there is no one to pamper them. They have to say goodbye to sloth and they I become active. They have to wash their own clothes, make their own bed, etc. They have to take good care of their health. Whenever they are ill, they have to remember to I take their medicines in time. In a hostel I started doing all these things myself. I found myself becoming more and more responsible.
But once you start living in a hostel you miss home a lot. I felt lonely and miserable at times. The food in the dining hall was unpalatable and I began to lose weight. I used to often have an upset stomach and I missed the comforts of home a lot. At times the strict discipline of the hostel becomes too curbing and one feels like breaking away from the chains of hostel life.
I do find hostel life great fun because I got to stay with my friends twenty-four hours a day and enjoy all school activities with them, but I did find myself craving for home life too. So, hostel life is a mixture of pain and pleasure, but it is recommended for all students.