#1. SharingOne thing almost every hosteler learns is the ability to share. It does not matter whether you never share your headphones with anyone or whether you’re the person who always borrows others’ earphones.
#2. TearsWhen I was shifting to my hostel, I was excited, really very excited. I couldn’t wait to get away from my parents. I was excited by the prospect of living life on my own terms, and squeezing as much enjoyment out of life as I could. No more scolding if I did not go to sleep by midnight, no more looks of disapproval if I came home late and no more nagging about eating healthy food. I eagerly unpacked all of my belongings, loving the thrill that came from knowing that I had the power to decide where each thing was to be placed. (In my house, it is my mom who calls the shots. It’s like a universal law that everything is to be kept at a place where mom decides it should be)
#3. No PrivacyIn a hostel, there is no such thing as privacy. So, if you’re a “no, I don’t have anything to hide. I just don’t like people looking through my phone” kind of a person, you will have to learn a lot. A hostel is basically a culmination of a horde of humans with completely different ideologies, that align only when there’s mention of the word “Maggi” at 3 am. So, while you might become very defensive about someone using your phone or someone reading through your diary in the beginning, it won’t be long before your roommate would be reading out the text your boyfriend drunk texted you while you’re occupied with changing your clothes.
So, in short, living in a hostel is like getting another degree while you’re still in your college. So go ahead, don’t let simple laziness come in the way of learning. If you never climb the mountain, you will never be able to enjoy the view. Also, no matter what you hear, NOT EVERY HOSTEL HAS BAD FOOD.
Written by Aneri Doshi
What makes my heart race? Books, Coffee and Rain