When I first entered the ladies’ campus, I was surprised, baffled and overwhelmed, all at the same time. I vividly remember the loud chitter chatter of the girls around me, who seemed so infuriatingly comfortable with a place so new to me. I was staring in awe at those pretty girls pacing around the corridors, apprehensive of whether or not I would ever fit into it.
A year and a half later, I have my questions answered. You don’t need to try to “fit in”, the college absorbs you into itself. Miranda is a home away from home, full of vigor and positivity. Life at Miranda House is a combination of independence, responsibility and amusement, with a feminine vibe attached to it.
Contrary to popular belief, being in Miranda, or any women’s college, in general, is not dull or boring. Surely, the first few weeks of college might be spent adjusting your eyes to look at girls all around. But once you get used to it, it can be very liberating. It is a glimpse into a world without men. A girl, in such an environment, learns to live without the permission and interruption of the male counterpart. It provides you with a sense of responsibility – you buy your own food, you pay your own bills!
Moreover, you can dress as you please. A Mirandian doesn’t have to be wary of judgmental eyes staring at her all the time. You don’t need to be conscious while wearing short or tight clothes. You don’t have to dress to impress. The only person you need to impress while dressing up is yourself.
Something that I have noticed in Miranda House is the liveliness of each and every individual. Women in general are known to be selfish or hostile, but women in Miranda are genuinely nice and cooperative. They treat the other person with respect, irrespective of his/her position. They are bold and fearless, kind and encouraging, always open to change and willing to help. You don’t need to worry about being laughed at for trying something new or different. Furthermore, Mirandians take their studies very seriously. Studies are never a matter of joke at Miranda House, as can be seen from the consistent academic records. Being around such liveliness and sincerity can completely change your outlook on life.
One reason I attend college regularly is the infrastructure and the environment of the college. The walls, the lawns, the playful cats wandering in the lawns and the corridors reach out to you in a way that only a Mirandian can understand. You lose contact with the world outside once you enter the college.
Needless to say, some of us end up following the path of feminism, blaming the male population for each and every issue that exists. But that is not the case with every Mirandian. Most of us emerge as self-assured and sensible women with ambition and a purpose in life.
Personally, I’ve seen myself transform from a shy teenager to an ambitious woman during my time here. Miranda House is one of the most comforting and peaceful places that I have been to, and being here has been among the high points of my life. I feel really fortunate to have spent a part of my youth in this college.
photo credits: Srishti Sood
About Miranda House: Miranda House is a distinguished constituent college for women at the University of Delhi, India. Since its establishment in 1948, Miranda House has been widely regarded as a premier institution for higher education of women in India.