A hostel is a place where inexpensive, healthy and safe accommodation is provided for the students of a school or college. Ask a hostel student if life in a hostel is good or bad and he will narrate all the pros and cons of the hostel life. There they live a kind of life which is different from their life at home. However, if you ask an adult who has had an experience of living in a hostel, he is likely to narrate his memories fondly and tell you that it was the best phase of his life. This is because there are certain difficulties of living in the hostel however the benefits it offers surpass them and with time it is only the good that we remember. Hostel life with its so many advantages has some drawbacks also. However, everyone can have a different experience.
Disadvantages of Hostel Life
Here is a look at the disadvantages of hostel life:
Bad Company – Friends plays a greater role in our life to make us who we are. The influence of bad company may draw a student towards smoking, drugs, and drinking. Parents send their wards to the hostel for study, but there they waste their time in enjoyment and merry-making. You have to decide everything whether it is right for you or not.
Introverts May Face Difficulty – Introverts may have a difficult time interacting with their hostel mates and making new friends. Obviously, they cannot sometimes share the feelings and sentiments of others in the house with the warmth of love and sympathy. They are often left out and cry their hearts out when alone as they miss their family badly.
Living Far From Family – Students have to live far from their parents. Living far from the family is difficult for everyone. Living conditions are far less comfortable than that at home. Many students get extremely emotional at times as they are reminded of the good times spent with their family. Therefore, they do not get the same care and love at home.
Difficulty Adjusting in Family Atmosphere – While initially, the students get emotional at the thought of staying away from their family, living in the hostel for a few years often makes it difficult for them to adjust in the family atmosphere. Besides these, students learn to live a life of fashion from one another and become selfish. They grow so accustomed to taking their own decisions and living their way that they do not like any suggestions from their parents and want to live independently. Some become indifferent to homes.
Quality of Food – The quality of food in hostels is not very good. A lot of students have the problem digesting the routine food served at the mess. Besides, there is no choice. Students need to eat what they get whether they like it or not.
No one to Take Care – Falling sick is the worst part. While the hostel buddies try to take care of each other however they cannot take care of the parents. Their parents are not there to check them. Thus, recovering from illness often takes a lot of time.
Hostel life offers both advantages and disadvantages. In spite of all this, life in a hostel has many good things to teach. It all depends on the student on how he/ she deals with it and what he imbibes from his stay in the hostel. It is hostel life only that makes young boys self-reliant, dutiful, brave and social.