The College Quick Start Guide

Woohoo! Yeah! Congratulations! You almost got into an IIT.

Also, no one cares. You’re a Bitsian now.

Welcome to BITS Pilani. Yes, that’s the first thing you should know. The university’s name is “BITS Pilani”, which makes the Pilani campus’ name BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus. Don’t ask me why. Just go with it.

So on a scale from one to hope before JEE, how lost are you? Don’t worry, we got you covered.

Over the years, we’ve written multiple articles to try and to ease the transition into college, but they’ve been lost in obscurity among all our other awesome articles. (Shameless self publicity: You should check them out here). So we decided to bring them all into one place as a one-stop-shop and then some. Shall we begin?

Packing

The first thing you must be wondering is “What do I pack?” While you might be tempted to bring half your home and your pet to boot, you don’t really need so much stuff.

What To Pack In Your College Rucksack by Harsha Sista gives you a comprehensive idea of what you should pack.

Getting to College

Now you’re all packed, set and ready to begin your exciting journey into the world of engineering. But more importantly, how do you get away from home? Seriously, two months of vacations is way too long, right?

First you need to reach the city. You can get to Hyderabad in one of three ways: Road, air, rail or sea. You pick which one works best for you.

Roads: The highways out of Hyderabad are excellent and if you want to put that brand new driver’s license to good use, take a road trip. You have the added advantage of piling your car with as much stuff as you want. Or you could take one of the many bus services that ply between cities.

Air: If you live very far from Hyderabad, this is probably the only option you have. But this is riddled with inconveniences. To begin with, the airport is 80 KM from the campus. That’s a hecka long ride. In addition, there’s a limit on how much stuff you can bring. With a student concession, there’s a cap of 25 Kg on check in luggage and you might find yourself hitting that cap pretty early on.

Rail: Other than having to book well in advance, this is probably the best option if you stay anywhere in South India. There is a bus service from the railway station to the campus gates, which is the most convenient way to get to campus.

Sea: The nearest sea port is Vishakhapatnam. If you have a taste for the jolly good life on sea and time to kill, go for it. Maybe you can even make it a cruise. Live a little. Do that Leonardo Dicaprio thing from Wolf of Wall Street. Don’t come begging to me for money later, though.

Now that you have reached the city, how do you get to campus?

Click here to find out! Number 8 will shock you!

No, seriously, that really is the link. Click there to find out.

College Formalities

Now you’re on college, but you gotta deal with all those boring formalities. Extremely important, but boring.

Here’s everything you need to know: Error 404 Not Found.

Oh well, I guess you’ll just have to see for yourself. But don’t worry, you’ll have an extensive gruelling orientation about the process and loads of people to help you through it as it happens.

The First Week (Warning: Spoilers Ahead)

Good job. Now you’re officially Bitsian. But there are some things you should know before you can truly claim to be a part of this campus.

The Do’s and Don’t’s: HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM. IT’S THE JUNIORS! by Arvind Badri and Kartik Reddy

The Must Do’s: THE COLLEGE BUCKET LIST: IT’S PARTY TIME UNTIL IT’S NOT! by Meghana Yerabati

A First Week Sneak Peek:  A FRESHMAN’S DECLASSIFIED SURVIVAL GUIDE by Shreya Nimma

Your Seniors’ First Days: THE FIRST DAY TIMELINE compiled by Meghana Yerabati

Now if you’re anything like me, you just scrolled through all of that without opening a single link. Scroll back up and click on each of those. Trust me, it’s worth spending five minutes of your otherwise extremely busy life to prepare yourself for what comes ahead.

Any Questions?

This last article is arguably the most important one of all. DO NOT MISS IT. It contains vital information such as what documents to bring to college and whether or not pets are allowed on campus (they’re not).

42: A USELESS FAQ FOR EVERYTHING BORING IN BPHC by Subham Soni

 

– Adarsh Salagame

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