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What they thought: First Impressions of the former undergraduate batches

Here is what some of our undergraduate students were pondering over during their initial days at Ashoka University

As you embark on this new phase in your life, the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” becomes all the more important. While it may seem daunting at first, Ashoka University is an amazing place with a thriving student community. Here you will get the opportunity to go to new places, try new things, and meet new people.

As the new undergraduate batch of UG ’25 prepare to start their Ashoka journey, let us hear from some Ashoka students on what their initial thoughts were, when they first joined Ashoka. 

“As a fresher, I found Ashoka to be an extremely energetic space with a very welcoming and warm set of peers and seniors always ready to help. While I was a little nervous, settling into such a refreshing community was seamless!

Advaith Jaikumar, UG’22

I joined college at 22 and will be graduating at the age of 24. Ashoka gave me the chance to complete my education and with the best resources at hand. The switch from the Armed forces to the Liberal Arts wasn’t that hard, the credit goes to all the amazing professors, students and culture at Ashoka.

Vicky Singh, UG’23

Ashoka was a culture shock and a new learning system. As time passed, everything began to make more sense. I grew to love the diversity. I made mistakes and took criticism for the betterment of myself. My journey here reminds me of this line from The Fault in our Stars, “Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.

Fibion Mukwati, ASP’23

Ashoka has been a rollercoaster ride both personally and academically. Gradually, the environment grew on me. I found myself surrounded by and perpetually learning from extraordinary people ready to offer a helping hand, making the space very warm and welcoming. I hope that your journey ends up being immensely pleasant and phenomenal for you too 🙂

Avishi Srivastava, UG’23

“Feeling overwhelmed in the first few weeks is inevitable but acknowledging and overcoming it is easier at Ashoka than anywhere else! Have faith in the people around you, and don’t forget to make plenty of pointless conversations in your first semester, you’ll never forget those.”

Vrithika Pattapu, UG’23

My first semester at Ashoka was a rollercoaster of experience and emotions. You want to do everything and it is always confusing. For someone like me who is interested in everything out there, Ashoka is a lot of fun because it gives you a chance to take a quick look at almost all of them and decide for yourself. It suited my personality. It was exciting!

Surya San Win, UG’22

My very first impression about Ashoka was that the virtual tour had not prepared me for the fact that it’s such a beautiful campus. And then the very next thought was that it had an air of freedom, of being able to do anything including walking around in pajamas without caring about what others thought.”

Suyasha Shakya, ASP’23

Ashoka wasn’t as stressful as I thought it would be. I found a lot of friendly people who made my transition smooth and easy, especially members of the Ashoka University International Students Association.

Etsehiwot Bekele UG23

Ashoka for me was like entering into a kaleidoscope of vibrant people, cultures and knowledge. It was daunting at first, but I grew to love this family away from home. From staying up all night to watch the sunrise, to submitting assignments a minute before the deadline, I learnt more than I ever knew I was capable of. It has been the best of times.

Nisarg Shah, UG23

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