The Toxicity of Ashoka University’s Campus Culture.

Students talk all the time at Ashoka, and what people say determines your reputation and standing in society because they don’t care; it’s a ruthless world, and it gets harder every day; once a reputation is formed, it’s harder to cut through it and change it; the campus has a strong whisper network in place, which means things spread at breakneck speed; On college, the social dynamics shift so quickly that it’s mind-boggling; friends become foes, individuals lose trust, and adversaries form bonds. There are constant mind games going on, and psychological warfare is being waged. Today, I realized how tough it is to create decent friends; you can always have buddies to pass the time, drink, and smoke, but it is really difficult to establish genuine friends. It’s mind-boggling to watch what a 20-year-old brain is capable of; it’s frightening to think of what people will do simply to live and prosper in such a hostile atmosphere; there’s always some type of manipulation going on, and everyone is trying to place them in a favorable position. It may help you learn a lot if you sit and observe and think about it, but it can also influence you. However, the learning it provides improves your personality and teaches you how to cope with circumstances. You get that crucial confidence, but you must then put out the effort to learn, be conscious of it, and avoid becoming overly engaged. But it comes at a cost: it causes mental tension and worry.

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