Hi, (almost) Freshie!
Don't feel insulted or belittled by this term that will be used to call you or refer to you for almost a year now. It was coined ages ago, so let's not fret about it, OK?
You will be joining IIT Bombay in a few weeks/days, depending on when you read this, and we hope you are looking forward to it. As you spend these days preparing for this new life, there are bound to be lots of questions in your mind. Many of you might already know a few seniors and would have gotten your queries resolved, while others may not have contacts. To address all your queries, whether academic or otherwise, and to give you a place to interact among yourselves and with the student mentors, the Student Mentor Program has set this forum up. It will mostly be manned and moderated by Student Mentors - those are the guys whose posts will have 5 stars next to them. Since I have used the phrase Student Mentor four times already, it's high time you knew who they are. Have a look here.
However, forums with lots of people on them tend to become chaotic, with discussions going off-topic and people behaving immaturely. So, in order for this forum to be useful to you all, it is important that you read the following guidelines and keep them in mind when you post. We are sorry but we will have to be strict with the enforcement of these guidelines. Posts that do not conform to these might remain unanswered/might be deleted and repeat offenses might lead to you being banned.
- Irrespective of what your username is, change your display name to your real Name and Surname. This can be done by clicking on the Profile tab and clicking on the Account Related Settings in the left navigation bar. Also, we are very simple minded folks and would prefer it if you write this while restricting yourself to the characters A-Z/a-z.
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- Before you start posting, read all the posts in the forum titled Important Information The sticky pages that you see on the top in every forum have a lot of useful information that is likely to answer most of your questions. Please go through them before posting. If you post any question that has already been answered in detail in these sections, it is likely to remain unanswered.
- It is possible that your question has already been asked by someone else and possibly even answered. So, before you post, please use the Search feature to make sure that you are not repeating a previously posed question.
- Stick to the One Thread One Question rule. If you have a new, unrelated question, please do not hijack an existing thread. Start a new one. Not following this leads to unnecessary confusion and makes information less accessible.
- Likewise, post in the relevant forum. If it's organized, it's easier to look up.
- It is very important to write a meaningful subject line which indicates what the post is about.
- Procuring mattresses
- Query about Hostel room allocation
- urgent question!
- Please post in as grammatically correct a manner as you can. Bad grammar/spellings, apart from occasionally creating ambiguity, will only serve to turn readers off and will reduce the chance of your question being answered.
- Your queries will be answered by senior students of IIT Bombay. The moderation of a forum like this takes considerable time and effort, which they are putting in voluntarily. We expect you to respect this and be polite in your posts. Profanity is a strict no-no too.
- Lastly, if you wish to interact with other freshmen and discuss non-serious issues, please stick to the "Random Thoughts" forum for that.
- This forum is to address your queries, but open ended/controversial/philosophical questions about the Life, the Universe and Everything, which serve little but to spark off long debates, should either be discarded before you click on "Post" or should be restricted to the "Random Thoughts" forum.
If you're feeling like someone is breathing down your neck with all these guidelines, cheer up. This forum is for you
! So feel free to comment and reply wherever you feel appropriate. Enjoy, and we look forward to seeing you at IIT Bombay.