The 25th of July was marked as a memorable day in the life of every fresher at St. Mary’s College, Yousufguda. The Freshers’ day was a day that was filled with excitement, joy, music, enthusiasm, laughter and happiness. The chief guest for the day was Swathi, telugu cine actress. In her address to the students, she recalled her student days at St. Mary’s and was all praise for the college and its teaching faculty, she held high regard for the Director of the institution Mr. B. Mahender Reddy. The other guests at the event were the college Chairman Mr. B.A Reddy, College Director Mr. Mahender Reddy and Principal Dr. T. Rabbi Purthiran. The dress code for the Freshers’ day was ‘Dress your Best’. The celebration started of sharp at 10.am with the opening prayer followed by the welcome address, the Freshers were formally welcomed into the St. Mary’s family, the chief guest and the other guest of the day were introduced, after the introduction of the guest all the Freshers were made to stand up and take the pledge of initiation into the St. Mary’s family.
The event was sponsored by ‘Carbon Arts’, a coffee shop at Banjara Hills and Co – sponsored by ‘Ice and Jelly’, an ice cream parlour. The energetic and enthusiastic emcees of the show were Atif, Pranav, Zoya and Nidhi, second year degree students of the college. The program kick-started with the introduction round and the ramp walk for the contestants of the Mr. and Ms. Fresher 2009. All the participants were well dressed, conforming to the dress code and walked the ramp in their own style. The participants, who had been selected in the first round had to enter the second round known as ‘60 seconds to fame’, where the participants had to entertain the audience for 60 seconds.
The last round of the competition was the ‘question – answer’ round where the selected participants had to answer the questions asked by the judges. The judges for the competition were few of the senior lecturers of the college. All the participants were eagerly waiting to know the results, the judgment was based on the dressing style of the participant, the ramp walk and the overall performance. The results were finally declared at the end of the program and the title for the Mr. Fresher 2009 had gone to Mushraaf and Ms. Fresher 2009 had gone to Shreya.
The super cool seniors put up various performances like dancing, singing and skits to entertain their cool juniors, all the juniors were seen having a great time, the sponsors had given out various gift vouchers and prizes for the winners and participants. Ms. Naina, a specially talented youngster was introduced to the audience, who not only is a fresher and a student of Intermediate 1st year but is only 8 years of age and is multi talented. She played the keyboard and sang a melodious song and gave a complex to the seniors by demonstrating her extra ordinary knowledge and memory skills. This year the college had planned the Freshers’ party in a very unique and special way. In accordance with this, the college had conducted a Pre-Freshers day celebration that was held on the 23rd and 24th July, the dress code for the first day was ‘Desi Libas or Bollywood style’ where the Freshers had to come dressed in the attire of any bollywood actor / actress, a general quiz competition was held on that day for all the juniors by the seniors students, the winners of the quiz were felicitated on the Freshers day.
The dress code for the second day was the college colors green and blue, an awareness program was conducted on the second day where the Freshers were asked various questions about the college and the winners were given out surprising gift items, the Pre-Freshers was mainly conducted so that the seniors and juniors have a good rap over with each other and the college has succeeded in this endeavour.
The highlight of the freshers’ day celebration was the act of the Ragging action force (RAF), which has been in news for over a month now. They had a social message to convey through their stage performance. Through their enactment they condemned ragging and demonstrated the consequences of ragging. The Ragging Action Force (RAF) had put up a skit based on anti-ragging and the consequences that a ragger would face if found guilty of ragging, The RAF had also showcased a fashion show in which the RAF volunteers were seen dressed up as prisoners and the collection they wore was called as the ‘raggers collection’. Aunt ragging was also present there speaking about the consequences of ragging. All the students were also made to stand up and take the RAF pledge. The Pledge of RAF was led by Ravi, an active volunteer of the RAF.
The program concluded with the vote of thanks and finally with the national anthem, all the freshers including the senior’s rocked the show and enjoyed the celebrations and all the Freshers thanked the principal, staff and seniors students for hosting such a nice program that they could cherish lifelong.