Essay on College Magazines in English

College Magazines Essay – 700 Words

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]raditions die hard. Most believably, they play a very important role in our life. They preserve and reflect the past. The greatness of educational institutions is usually judged by their long-cherished traditions. Cambridge, Oxford, Al-Azhar, Aligarh, and Harward are well-known names in this respect. The traditions regarding knowledge, sports, and extracurricular activities are handed down to the juniors who keep them alive by their achievements in these fields. After leaving the college, the former students keep recalling these sweet memories which very often become a constant source of pleasure. And the best way to preserve these precious memories and achievements are college magazines.

Good memories are lost jewels. Paul Valery, Pensees

Formerly college magazines were very rare. In Pakistan, very few persons could realize the importance of college magazines. But nowadays, College magazines have become common in our country. Most of the colleges bring out printed magazines. Some institutions which cannot afford to have printed magazines bring out hand-written magazines. They are circulated in Photostat form to all students.

Ours is a prestigious college. It is famous for its traditions of learning, college functions and discipline. The name of our college magazine is Al-Shujah. It is brought out annually, generally at the end of the academic year. The college authorities charge Rs.60 as magazine fee per head. Every year a Magazine Secretary and two Editors-one for English and one for Urdu are nominated by the College Principal and the Professors In charge of the two sections-English and Urdu. The College Principal and head of the English Department are the Patronin-Chief and the Patron respectively.

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“Of making many books, there is no end.” Bible

A college magazine is a collection of articles, stories and poems by the students as well as by the teachers. Students are to pay regular magazine fee. The money thus collected is used for the magazine. Some college bring out one issue in a year. Some bring out two, three and some even four.

“All writing comes by the grace of God.” Ralph Waldo

College magazines serve several useful purposes. Student, for the first time in their life, gets an incentive to think and to write. Thus college magazines develop originality of thinking. They encourage the boys to become writers. Everyone wants to see his name in the print. Everyone looks for the days when he can be a writer and when his articles, his poems are to be accepted by different periodicals. As a college student, the college magazine offers him a scope to be a writer. It invites him to write something. It assures him that his contribution will be published. Then he gets inspiration. He tries to better his language. He tries to be deep in his thoughts.

Of all those arts in which the wise excel, Natures chief masterpiece is writing well. Sheffield, Essay on Poetry

“Writing when properly managed is but a different name of conversation.” Laurence Sterne

College magazines increase the general knowledge of the students. They contain good articles by teachers as well as by students; these are generally instructive. They are thought-provoking also. In one book, the student gets many good things. He knows about literature and science, about sports and games, about cinema and theatre. In short about everything. College magazines try to bring about a close relationship among different colleges in the land. Thus every college receives a good number of other magazines. This facilitates the exchange of thoughts.

Thus the college magazine is a great necessity to our college life. But one thing, it should be well edited. The editorial board should pay proper attention to the selection of articles and poems for it. The board should not accept borrowed articles. Students should be more and more encouraged to write. The magazines should also contain the extracts from good articles and poems by great writers and poets.

“Our passion shape our books, repose writes them in the intervals.” Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things

Every year three cash prizes of Rs. 1000.00, 500.00 and 300.00 are awarded for the articles and poems, at the time of Prize Distribution. The magazine presents a true image of our college, students’ activities and achievements. Group photographs of the staff, office-bearers of the subject societies, position holders and sports teams find prominent 8 places in the magazines. Al-Shujha gives us a clear call to preserve the college traditions and enhanced its name and fame.


College Magazines Essay – 500 Words

Traditions and conventions play a great role in our life. An institution is great by its traditions. Traditions die hard. They preserve the past. Oxford, Cambridge, Al-Azhar (Egypt) Aligarh and Hoarward are great names. The torch of traditions is handed down to the Juniors who keep it burning by their achievements in the field of knowledge, sports and games. The alumni are proud of them and cherish their memories. The best way to preserve these achievements and memories are university or college magazines.

Ours is a prestigious college. It is famous for it traditions of learning, college functions and discipline. The name of our college magazine in CLARION. It is brought out annually, generally at the end of the academic year. The college authorities charge Rs. 10 (ten) as magazine fee per head. Every year a Magazine Secretary and two Editors – one for English and one for Urdu are nominated by the College Principal and the Professors In charge of the two sections – English and Urdu. The College Principal and Head of the English Department are the Patron-in-Chief and the Patron respectively.

The magazine activities are started just at the beginning of the season because it takes time to write and collect articles for the magazine. All the functions during the year along with photographs are given good coverage in out college magazines. The articles, poems, reviews, reports etc. by the students and teachers are submitted to the Magazine Secretary or the Professors Incharge by a fixed date. They are, then edited by the Editors and corrected and improved by the teachers. Then they are typed and sent to the press for printing. Our College has a photograph society. It covers all the college functions during the year and prepares snaps for the college magazine.

Our college magazine enjoys wide circulation. Each student gets one and teachers, two copies. Complimentary copies are also sent to external writers, parents and advertisers and officials. Students collect a substantial amount from advertisement fees. We anxiously wait for the publication of our college organ. It voices our opinions and views. The photo-gallery has a special attraction for the readers. Reports by the Sports Incharge, subject-societies, secretaries and ex-students are all published in the magazines. It is worth reading and preserving.

Every year three cash prizes of Rs.1000/=,500/= and 300/= are awarded for the articles and poems, at the time of PrizeDistribution. The magazine, presents a true image of our college, students’ activities and achievements. Group photographs of the staff, office-bears of the subject societies, position holders and sports teams find prominent places in the magazines. The Clarion gives us a clear call to preserve the college traditions and enhance it name and fame.

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