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College Megazine and their Uses

English Essay on "College Megazine and their Uses"

In England most public schools of any pretensions have their Schools Magazines and the institution is becoming common in Pakistan though, here they are found ore in colleges than in schools. A College magazine serves several useful purposes: the most important, perhaps, being that, if it is well edited, it fosters esprit de corps, or what may be called college patriotism, it can be made to help the scholars to realise that they are a united body, however different maybe their individual taste and occupations, and it should teach them to be proud of the schools to which they belong, loyal to its best interest and anxious to uphold its best traditions.

The school magazine, also, may serve as a link between the present scholars and the “old boys”, and help to keep the later in touch with their old school. As former pupils read the school news month by month, they will feel something of the old pride in the place where they got their education, and their interest in it will be maintained. If their school issues no magazine, these “old boys”, scattered about the country and absorbed in their own occupations, are liable to forget their schools and lose interest in tits welfare.

The school magazine encourages that boys to practise writing, by affording opportunities to building authors to see their Compositions in print especially if the scholars arc encouraged in health rivalry by the offer of prizes for the best articles that appear in the year. A body that will take little interest in doing a set exercise in class, will put forth his best efforts when he known that his composition will appear in print and may win the prize.

The school magazine, also affords and good platform from which the Head Master may from time to time speak to the whole school on matters of school life and discipline, and the more serious matters of character and conduct.

But if it is to serve all those useful purposes well, a school magazine must be carefully edited. The editor should be one of the school staff though he maybe helped by sub-editors chosen from among the scholars.

The should raise the standard of the magazine by refusing all badly written contributions, and any that are silly, in bad taste, or objectionable on other grounds. Too often such magazines do more harm than good, or at best are very poor productions, imply because the editor does not take his work seriously, and is satisfied with filling the pages somehow with anything he can get hold of. Better no magazine at all than a worthless and silly production.

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