Apart from the fact that it's been a busy past week and a potentially busy week full of lectures, dissections, group discussions, assignments, projects, tests, stipple chases and of course....tiredness, last week had also been busy because I had to go start helping out my sisters who just got admission into the same university as mine with some work. We had to parade around the school together making me quit some of my scheduled plans just to get a hostel. This season isn't a very favourable one when it came to accommodation, both for guys and ladies. The matron in the hostel seemed to be a very annoying person because she keeps telling us to come back for the, part three weeks and tell at us whenever we come back and complain that we do not appreciate her efforts as students. Such a whiny old woman! She keeps making all sorts of excuses to escape attending to students who came to collect the hostel form. My main concern was for them to just procure a bed space because I can't squat them with the number of people (both room owners and squatters) already in our room.
I was happy today when they finally reported to me that they've gotten a hostel. I was in the Gross Anatomy lectures when I received a call from one of them and I thank God they were smart enough to have immediately proceeded with the payments if not once the spaces are full and you haven't paid, even if you got the hostel form, you'll have to find a place off campus..... or in the mosque!! (which is now even full) 😏.
I got my hostel with very minimum stress because I am a returning student. Freshers are the ones who usually encounter this kind of problems, and in this academic session, the problems doubled or even tripled because they combined students from last year and this year that's like combining two sessions together!! so you can imagine. I do not blame them though, it was due to the lock down that happened due to the pandemic a year ago, which made us loose a whole academic year, thereby disrupting the circular of the school. Aside that fact, alot of students seemed to have passed the entrance exams making the rate of admission almost double, so they decided to admit only 60% from each session to avoid overcrowding. Can you imagine that in a department you can find up to 300-400 students? Don't you find that outrageous!!.
My sisters also got admitted into medical school and according to her, they are up to three hundred and something in their class. Guess what that means for them? When it comes to exams, they will try to at least half their numbers which means they will try as much as possible to withdraw alot of students to maintain balance, same goes for other departments I guess, but the condition in which the freshers are receiving lectures isn't very encouraging. Freshers are not been taken serious up to now because the school is still giving admission, and we are right into the sixth week of resumption so you can imagine! Exams(for them) starts in about 10-13 weeks time so in order for my sisters to meet up, I had to sacrifice some of my own time to teach them some physics, chemistry, mathematics so that they won't be left behind. Now that they are in the hostel, I feel so happy because we can meet at will, unlike when we were still roaming about in search for a hostel and at that time they had to be going home after every single lecture day, our home isn't near the school, the distance is quite great.
Generally things seem to be going slowly in school this session, not only for freshers, but also for returning students. We have 14 weeks for the first phase to finish but we haven't still covered reasonable ground. We have to study on our own in fprm of group readings, presentations and the likes. Just reading something you haven't been taught alone can be mentally draining.
There're also news going round that ASUU is about to embark on a nationwide strike (to my non-Nigerian friends, ASUU is an acronym for the Universities governing body) but I don't know if that's true. If that is to happen then I guess we're doomed. I've had some good news here and there but one can't be too sure, these people can do almost anything are good at surprising (shocking) us so whatever the case maybe I guess we all just have to watch and see.
Thank you for reading my rants today guys and I am very sorry for not visiting your articles. You can see how I have to shoulder other people's burden as well as mine. Anyway it's just for the time being. Once they catch up, they'll be fine on their own.
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