Of late, I have noticed a lot of people want to be done with this place. Campus that is. Everyone seems to be in a hurry to leave and I am still trying to figure out where they are headed to.
It seems these people have a heightened desire to throw their graduation caps in the air in celebration. What they are driven by is something I cannot explain.
Most of the people who want to leave this proverbial Egypt and set off to Canaan do not understand that this is the last stage in life in which they have minimal or no responsibilities. Here in campus we are having it easy.
The only thing required of us is to attend 75% of our classes, submit assignments, do CAT’s and sit for our final exams. The hardest task one endures in Daystar Athi River is walking in the scorching and unforgiving sun as you make your way to class, period.
If the mere act of attending 75% of your classes is a challenge. Exactly, where do you want to go from here? Before the rest of you start thumping your chests’ because you have a 100% class attendance record, let me remind you that you too do miss class. The difference is that unlike those who do not sign at all, you have a friend in the same class who will gladly do it for you.
Heck! I might have even signed for you and /or you have done the same for me. If there is anyone amongst us who is punctual, has never missed class genuinely and submits all assignments on time. Then, let he or she be the first to leave.
On my part, I barely, I repeat. I barely manage to submit my assignments on time. I can’t begin to tell you of how I read for CAT’s and at times even the final exam the night before I seat for the paper. Thank heavens for energy drinks that have ensured my dream of graduating with a decent GPA is still valid. The beauty or horror of it is, I am not alone. In fact, I am part of a very big flock.
How many times have you seen someone walking hurriedly to class praying earnestly that the lecturer’s bus got stuck on the murram road. Lie to me, that you have never had to come up with a flimsy excuse to justify why you are not handing in an assignment that was given a month ago by the lecturer. Isn’t it a usual occurrence for you to hope against hope that the Kyocera printer will not let you down at the eleventh hour yet you were busy dilly dallying the whole week .
Office hours are normally from 9am to 5pm with a tea break at 10 and a lunch break at 1. Remember, at times you might be required to work well into the night. How do you suppose you will be able to accomplish this yet you complain about a one credit hour class being too long.
I am not insinuating that we are by any means lazy, irresponsible or procrastinators. No, that’s far from it. All I am trying to say is…tuko tu sawa.
Where you are headed is ready and waiting for you. It has always been. The question is are you ready for where you are headed? If indeed you are then let it show right here in Athi River campus. Don’t claim that you will start once you leave here, habit is second to nature.
Shame on those who claim that they will change their ways once money is put on the table. If the pay means more than job it will never pay more, always remember that.
Comrades! We are at Canaan but if you feel you are ready to leave then pack and go. In the meantime, I will continue to dwell here…in the land of milk and honey.