A journey of thousand mile begins with a step. Once upon a time, we gained admission to the nation’s premier University, the University of Ghana. We danced in jubilation and called our friends to inform them about this news.
As though we received our admission notice yesterday, the four year journey has ended or perhaps, has a few more days to end.
We’ve made friends, we’ve had memories. The University environment became our home and certainly, there are a number of things we are going to miss about this place.
Here are five things every final year student of the University of Ghana will miss.
Yes! Final year students will really miss the freedom they enjoy when being on campus.
I mean the fact that you can go out of campus and return as late as 2am can only be possible if you are not at home or living with your parents or guardians.
Another interesting dimension of freedom on campus is not being commanded by anyone to do stuff. Now if you don’t get what I am saying, let me cite this example.
At home when you wake up, you are expected to do basic house chores like washing a car, sweeping rooms in the house and helping your parents get to work. However, when you are resident on campus, when you wake up, you just think of getting ready to go for lectures or just buy some bread and egg then lie on your bed watching a movie. Would you not miss this freedom?
It is common to see students of the University either trying to get connected to ‘STUDENT’ or asking their friends for the spots on campus where the Wi-Fi is strong and fast. Well for those who could not have access to WIFI especially in their halls, sorry.
However, those who were always ‘online’ will appreciate the blessedness of WIFI. Funny enough, the people who were privileged to have access to WIFI hardly use it for academic related stuff but rather watching WhatsApp statuses, watch and download YouTube videos, download movies and watch football matches and updates. When you leave the four walls of the premier university and someone sends you a 16MB video to download, you will then remember the blessedness of Wi-Fi.
SOCIAL EVENTS(HALL WEEKS, DRINK-UPS ETC.)
Each semester comes along with its list of social activities. If you have been a student actively attending these social events, you will definitely miss out especially ITEM 13.
Well I know most students might not be happy with the kind of event I’m going to start with but it’s an event I find very interesting – inaugural lectures.
Inaugural lectures, public lectures and the likes are events which are very interesting because one leaves the lecture more knowledgeable. You also get inspired to achieve more in life but I know a majority of the final year students will miss being invited to parties, drink-ups, artistes’ night, fashion shows karaoke and a lot of fun-filled activities on campus.
Not forgetting religious activities, dinners, departmental week celebrations and club meetings.
GREEN SCENERY AND FLOWERS
Now some of you might think this is a flimsy reason but just give it a second thought. Undoubtedly, the University of Ghana has one of the most beautiful campuses (visit other campuses in Ghana and Africa then you would understand it better). What then makes the University so beautiful? The gigantic green trees which provide so much shade, the ever colourful flowers, in fact, there are some flowers I would not have seen if I had been to this school. It’s unfortunate I am not too good with names of flowers but their beauty cannot be forgotten. The neatly mowed lawns in this school is indeed a soothing sight to behold. For the picture taking lovers, remember the beautiful scenery on campus gives you a lovely background in your pictures.
The ironical thing here is, not many students are excited to attend lectures because they want to listen to what the lecturers are going to teach, rather they are excited to see friends and obviously this presents them another opportunity to show off their lovely clothes and do some comparison( (most ladies can relate).
Others want to take pictures with their cherished friends so they can upload on social media. Lecture theatres like the Jones Quartey Building (JQB), New N- Block (NNB) and N-Block have left indelible marks in the heart of many final year students.
Most importantly I believe every final year student has become a better person. We have all learnt a thing or two from this great tertiary institution.
All the best in your future endeavours, class of 2019!
Written by: Jennifer Esi Aniwa|universnewsroom.com