10 things I hate about university life

Published: November 13, 2011
All the presentations, assignments and group projects … it’s like the teachers are pairing you all up and then going back into the staff lounge to place bets.

All the presentations, assignments and group projects … it’s like the teachers are pairing you all up and then going back into the staff lounge to place bets.

1.   The university itself. You imagine hushed halls, quiet libraries, and intellectual discussions where people quote “Hamlet”. What you get are fish markets, torn library books and people asking, “Ye Hamlet kaun sa naya banda aa gaya?”


2.    Your department. Seriously, is it too much to ask for a set of couches for the department when the teachers themselves sit in a room with stuff worth your house’s yearly rent?


3.    The teachers. They will ask you to write an article and will then berate you about how little you know about writing an article and how you are wasting your parents’ hard-earned money. Then, when you ask for pointers on better writing, they will tell you that they can only point the way, not give you actual directions to your destination. You can never win.


4.    Fashion. You struggle every morning to wear appropriate clothes, slap some kajal on your puffy eyes and somehow make it to your class where, as you stumble in, you see your other female classmates with smoky eye makeup, fabulous clothes, and no sign of sleep on their faces.


5.    The boys. Guys strut about as though they are the love children of Brad Pitt and George Clooney — pants around their hips, huge sunglasses, heavy incomprehensible grunting which pass for words. While they smoke outside class, their girlfriends do their homework for them.


6.    The girls. Really, just because I’m better than you, is no reason to badmouth me behind my back. It only shows how much you envy me. It’s not my fault that you think wearing earrings and form-fitting clothes is anti-feminist.


7.    The drama. Better than Star Plus, and no plastic surgery! You get it all: tears, fights, break-ups, scheming and even revenge. There is no way of getting bored when you get to witness a fight between a boy, his ex-girlfriend, his new girlfriend AND his fiancé.


8.    The projects. All the presentations, assignments and group projects … it’s like the teachers are pairing you all up and then going back into the staff lounge to place bets on the all-out catfight that is sure to break out.


9.    The cliques. I heard this term in the movie Mean Girls and was quite fascinated by it all, until I came to my university and got into a clique. Here you have the too-cool-for-you(but not)s, the A-level crowd, the rejects, the snobs, the shy/conservatives ones, and then the ones who really come only once a year and therefore, do not matter.


10.    The experience. You spend four or more years in this hellhole. You look at the bruises to your ego and the tears you’ve shed and, as much as you hate to, you have to admit — you actually did learn something, though not necessarily what you paid to study.

Published in The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, November 13th,  2011.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • Mj
    Nov 13, 2011 - 2:38PM

    Your university experience is determined by the quality of people you associate with. Make friends with sensible and mature students and you won’t have to go through the usual drama and politics which is better left behind at high school.


  • khurram mansoor
    Nov 13, 2011 - 3:06PM

    this blog is becoming haters play ground every thing is ten things I hate about….


    an you have 10 things I love about


  • Anonymous
    Nov 13, 2011 - 3:31PM

    You’re better than the other girls? Why? are you the love child of katrina kaif and angelina jolie? =P


  • antanu
    Nov 13, 2011 - 3:32PM

    Keep hating….since you dont have anything to do.A true pakistani psyche…


  • Xam Xaffa
    Nov 13, 2011 - 3:43PM

    Love It! :D


  • Sabih Zafar Ullah
    Nov 13, 2011 - 3:53PM

    Tribune writers hate too many things, from Ramzan to Bakra Eid, Winters and now University Life. Haters, try writing about 10 things you love….


  • wart
    Nov 13, 2011 - 4:09PM

    a sad life you lead i love university life !


  • Rafay
    Nov 13, 2011 - 7:08PM

    Which university do you go to? Anyone who has spent four years in any uni knows it is the best time of their life…Recommend

  • Aqib Bhatti
    Nov 13, 2011 - 7:18PM

    These are the 10 things u shd Love…..
    10 Things I Love about Uni life!!!


  • misspink
    Nov 13, 2011 - 7:27PM

    Hahaha. Yet another post that makes me thankful for never having lived in pakistan. And also for not participating much in the desi functions/groups at my uni in canada. Cheers!


  • Why-Oh-Why-Did-I-Read-This
    Nov 13, 2011 - 8:03PM

    Pathetic….such a waste of space.


  • Nov 13, 2011 - 11:29PM

    Point 7 makes her boredom go far far away. And yet she hates it. Logic?


  • Anonymous
    Nov 14, 2011 - 2:23AM

    i went thru dis article thrice n trust me dere isn’t even one thing tht i hav experienced or witnessed during my whole university life


  • Anonymous
    Nov 14, 2011 - 2:24AM

    Which university are you from??? =D


  • Proud Baloch
    Nov 14, 2011 - 7:08AM

    What is this atrocious paper doing here ?

    University life is awesome. Make the most out of it.


  • zedan rumi
    Nov 15, 2011 - 3:41PM

    hahahahah totally different experence you have at “your university” !!!!


  • sana
    Nov 17, 2011 - 5:14AM

    @ misspink
    u cant even imagine the amount of fun people hav at unis in pakistan.
    and i cant even begin to tell u bt plz dont take the word of a person who probably had
    no life what so ever to judge the whole population!

    university in pakistan! i can relive those years again and again!


  • Noor Ahmed
    Nov 17, 2011 - 8:20PM

    i love number 4 and 5 :P


  • BJT
    Nov 20, 2011 - 1:23AM

    no matter how many problems one has, university life is still the best years of one’s life…


  • Uruj
    Nov 25, 2011 - 9:41PM

    writer must be from karachi university!
    which century you talkin about yaar!


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