(Second Year Results, Third year, and Hostel Accommodation)
( As at the time of writing this post, a fellow female comrade had passed-on in the ladies hostels…My condolences to her family)
Second year Results
Any living Civil engineering student can attest to the fact that you CANNOT say that you have begun a new academic year if you haven’t received the results of the previous year. I have come to accept and kind of “make peace” with the fact that it doesn’t really matter whether your brain is an aggregate of the likes of Einstein, Sheldon Cooper and Thomas Edison or it resembles that of “watu wa B.A.” ; bottom line is that engineering results can really **** you up. The 2009 movie “3 idiots” illustrates this theory better than I ever could. Of the 18 units we did in second year, I had 13 Bs, 3 Ds, a C and a supplementary, or as we comrades call it, “ soup”. Unfortunately, I drank it in Mechanics of materials (it’s something close to what most of you know as Strength of materials) and surprisingly, almost half of the class drank it along with me. Rumor has it that the senate has rejected those results. Explains why we haven’t done a re-sit yet. Maybe we’ve gotten away with it. Now that would be the perfect way to start the new academic year.
The graveyard shifts, the burning of the mid-night tungsten (for all who do B.A., tungsten ni filament ya bulb), the intense lessons, the wide syllabus to be covered in a short period of time and the reduced interaction with the rest of the world from cocooning yourself in the library.
These are but a few of the traditions that welcome you to the reality of being an engineering student, even more, one in third year. Fluid Mechanics graduates to Hydraulics, and you now get to appreciate the behind the scenes of the open channels you see around your village. In Theory of Structures, you employ 45 minute methods like the slope deflection, moment distribution and 3-moment theorem as the traditional methods of analyzing structures and resolving forces, because the easy equations of statics you used to rely on to solve your problems in a matter of seconds during your second year are no longer sufficient. Simple differentiation metamorphoses into equations reducible to separable forms, ordinary differential equations and other stuff that will crush the O.S. and shutdown the brains of wasee wa B.A. with all attempts at system reboot rendered futile. The chaff shall be separated from the wheat. The strong shall fight on, the weak shall move to B.A. I’m now in my second semester and I think I’m still part of the wheat…I think.
Simply put, as my friends in U.O.N say, one gets to see the difference between the guys from American Wing and the guys who spend the whole day picnicking apo nje ya Gandhi Wing.
T.U.K has limited hostel accommodation for its students i.e. 350 for males and 270 for females. Yes. This is the same accommodation that is expected to serve about 15000 students. As is expected, securing a room under these circumstances means the world to, say a Nyanzanite from Siaya Kababa who, before gaining admission to T.U.K, knew nothing and no one in Nairobi. Your chances of getting a room in these hostels are just about the same as those of life for a fish out of water. That said, praise be to the almighty, because I was able to secure a room in the men’s hostel located in South B. On admission to the hostels, one is handed a mattress, a curtain and of-course, the room key. The rooms are approx. 10m by 20m and each with two occupants-quite spacious for a campus student. Everything is great save for some 18th century rules, extremely dirty toilets, slow internet and food that tastes like sh**. I’m yet to be in any public institution that has good food. But then again, where else would this Nyanzanite go? Nairobi can be the most insecure place if you have no one to rely on but yourself. So for now ladies and gentemen, we either put up or shut up.
(unnecessary news: Someone decided to steal on of the two t.vs in the men’s hostel. 350 men have now been reduced to watching Manu struggle to qualify for Champions League Football on a 24″ screen. )
And the good thing is that you don’t have to be an Engineer to get this.