This is going to be a heavy venting session. Expect all forms of twists and turns to occur. A student will remain one whichever the level of education be it undergraduate, graduate or post graduate. We are in this constant pursuit of education and sooner or later we will attain it. However, along the way we will encounter challenges here and there and today I will tackle one of them.
The confidence they exude during campus especially during evening classes will immediately inform you that the latter is a graduate student. Of particular interest are the students currently enrolled in their master’s degrees. They are a difficult lot to deal with. Case in point, a security guard based in the library few semesters back was given a fair share of obscenities after he attempted to put a ‘masters’ student in line for not following the library rules. The female student decided to go on the offence and rubbish his academic qualities and abuse him in what turned out to be a dramatic end to an evening. The reason for the altercation was because the student did not sign in their laptop and when they were checking out, standard protocol demanded that the security guard check the student’s bag and ask why the laptop was not signed in. It was embarrassing, barbaric, common, plebeian, low, roughhewn, coarse, loutish, boorish, oafish, and troglodyte just to say the least.
This incident and many other interactions left me burning with questions. Why do master’s students think that they are now sitting on top of the world? I mean some of them have very questionable moral behavior. In the cafeteria, for example one would expect everyone to line up but since a master’s student is late for class, he will jump the queue and get away with a statement like ‘You undergrads still have a lot of time on your hands’. This uncouth behavior is very unbecoming of the said students. Even when seeking student services at academic advising officers, they jump the queue claiming to be late for a ‘business’ meeting. The word courtesy seems to be a foreign concept to them. They expect to be spoon-fed to say the least. Gone are the Victorian days where senior students would be worshipped and revered. It is 2016!
During student elections, aspiring student leaders go around campus campaigning as they hope to be elected. But even when they make class trips after being permitted by the lecturer, they are met by rude students who will jeer and laugh as if there was kid play involved. Just who do they think they are?
Nevertheless, there is another special group of upright master’s students who I must commend. They are respectful of every student and treat them appropriately. They go about their business without causing a fuss or becoming theatrical when its unnecessary. They are well-bred, cultured and am guessing they are cut from a different cloth vis-à-vis the latter who seems to have the lowest form of intellectual persuasion.
My final thoughts? Let us co- exist together, there is no need to behave like a caveman in this age and time. We all need each other. Peace out.