It’s 2017, oops, I mean 2018 now and the world is basically perceived as a global village. At this point in time nothing is really private anymore, any opinion or video you upload can be viewed by almost anyone in the world. Ideas and thoughts float around the web like cereal in a bowl, with that being said, here are the popular, unpopular opinions among us today:
1. Winter Break isn’t short, it’s actually fairly long
2. Snape wasn’t an unsung hero, he was a teacher that enjoyed embarrassing and belittling students
Oops, sorry Snape fans
3. Staying at home sucks, it’s more exciting to go to University
Friends, cafeteria, and knowledge! What else could you want?
4. Every University campus should have a place allotted for smoking
I may or may not feel my lungs already deteriorating
5. Game of Thrones is highly immature and dull
That’s why everyone is obsessed I guess.
6. Football is hyped up in every University for no reason
7. The University you go to says a lot about the type of person you are
So, university stereotypes are real?
8. Icebreakers on the first day of class are fun
Especially playing name games…
9. Couples showing affection on campus are actually cute af
10. It’s necessary to study throughout the semester
By all semester you mean the night before the exam right???
11. Musical.ly and carpool karaoke videos are lame
I still watch them on Instagram but like, they are, totally.
12. iPhones are overrated
and overpriced. Still owns one anyways.
13. Your CPGA doesn’t matter after you graduate
As long as you got that degree in your hand
What other popular unpopular opinions have you heard? Let us know!
Everyone finds comfort in their own home, and that home can be anywhere, or anything. Pakistani students are usually a little nervous to go abroad to study mainly because of the language barriers, different culture, homesickness etc, something we call ‘culture shock’. In my case, I had ‘reverse culture shock’.
Reverse culture shock is having lived abroad and then returning to your home country and experiencing that change in society. I experienced this first hand when I first came back to Pakistan to study for O levels.
Brought up and raised in Canada, I had no vivid memory whatsoever of my home country, so I was naturally reluctant and scared to start O’levels in a school in Pakistan. Firstly, I was not very a little weirded out by the fact that there were uniforms that had to be worn, makeup or nail polish wasn’t allowed, and all your hair ties had to be black. It was a bit odd, but that was the easy part.
The teachers at my school weren’t very welcoming, they were quiet harsh.
One of them insulted me in front of the whole class for not knowing what the syllabus was in my first week of school, another taunted me for wearing up hairstyles with braids and twists in them. I wasn’t used to this kind of treatment by teachers, because in Canada, they weren’t allowed at all to call out someone like that. Looking back now, I realize that they didn’t mean to single me out, that that’s how those teachers were, but at that time, naturally I got hurt and didn’t feel welcome, all I wanted to was go back.
I began to hate going to school. I used to beg my mother everyday to change my school hoping it would make the culture shock a bit less.
However my mother consoled me, she said everything takes time to get used to, and she turned out to be right. Almost everyone in my class thought that I thought I was really cool and superior, when in reality, I was very uncomfortable and just wanted to make friends. It took some time, but I did find the right people that really stuck by me. Even after seven years, I can still count on them.
Every society is different, every school system is different, and what I believe got me through that very hard first year was my friends, and my family. Pakistan is a beautiful country with beautiful people, it took time but I adjusted and made this life my new normal.
Have you every experienced culture shock? Let us know all about it in the comments below!
Pakistani Student, Umair Asif, recently bagged the award for best thesis at Seoul National University in South Korea.
Umair Asif is a youth activist from Lahore, who recently gradated from Seoul University. He is a 2012 graduate from GC University, Lahore, from where he won a certificate of distinction. Umair is also the founding director and board member in the Kafka Welfare Organisation and a regional education activist at Alif Ailaan Education Campaign.
The Dream Together Masters Programme at Seoul University aims to promote global sport development through providing world-class education for future leaders in the field of sport management. This programme was also started as a legacy of Winter Olympics 2018.
27 young leaders from 23 countries went to South Korea to study under the under the Dream Together Masters Programme, and it was Umair Asif that came out on top.
Umair Asif was awarded the Best Thesis Award among students from 23 countries for his thesis titled ‘Sports for Development and Peace: The role of sports for development and peace programmes to prevent violent extremism among youth in Pakistan’.
“Alhamdullilah, graduated in Dream Together Master Program with best thesis award. Feeling blessed,my thesis was “Role of Sports for Development and Peace Programs to Prevent Violent Extremism among Youth in Pakistan.” Umar Asif shares on social media.
What? Winter break should go by faster? Am I in my right mind? Yes, yes I definitely am. I am the type of person who could sleep for 12 hours and still wake up tired, however I definitely cannot sit and do nothing all day at home. It’s nice the first couple of days, and then you can literally just feel yourself melting in your sofa. Also:
1. You realise you have no work to do
So you just aimlessly wander around your house trying to find the purpose in life
2. You don’t see your friends on a daily basis
And no, texting or calling is not the same thing as seeing them in person 🙁
3. You can’t ‘accidentally’ run into your crush
Yes you can stalk them online… but it’s not the same as low key stalking (uhh I mean seeing) them on campus
4. You have the weirdest sleeping schedule
You’re sleeping when you’re supposed to wake up, and waking up when you’re supposed to be getting to sleep
5. You’re becoming lazier by the second
You contemplate for about 10 minutes whether on not you’re willing to get a bladder infection or get out of the comfort of your bed to go to the bathroom
6. You tend to open the fridge every 10 minutes and then just close it
You think ‘hey, maybe this time when I open the fridge I’ll find what to do for the rest of my holidays’
7. Your mom’s actually asking you to help out in the kitchen
Uhhh, no sorry mom, gotta go do some thing, y’know the thing, okay bye.
8. So you stop stuffing yourself
When you’re bored your brain’s automatically like: Eat Something. So you do.
9. You’re family’s beginning to get on your nerves
I swear if I hear “when I was your age…” one more time…
10. You’re actually (maybe) looking forward to learning and sitting in class
Ahh, the good old days
11. You feel unproductive all day
And it’s kinda bringing your mood down
12. You’re done catching up on GOT
So now, you have no idea what to do with your life
13. You’re tired of doing nothing all day
Dare I say it, I kind of miss doing assignments and projects omg
Do you want the winter holidays to go by faster? Let us know!
2017 went by so fast, it is absolutely insane to think that 2018 is almost here! It’s time for those “New year, new me” captions again, and this time every student should get in on the action. With a new year comes a new beginning, so we asked students to tell us about their new years resolution and the answers we got were:
1. Increase my CGPA
Hey, every student could always work to try and better their CGPA.
2. To create balance
To have a balance between University, family, and friends is what every student hopes to achieve.
3. To get myself more involved in co-curricular activities
You’ll definitely regret not being involved in different activities in and outside campus after you graduate.
4. To learn to relax
Use your winter break to take a little breather, and just chill out.
5. Focus on my family more
University is important, but so is a strong, healthy family relationship.
6. Concept not ratta
The ratta might help you pass your exam, but the concept will take you a long way.
7. Work on my grammar
It’s never to late to brush up on those skills.
8. Stop procrastinating
Whatever you thought about when you read this, do it now!
9. Go on a University trip with my friends
Make some memories, this winter vacation is the perfect time!
10. Be more organised
Organisation skills will help you be more efficient and increase your work ethic
11. Drink less coffee
We all could use a little caffeine detox
12. Be more grateful
We have countless blessings in our lives, let’s show a little gratitude shall we?
13. Focus on my health
Your mental and physical health should be your top priority, don’t let it slip!
What are you new years resolutions? Comment them below!
You know you opened this listicle because you have literally watched every movie and every show they have on the very limited selection on Pakistan’s Netflix. It’s time for some zesty recommendations my friends, and with a new year, come new movies. Let’s get started!
1. Legally Blonde
You had to see this one coming. It’s about Elle Woods, who is the typical sorority girl but decides to get into Harvard Law, in an attempt to win her boyfriend back. Besides the fact that Reese Witherspoon is the lead, there are so many reasons to watch this movie: It’s funny af, you will lowkey feel motivated to achieve your dreams and goals that are impossible to reach, plus it has a vey strong female lead. Everyone wins.
2. The Blind Side
Not only will this movie make you cry like a little baby, it’ll also make you thankful for everything you have at the moment. This movie is a true biography about Michael Oher and his childhood up to the man he is today. You will absolutely adore it if you love football, or if you have a heart.
3. The Social Network
Everyone is on Facebook these days, but do you really know the back story about how it was created? This is a true story about Mark Zuckerberg and how he was just like any normal Pakistani guy: bad with the ladies, and had an inferiority complex towards athletic boys. If you’re a student of computer science, you definitely can’t miss this!
4. Good Will Hunting
For those students who are smart but don’t use their abilities to the greatest extent. Every person needs a push now and then to make sure they don’t slack off, so for those who do, watch this movie and feel every nerve get inspired to be more.
If you are a little weird, and have a great sense of humour, this movie will be hands down the funniest movie you will ever see. It’s about sisterhood, family, first times, responsibility and everything else you can think of. You’ll learn how even if you have grown old, you can still have fun and party it up like you’re still in College.
6. Dead Poet’s Society
Anyone who’s lazying around, wasting away their holidays, this movie is an incredible pick-me-up. For students who need to recall why they they chose the major they chose, to make themselves better, to know that they too can change the world, watch this. I’m a sucker for any Robin Williams movie, and you should definitely be one too.
7. 21 Jump Street
Yes, 22 Jump Street wasn’t as good, but the first one was amazing. If you’re down to look at Channing Taum get back to High School and kick some ass, you can definitely do no wrong with this movie. It’s great for a girls night in, hell, it’s amazing for a guys night in too.
I promise you this is not some lame musical, but it’s a musical that is very funny and has all your favorite songs in it. Life in University should not just revolve around your syllabus, but extra curricular activities that will probably help you find your soulmate and win a competition.
9. The House Bunny
Another chick flick that guys can secretly watch too. Playboy bunny Shelley is kicked out of the mansion and is now the house mother of a sorority house. It’s all about makeovers and being nice and learning about how it’s whats inside that really matters, and all that basic stuff.
10. Step up
Pitch Perfect has a lot of singing, and Step Up is filled with beautiful choreography. It’s cool because it’s like a bollywood movie, but only 1.5 hours and a better story line. If you fall in love with this movie than you don’t have to worry because there are 4 more of them for you to enjoy.
Since literally everyone I know is getting married in these holidays, this movie is perfect. It’s about getting together with your friends for a wedding and you end up gossiping, cat fighting, trying to strange each other etc. basically everything that goes down in every wedding.
Students are, let’s admit, more on edge than others. We have exam stress, homework stress, parent’s pressures, and everything you could possibly imagine. You name it, us students are stressing about it. Thus, any one little thing can trigger us into having the worst day of our student life, crazy? yes. Here are 13 tiny annoying things that can turn your day into a pretty bad one:
1. Having a bad hair day
Don’t force 2 things: relationships, and ponytails.
2. Not having enough time for your morning tea/coffee
Students who are caffeine addicts, (moi) will definitely understand
You can be stuck in traffic for literally 5 minutes and just get really angry, because tbh traffic sucks.
4. Bad marks
No you didn’t study all that hard for that test, but still, not cool.
5. Phone running out of battery
You also forgot your charger, and now your asking around begging for a charger because that phone right there is your entire life.
Not a rain person at all. Fucks up your hair and clothes and makeup and bag and shoes…need I go on? A wet day is a bad day.
7. Realising you have a massive pimple on your face
The whole day you actually wondered why people were staring at your forehead. Stupid pimples.
8. Trying to contact your friends but then realizing you ran out of balance
Then you also learn that your university ran out of cards, so now you just sit alone in the cafeteria waiting for any familiar face to show up.
9. Forgetting you had a test today
You knew you were forgetting something, so just as you walk in class: surprise!
10. Forgetting to put on deodorant/perfume
You keep low-key trying to smell your armpits to see if they actually smell, and wonder if others can smell you
11. Realising you forgot your wallet at home
Even though there were only Rs. 200 in it, you feel naked and broke. Instant bad day
Every student has a different reaction to exams. Some stress out, some binge eat, some remain calm and procrastinate. Again, after they actually take that exam, different reactions can be observed from different students. To learn the human nature and how the mind works better, it’s important we analyse these reactions:
“Yaar, what was the answer to this question?”
So, as you can see, this student is insecure. They aren’t quiet sure what the answer was and are relying on others to give them the information they need. They don’t even realize that now that the exam is done, they can’t do anything about the answer they gave already. It’s gone now my friend, get over it.
“I totally failed.”
This student is a pessimist. They don’t even know how they did, they just know one thing: that they’re gonna fail. The funny part is, most of the time they actually end up doing really well. So, the question is, do they just say they failed to have low expectations for themselves, or because they actually believe they failed? Or were they just dropped as a child? Who knows?
“Honestly, it wasn’t even that hard.”
The “I’m so cool, nothing ever fazes me” kid. We get it, you’re smart, and you’re the first to hand in your exam but just pls stop. The Einstein shit you’ve got going on there needs to tone down a bit. You might have been raised in a supportive household, but when you say ‘it wasn’t that hard’ to your fellow classmates who didn’t know shit, you might get a chittar or two.
“The exam was so lengthy.”
The complainer. They complain about everything. From the way the question was worded, to the amount of time they got to answer, to the pen that ran out of ink. They basically blame everything else, besides themselves, for not doing well on the exam. I hope one day, you can actually learn to take responsibility for your actions.
“Kasam se, I’ll start studying next semester.”
Every friend has been hearing this from at least one person in their friend group since they were, like, born. This student might have a habit of believing they’ll never be good enough, so they end up not trying. They didn’t study, they probably cheated off of somebody in the exam, and now they’re making jhootay waday about studying next semester. You know this won’t ever be true, so you just nod and smile and say okay.
“I hope she marks leniently!”
The student who basically leaves it up to the teacher to give them good marks, no matter what horse poop they wrote in their exam. But, newsflash honey, teaches (mostly) give you the grade that you have earned. This isn’t second grade where you get a certificate just for participating, or for just showing up.
“All the shit I wrote on my hand didn’t even come in my exam.”
This student actually spends a great deal of time cheating, before and after the exam, and ends up still not getting good marks. Half the time, they don’t even know the stuff they wrote on their arms, and look after to see that the answer to question 3 was there all along! Hats off to you folks.
What other reactions have you observed, and what is your analysis about them?
Now that exam season is almost over (hallelujah), it’s time we start thinking about what courses would be appropriate to take next semester. Let’s not lie, general courses are mostly courses students take to boost their GPA up, because major kay courses are hard enough for them as it is. So we are here to help! We have laid 13 questions you need to ask yourself before enrolling in the perfect course:
1. Is this course relevant to my major?
The most important thing to keep in mind while taking another course is whether or not it supports your major. What’s the point of studying biochemistry when your major is Political Science?
2. Am I actually interested in studying it?
You’ll be wasting time if you aren’t interested in studying a course. 1 and a half hour will feel like a decade.
3. Is the teacher a strict, or an easy marker?
DOES SHE GIVE OUT A’s LIKE A HUG? How hard will you have to work to get an A that is the question? If she’s an easy marker, do not think twice.
4. Is the course easy?
Sometimes your major courses are demanding, its important to make sure you take an easy course like creative writing to balance it out.
5. Will I be able to learn something new?
If this course offers you knowledge that helps broaden your mind, you should take the course.
6. Will it come in handy in my professional life?
How helpful will the course be in your professional life? Make sure it offers you skills and information that can assist you in your future.
7. How will my timetable look?
Nobody wants to sacrifice their sleep and attend 8 AM classes in the morning. Enroll in something that won’t keep you up at night. You deserve atleast that much.
8. Can I get a good grade?
Sometime you take certain courses just for the sake of increasing your GPA. Be thorough and double check with someone who as already taken that course, to see if it’s easy or not.
9. Will the teacher kick me out for short attendance?
Sometimes we don’t feel like attending class, the café seems more interesting than the classroom. Find out if your teacher is strict about attendance policies, because in the end, short attendance comes to bite you in the ass.
10. Are my friends taking this course?
Who doesn’t want their friends in the same class? Apart from having a good time, it is necessary you know someone in the class.
11. Does the teachers take classes regularly?
If your teacher misses classes on a regular bases, its great and all, but the burden of the course will fall on you. So make sure you don’t get stuck in taking make up classes all semester.
12. Am I wasting my time?
If a course isn’t relevant to your major or you aren’t interested, you should definitely think twice about taking it. There is no point in wasting time; instead you should focus on your better courses.
13. Did anyone I know take this course before?
If yes, what did they say about it? Do they recommend it?
What questions do you ask yourself before taking a class? Let us know in the comments below!
On December 7th, Kinnaird College For Women’s Studies is hosting a jam-packed event in celebration of the beloved poet, Habib Jalib!
Habib Jalib’s beautiful poetry, his determination, and the love for his country is recognised all over the world. Being a progressive poet, Jalib wrote against the military coups of General Ayub Khan and Zia-Ul-Haq and protested in the streets against the Hudood Ordinance alongside women.
Habib Jalib was and still is widely read.
This is because he took the complex ideas of socialism and distilled them into indigenous politics, poetry, and humour. He was a voice for the masses, and his words instilled a greater joy and evoked a sense of pride among them.
To commemorate Jalib’s work, the Literature department is hosting an event with honourable guests. Oh, and a free concert by Laal Band!
The guests that will be attending this tribute include Tahira Habib Jalib – daughter of Habib Jalib – Abid Hassan Manto, a prominent literary critic, and the famous Punjabi poet, Baba Najmi.
At the end of the event, the socialist band “Laal Band” will perform for all the students and faculty present.
The guests will first get a chance to discuss and speak about the illustrious poet, including his life, his work and especially his politics.
Habib Jalib was not a revolutionary who was confined to his poetry. Rather, he was a revolutionary in his life as well. He refused to take a single penny from the government even when he fell ill. In fact, he told former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto who insisted on taking him abroad:
“Yeh jo baaqi ward main paray hain, woh nazar nahi arahe?”
The same charisma, determination, and sense of nationality cannot be seen today in Pakistan.
It’s important to pay tribute to the heroes who stood up for what was wrong and worked hard for a better future. We keep poets like Jalib, Iqbal, and Faiz alive because they teach us that a pen is no less than a sword, and you can make all the difference in the world with just that one tiny, but mighty sword.
His patriotism and literary brilliance can be seen through his work:
“Khet waderon se le lo Millain luteron se le lo Mulk andheron se le lo Rahe na koi Alijah Pakistan ka matlab kya La Ilaha Illalah… “-Habib Jalib
Let’s hope we keep such great men alive and keep celebrating them for being awe-inspiring figures.