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!
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.
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!
When your eyes are barely visible through the dark circles underneath them. It’s the last chance to up your GPA if you want to graduate on time and you have TONS of readings to complete. You can’t enjoy the Fall because kya yaar, rona aa raha hai. You can’t remember what you studied all year long and nothing makes sense anymore. Finals week is here.
As students, we wonder why the feeling of dread hits us as bad as last year. Shouldn’t we get accustomed to the stress and the self-doubt? However, each time you are caught up in a frenzy of papers, deadlines, and responsibilities, you need to take a step back and remember the following;
1. Put your mental health first
If you’re not getting enough sleep and you feel like your lungs are collapsing with every breath you take, stop studying. Clear your bed of all loose papers, get a glass of cool water, light a sweet-smelling candle, dim your lights and just cuddle in your blanket. Breathe. Realize that you will pull through, just like you always do. You’ll be okay.
2. Don’t be too hard on yourself
You don’t have to complete 10 chapters in one day. Let yourself switch the laptop off when your mother knocks at your door asking for some advice. Help your little sibling out as they struggle to complete their homework. Treat yourself to a piece of chocolate cake each time you complete a chapter (okay maybe not each chapter, but you get the point na). You are not a stranger in your own body. Treat it with kindness.
We have grown to know procrastination like the back of our hands. It is hard to snap out of the daze when you feel overburdened with life. However, this is your battle alone. Get a calendar. Make daily, achievable goals. Tick them with a colored pen each time you complete a task. Before you know it, you’ll have revised your entire syllabus once before finals week, giving yourself time to breathe as everyone starts to stress out.
4. Your parents only want whats best for you
I know you hate when your dad looks at you with silent disappointment and it makes you want to shrink into a ball. I know it seems like your mother will always think of you as the silly little boy who can’t make decisions. But, don’t forget that your parents love you FOR YOU. They always have and they always will. A set of bad grades might piss them off momentarily but at the end of the day (literally), they want nothing more than for you to be happy and healthy.
5. Your professors won’t hate you if you ask for help
Believe it or not, that tough, intimidating professor who looks like they could solve the toughest calculus problem was once a student, just like you. They know what its like to be overwhelmed with studies and know how you can’t talk to your parents about your panic attacks. If you are slightly unsure of any concept, take an appointment and meet up with your professors. Tell them honestly what you don’t understand and don’t shy away from them.
6. Take out time for yourself
Lately, being a college student is all about skipping meals, smoking 10 cigarettes a day and shutting yourself in the library till the early hours of dawn. Be better. Go for a run to make use of all that extra energy in you. Eat healthy instead of stuffing your face with pizza five times a week. Read a book that makes you realize how beautiful life is. Stare at the sunset and feel all your problems disappear into thin air. Pray, even if you’re not religious.
7. You know more than you think
Its human nature to doubt yourself and panic each time your friends ask you, “Aur bhai, kitna parha?” Take it slow and take it easy. You’re not half as dumb as you’re convincing yourself to be. There’s a reason you’ve got this far. Believe in yourself.
8. Realize that the misery is only a week long
One week of hell is all that is coming your way. Strive hard and work sensibly because, at the end of the week, nothing you studied will matter. You will never be tested on it. The knowledge is yours to keep, forever. You have winter break to look forward to as all your friends come home for the holidays. You have to catch up on your shows and all you have to do is breathe, without a worry in the world.
Friends, remember that you’ll be okay and you’ll come out stronger than you went in. Best of luck for your finals, break a leg! Tag your friends in the comments to show some support and realize that some things are more important than exams.
Alright, I know this is going to sound hypocritical, considering it’s coming from someone for whom Riverdale is a guilty pleasure (I watch it IRONICALLY only, okay?), but honestly, why are TV shows about schools and universities becoming so unrealistic? I mean, nobody carries a Gucci purse to school, Blair. And nobody wears pearls to school (looking at you Veronica Lodge). And while yes, school/college/university is a trying time for many, surely it isn’t full of as much drama or romance as the media would like us to believe.
That being said, I feel as though THAT is precisely why we watch these shows in the first place, because they allow us to break free from the realistic constraints of this world, and step into the fabulous world of whatever fictional high school you’re choosing to attend. Below are ten shows that gave us all totally unrealistic expectations of School.
1. Gossip Girl
Nope, not even rich high schoolers from New York can look THIS fabulous on the daily. And I fail to believe that ‘finding their soulmate’ is the most important thing in their lives, while they’re in high school, HIGH SCHOOL I SAY. Also, how did they even manage to balance their unending social lives as well as school work and extracurriculars so well? Seems like sorcery to me.
Okay A) there is too much teenage angst in this show, and B) there is too much teenage sex in this show. Doesn’t even ad to the plot. Nuh-uh.
Yes, bullies do exist. But no way would bullies get away with randomly throwing slushies in your face. There would be some sort of consequence to repeatedly throwing a freaking drink in someone’s face, however minor.
What school on Earth allows its students to play paintball inside the school building? What sort of school offers courses like ‘Learning!’ and ‘The History of Ice Cream’? What sort of school has a cross-dressing Dean who is a little too emotionally invested in one particular group of students? (That’d be cool, though.) In all seriousness though, Community is a work of art, and if you haven’t seen it already, you really should.
5. Gilmore Girls
No way does a girl with barely any extracurriculars get into THREE Ivy Leagues. Also how does she end up getting accepted into Chilton 2 months into Soph year? Why wasn’t she informed on time? And then, Rory graduated Yale on time, despite having taken an entire semester off. Where’s her summer semester, I ask you?
6. One Tree Hill
Okay again, so much drama. There’s like, five people in this show and they all keep dating each other in varying combinations.
7. How To Get Away With Murder
Law school is nothing like its shown on this show. To begin with, rarely do you study cases from your own century, let alone current, on-going cases. Also, no professor would let a FIRST YEAR CLASS help in on-going cases, or talk to defendants, which would basically mean that Attorney-Client privilege is basically an imaginary concept.
8. Pretty Little Liars
No high schooler is out solving a murder case. Oh, also, dating your teacher is kinda sorta gross.
9. Teen Wolf
Okay since when have high school students had such amazing abs? No seriously, this is NOT what an average high schooler looks like. Also most high schoolers aren’t supernatural mutant wolves, js.
Good Lord, where do I even begin? Is it with Veronica’s unrealistic high school attire (pearls and pencil skirts?) or the turning of the school newspaper into the Jason Blossom Murder Investigation Headquarter™? Oh, or maybe we could talk about the time when the Principle endorsed a student-run militia assembled by Archie. That seems kinda sorta definitely totally unrealistic. Also Cheryl is totally creepy and no normal teenager talks like that, or walks around in thigh high heels for that matter.
What do you think? Which other fictional school gave you unrealistic expectations of real-life schools? Let us know!
Everyday in University we face different situations, and every student tends to react in their own way. But if you think about it hard enough, we are all the same. We can all relate to these two types of students to our own friends, even our own selves. Let’s cut to the chase and take a look, shall we?
1. Waiting for the teacher to come to class
Students that end up reading their novels
Students who sing their heart out while doing a dance number
2. Teacher cancels class last minute
“I did not wake up at 7 am for the teacher to cancel”
3. During Exams
Students who show their whole paper
Students that cover their exam and not let anyone cheat
4. 8 AM Classes
Students who are dressed up and have their hair done
Students who come in whatever they wore to bed
Students who read every word off the slide
Students who act like they’re your new teacher
6. Class Discussions
Students who get into a debating competition in 2 mins
Students who say stupid things just to make everyone laugh
7. Getting food from the Uni’s cafeteria
Students who are always asking friends to buy them something
The students who actually buy them the food
8. During a lecture
Students who actually listen and write notes
Students trying to complete their neend from last night
Students who are actively participating in every single club known to man
Students who would never be caught dead at any club event or meeting
10. When the teacher asks questions
The students that shoot their hand right up to answer
Students who sink low in their seats and hide from the teacher so she won’t pick them
11. Reading out loud in class
The student who reads way too slow and mispronounces every word
The Student who uses that fake accent every time they read
12. Due Dates
Students that ask in class when the assignment is due, then ask you when they get home, and still hand in the assignment 4 days late
Students who finish their assignment way before it’s due and give it to others to copy
13. Test day
“Koi teacher ko yaad na karaye kay ajj test hai”
“Miss ajj apnay testleyna hai”
Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below!
We’re living in an era in which it is more important for a student to have good grades, than it is for them to be happy.
From as long as any student can remember, everyone including teachers, parents, aunts and uncles, pushed them into studying to achieve the best grades possible. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with that, however as we’re pushing that child we tend to forget to tend to their emotional needs. As that child gets older and get’s more mature, the ‘pushing’ to get good grades turns into ‘pushing’ into getting into a good university, then a good job, and the cycle never stops.
We, as students, always hear things like;
“You’re only successful if you have a secure job, which you get through good grades.”
“Look at your older brother who got a merit-based scholarship, why can’t you be more like him?”
No one has ever personally asked me about how I’m doing, if I’m happy, what’s going on in my head. That is because no one can actually see what’s happening in my head because it doesn’t show like a physical illness would. Does that make it less important? No, it makes it even more important since you can’t see mental illness. That is why it is so much more important to discuss it, to spread knowledge about it, to stop making it a taboo.
If you’re physically ill you can go to the doctor, so why is it not okay to see a psychiatrist if you’re mentally ill? Why do people in Pakistan tend to label them as insane or pagal?
In Pakistan, the competition to be the brightest, or to have the highest CGPA is so great that it is so easy to neglect your mental health. Some people in Pakistan don’t even believe mental illness is a real thing. Now, let’s get the facts straight. Mental heath affects your emotional well-being, thus it can make you feel isolated, sad, even suicidal. An emotionally disturbed child has trouble learning and studying, they have a lower attention span and lower motivation as well. Mental illness, if not dealt with in the proper manner, can lead to grave impacts on the person suffering from it. In a University, it’s most important for the administration to address this issue and take control of it.
So, if you or a friend is suffering from a mental illness, here is what you can do:
Firstly, address the issue. Talk about it with someone you feel comfortable with, someone you trust. Secondly, get help. A physical injury needs to be treated, and so does any mental illness. You can visit your school counselor, different medical centers also have psychiatrists available. Lastly, spread the word that it’s okay to be dealing with this issue, you aren’t dealing with it alone.
Students especially a particularly susceptible. We face huge pressures from our families and society in general. This situation can only get better if we acknowledge the situation and the effect it has on us. Let’s bring a change into the mindsets of the people, shall we?