There are aspects of campus life that are common and can be found in every university.
However, there are, certain things that are peculiar to just certain campuses. Obviously UCC has some features that only UCC students can relate to. For the benefit of the first years , lets go through a couple of them.
DAWN, WEEKEND AND EMERGENCY QUIZZES
You cannot be in UCC and not write all of these 3 forms of quizzes especially the ones at 4 or 5:00 am. You will avail yourself regardless of your distance from the quiz center. Also expect a quiz which will be unannounced (emergency) or one on a Sunday before and after church.
SARCASTIC LECTURERS AND SEXY TAs
It is hard to not note at least one lecturer in the department who is very sarcastic and takes immense delight in throwing shade.’’ I don’t have any exams to write again so if you will not learn ‘gyae!’’ he says after ending the 30 minutes lecture that was supposed to last for 2 hours. A sexy TA is seen in every department and boys will submit their questions they’d rather ask in class to the TA personally for reasons best known to them.
NEC IS TRAP
The New Examination Center is a just a trap. To every student there is a personal invigilator who has been contracted to stand and breathe over your neck. It is also the favorite venue for resits.
OLD SITE AND NEW SITE- THE HUSTLE
You may at some point have lectures at 8:30am at the old site and by some miracle another lecture at the new site at exactly 8:30am. A lot of us walk and the rest commute via vehicles with the walking groups entering the class at 9:15 drenched in sweat.
THE ATL AND CASFORD POWER STRUGGLES
The school has been divided into two kingdoms, Casford and ATL and you have to belong to either of the two groups. ATL are the kings in the north and such a declaration means they are in open rebellion, for now the (Casfordians) Red Lannisters occupy the Iron Throne.
NO ONE IS SATISFIED WITH THE RESULTS THE PORTALS DISPLAY
Almost everyone thinks of everyone as a 1st class student because almost everyone is studying at some point in time, yet no one really knows who the 1st class students are, because the results are not posted, at least for now. Few attend the Dean’s Award because few have any business there. What we know is that everyone is dissatisfied with their results including the 1st class students. Tricky.
Located in the heart of the school, you may have seen the 8th wonder of the world along the school bus road. It is just incredible.
McCOY OR THE BUSH CANTEENS
Look, everybody enjoys food from the bush canteens at the science market. Most of us do, considering how trendy and international they are becoming. However there are the McCoy loyalists.
THE CELT GLASSES
Who has not seen a reflection of himself/herself in the blue reflectors of CELT, wait, now, CALC – the name keeps changing but the glasses do not. It is featured in most selfies and groupies from males and females alike. Lecturers re-position their belts by it and students admire their clothes in front of it.
The beach is called ‘’Nkoso’’ for a reason and if you have not featured there yet, in the words of Linkin Park, “What the hell are you waiting for?”
Honorable mentions include the G-Block Wi-Fi, the noise from Valco Halls and the ever sexy, endowed Abena Korkor… lol
Just in case you hear someone mention them too!
Written by: Francis Obeng (UCC)