The moment is drawing nigh....I picked up my application for graduation today!It is just the other day that I came to the uni still smelling of jet fuel with the tags fresh on my lugagge.And look at me now!There are lots of things that I will miss when I am out of the 'ville but one thing that I won't miss is the brokeness, walking and the ethnic blandness (here most of the people are black or white - it's we international students that add some spice to the mix). But to give something you have to lose something. Here's to long work days, more bills, traffic jams and drama of all sorts. I am happy to say that I am on good terms with all my workmates, different employers and proffesors. I am a simple man and I try to avoid drama. Anyway here's to a new sem that will hopefully be my last.
One thing that makes me love going to school in the States or at least to my school coz other schools may suck, is the fact that professors try to work with you and accomodate you as a student. One of the required classes that I had to do wasn't being offered here this semester but at one of our satellite schools which is on a military base; since I am an alien I am not allowed in because I may steal military secrets or blow the place up.
Under normal circumstances that would mean that I would have to wait for next semester to do the course and as an international student unless it is my last sem I can't do one course and seeing as I want to do an internship during my last semester this would mean that I would have to add to more uneccesary courses. But lucky for me you can do some classes as an independant study but this didn't apply in this case, so my Advisor and the Head of Department worked together and created a course!
All I have to do is sit through an Undergraduate class and do some extra assignments (It also helps that I've had the prof for the undergrad course before and passed him all two times so he didnt mind me joining his class!)
If it were in Kenya I can picture the balding Head of Department seated at his desk looking at me and saying in a no nonsense manner, "I am sorry young man, you should have organised for such an eventuality; you will have to take extra classes next semester.There is nothing I can do." I had friends who did their Master's in Public Uni's and it isn't funny being at a Professor's mercy at all.I don't even want to get started about those professors who take pride in how many people failed their class (they exist here too) but seemed to be more prevalant back home.But that is a post for another day or for someone else who wants to pick it up from here.
Other then that I am going to the Lake today for a picnic to welcome the new international students, so look out for some pics.Let me leave you with highlights of the Community Shield.Mimi ni wako, Aco....