I thought the best place to draft this topic would be SEECS itself. So here I am, in the glorious library of SEECS. Excessive air conditioning has made this place a bit too cold and my toes have started to go numb. Anyway, this post is not about me, it’s about SEECS, the most desirable school of NUST.
When I first looked at the building, my first thought was “What is that green dome?” I thought it was symbolic for something or it is a miniature version of Hubble at first. But three years in this school and all the dome has is some wiring, other than the bird nests and the little leakages that let a good amount of rainwater in. The labs and classrooms are about the same size which makes the labs fairly congested because of all the apparatus. Same goes for the seminar hall. It can accommodate very less students and the seats have very little leg space. I think there was no estimate of students before the construction as huge rooms were later divided into tiny rooms using cardboard walls. Strength is still an issue. Ask it from the students who have to walk all the way to SADA for classes. Other than that, the building is fine and most importantly, kept clean at all times.
Enough about the construction, let’s talk about the basic survival rules. “Survival of the cunning” this is probably the very basic thing you need to know. You might be smart, you might be a hard worker too, but there is always going to be people less academically able and more cunning than you living a better university life than you.
Secondly, “Teachers are your saviors” not only in the good sense, in every matter. Success comes from the combination of two things in SEECS, first is obviously studying and second is running around the teacher. I am not saying this metaphorically, teachers can bring hell on earth for you. But it’s not all bad. Teachers can also be very helpful and can do you great favors, depending upon how well you know them. They are like your guardian angels.
There are groups. You cannot survive alone unless you are what they call a “Theta” and all you care about are books, handouts and LMS. Then you’re better off alone. For your social wellbeing, you have to be in a group. Make some friends and stay loyal to them. I know grouping is not the ideal environment but there is just too much politics here. Star Plus can’t compete with the things going on here, seriously!
But as I said, all is not bad. The institution holds great place internationally and there is extensive research going on in all labs. The best part is that it is recognized world over. Even better, the research is not primitive. From Android developers to iPhone freaks, from augmented reality to automation, and what not, this place has got the experts for all. It’s up to you what you choose. Whatever your interest is, you can excel in it here provided that you are determined enough.
The teachers here are not like your college teachers. They are people with very high caliber or a number of industrial links. Either way, they are a huge asset. Value them and they shall value you. Students can learn a lot from the faculty here. They are geniuses, with a few exceptions of course.
All you need is here. But you will not be handed anything. Whatever you need, you will have to discover it. The environment here forces one to use their brain, solve problems hence becoming more aware. SEECS can be your gateway to a better life, and better than SEECS would be near perfect. But only if an individual has it in him. If you have the driving force, the struggle, the temperament and the patience in you, SEECS can be and will be highly rewarding. Sincere advice, whatever you do, don’t try to run this place on your terms.