Back in the days of our folks and fore-folks attaining entry points to the university was the epitome of academic merit from secondary school. With scarce universities and cluster points being high as kite, bragging rights were legitimately valid.
That has changed, with universities almost everywhere and students being able to be sponsored into a parallel program with the government sponsored students.
Invariably, these two groups of students still have a major divide in a vast category of areas even though there might be a common grey area. They don’t relate the same, dress the same or study in the same way.
Regular students tend to be nerdy, but that’s expected given the means by which they made it to the university. You wouldn’t want to attend a party organized by medical students; the way they sip and just sit there you’d think they are still trying to figure out how they missed the diagnostics of a patient thus giving the wrong prescription leading to further complications.
Parallel students on the other hand, tend to study only during the lectures and prior to exams. They are more of party animals, play the loudest of music and ratchet with reckless abandon. They simply trip!
Trap houses and get lit like sulphur on doomsday.
Regular students, the staunch book-worms never seem to care what they wear, because there are better things to think of. Better things like how Australia has adapted the use of tidal waves to generate electric power that could reduce reliance on fuel by 70%. At what time would you think about fashion then? We are forever grateful for this lot.
The self-sponsored students, not much of that, they take Arts mostly, sociology, music, criminology, the likes so you should expect them to know how that electricity is going to be used on their electric guitar, charge their power bank for that weekend road trip plan to Nakuru, just to take a selfie in their new trend of fashion.
They are super creative though these guys, and know the difference between fashion and style, would tell you if a photo is filtered or not, a term that would take a regular student at least two years in campus to figure out its street relativity.
When it comes to leadership, the regular students are more participatory in the process because it affects them immediately and directly; most self-sponsored students stay out of school. They also have the largest number of participants in demos and strikes; more student, more student and less civilians, they know better how it feels.
Ironically, self-sponsored students hold most top leadership positions across campuses in Kenya. This is probably because they have the money (which is a determining factor in student’s leadership) and not necessarily because they are the best poised candidate for the seat. Profound, swell and eloquent leaders are stuck in the rumble of self-reservation and maintaining a civilized image that is in-built in them. Just try having a decent conversation with your current student leader then with the guy watching 9 pm news over coffee at the cafeteria table. What best comes out of one is “Comrade Tibim” and the other a well elaborated strategy on a promising leadership path. We are who we are.
Regular students don’t do so well at relationships though. A med student once told her B.A boyfriend that he’d have to use gloves in whenever he flips his fingers under! Their guys are the “hungriest” though and constitute #team-mafisi as compared to the self-sponsored ones. Takes lack of food to know hunger.
As a guy, find yourself at a school trip as a parallel student with regular students and you’d know discrimination is real and segregation never died. Arguably, it’s just all they do when you’re dissecting, measuring or designing on Friday nights. Their measurements are inversely perpendicular to chicks and their projectile design perfectly compatible with the voids of your feminine learned friends.
All the same, these two categories still remain comrades, with a common goal to study and achieve their dreams, united by the same “comrades power” spirit and still mingle and do business together.
So which group do you fit in? Tell us below.