Freedom at the university is just an illusion…

As a child we always wanted to grow up fast, but now I realize that incomplete homework and broken toys were far better than unfulfilled dreams and the world beyond. As I grew, so did my tensions and responsibilities. Well this cannot define the difference between school life and college life but provides me a sufficient outline.

I always wanted to grow up fast and be like my parents so that no one could scold me or instruct me to do anything. School life involves tension over of studies but if we took up studies as a daily routine like bathing and eating then we would feel relieved of this tension. In school we have teachers to support, care and love us like a mother and expect us to be disciplined so that we are on the right path of a bright future. We enjoy a lot under the motherly warmth of our teachers at school.

We always wanted freedom; we used to think it exists:

  • Does it? Yes it does. It exists in the frank discussion with your teacher in school.
  • It exists in passing a lovely smile to teachers for even the gravest mistake in class.
  • It exists in the fight over stupid matters with friends in school.
  • It exists in not completing assignments on time and still asking for marks, in school.

At school we feel that we are bound by many rules and regulations and when we reach college we will be a free bird, no teachers to force us to attend classes, no uniforms, but isn’t that a false notion. At college we may be misguided and go astray without the supervision of teachers.

There are students who care about studies and are bound to attend classes no matter the circumstances. In college you are the best judge of any actions you choose to take.. The so called freedom is a mirage because responsibility of your actions lies on you. There is no one to guide you. I am at campus and I know the freedom out here is just an illusion.

In the end, the cookie of life, school and teachers are the chocolate chips that make life sweet, and surprising.

Jonan Abwine

Kyambogo University

Economics and statistics [3rd Year]