I have two very different experiences as a student. There’s NUST and before that, there was Roots.
Roots was a smaller community, and a smaller campus. NUST, in comparison, is its own city. You can walk for the entire day, and you’re still not going to find the edge. In winters, you freeze and in summers, you burn. But, because of its size, and the fact that there are so many autonomous schools, we segregated ourselves. “That kid is from SEECS. That girl is from S3H.” Roots was much friendlier, in that way. There was so much more intermingling, and no one was labelled with the subjects that they were pursuing.
Roots had less restrictions. It was a much more open environment. Teachers or the administration didn’t restrict you. They treated you like adults and respected your control over your actions, I guess.
In Roots, we were younger, I guess, so we’d open up much more. Here, people come from very diverse areas, and as a result of the diversity, and the completely different environment, opening up becomes a problem. As a day scholar, I think, I feel this more. As a hostellite, you live with them, and you have more of an opportunity to become comfortable, and eventually, you open up to the people who you’re surrounded with. They become your family away from family.
Evolving through Roots and NUST, has helped me mature. I’ve learnt to deal with situations and problems that arise.
Honestly, coming to NUST, I had a lot of expectations. As you do, when you hear things like “NUST is one of the best universities of Pakistan”. But, at the end of the day, it was all filled with the same people, and the same faculty, and… I don’t think it has anything “special”. It has a beautiful campus, though. I will give it that.
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