One word for my Experience in Babcock University – Omo.
There are so many things to love and hate about this university. From the food, to the daily drama with non-teaching staff, unsolicited public opinion, the average student’s schedule and how life is basically divided into school and church.
One memorable part of every student’s journey is attending classes. In the larger view, there are mostly 3 categories of students. The first set are the serious ones – known for leaving the hall at 6:30am for a 7am class (because “your first-class begins with your first class”). These are the ones we aspire to perspire to be.
While some other students walk into a class by 7:30am just because they can, and then my favorites; they completely stab classes but not without looking for help to sign their attendance sheet.
It doesn’t matter what category you belong to, whether you like it or not, at some point you are bound to meet or encounter certain types of lecturers during your stay in Babcock. If the school truly passed through you, then you got to meet all.
1. The Gister
Don’t you just love this type of lecturer? They always have top-notch and untapped gist for the class. He/She spends a whole chunk of the lecture talking about anything but the actual course itself. Gist could range from their experiences back in the day to something as random as the type of pets they keep at home. These lecturers usually pride themselves in their superman ability to quickly run through a 1 hour lecture in 10 minutes or less. How else will they have time for all their plenty stories? This lecturer is easy to love, because who doesn’t need a daytime story in the middle of a stressful day? The downside of the Gister, is that some can begin to repeat the same story several times, and there’s nothing you can do about it, but sit there and listen.
2. The Slay Queen
The Slay Queen makes for good class entertainment. They are always in tune with fashion trends, and they simply do not disappoint. One thing the class looks forward to is the sound of stiletto heels hitting the ground as a classy figure makes her way to the front of the class, with the words “Good morning class” bouncing off her tongue. If it isn’t this, then it’s the strong scent of good perfume that hits your nostrils, which immediately lets you know that your slay queen of a lecturer has arrived. Some of them carry around additional American accents to boost the package.
3. The Father/Mother Figure
This type of lecturer is so crucial to the well-being of the class. They are usually elderly figures that are easy going, and have won their way into the hearts of the students because of how chill and laidback they are. They are always easy to talk to, especially when you have gotten yourself into trouble. Their office fridge is always a plug for a cold bottle of water on a stressful day.
4. The Lecturer And Their Chosen
There’s always that one lecturer and their group of ‘special students’. They are usually known to be endeared to a few students, who they unofficially treat as a special class. You would usually find him/her calling the names of these students 5 to 6 times in the space of 30 minutes. In the lecturer’s defense, the chosen/special students are the people that appear to have the most interest in the course. When the lecturer asks a question or gives an assignment, they are the first people to raise their hands, and the first people to submit. In fact, some of them even submit way before the deadline.
The only way to enjoy, or actually learn in this lecturer’s class is to be part of the chosen. If you happen to be in the remaining 90% of the class that just be chilling, you’re on your own.
5. The “Cool Kid”
If you don’t meet this type of lecturer during your stay in Babcock, then you probably didn’t attend your lectures. The “Cool Kids” like to think they belong in the age group of the class they are currently teaching. You would most likely find this lecturer making his/her jokes, and proceeding to laugh at them – alone.
They attempt to connect with the class by using slangs from the 80’s that they think are still cool. On a good day, he/she throws in the name of one or two popular musicians just to bond with the class. Wizkid and Davido have really had it rough in this regard. The class however, appreciates this lecturer because it’s a lot of effort to attempt to bond with teenagers and youths. Not all the time sha, sometimes they genuinely just make you cringe.
6. The Lecturer That Can’t Really Speak English
It’s always vibes in this class because you can trust this lecturer to make a whole lot of grammatical blunders from time to time. Don’t get me wrong, it’s okay to make grammatical mistakes when speaking publicly, but it starts to get worrisome (especially coming from a university lecturer in a private university) when most sentences, both oral and written are laced in evident English blunders. It’s the icing on the cake when the lecturer has an indigenous tongue laced with the words (a popular example being the H factor).
To be fair, in this lecturers defense, English actually isn’t our first language. Its still so hilarious sha.
7. The Gorgeous Lecturer
These type of lecturer will have you questioning why you weren’t born earlier, and why there is a student- teacher barricade between you two. Somebody’s child will just be fine anyhow. You can trust him/her to keep a constant glow even in the middle of stress and pressure. They emanate positive energy and they are usually good at their job.
8. The Lecturer That Does The Most For No Absolute Reason
Lecturers that fall under this category will frustrate you into either hating the course, or questioning the need for education. It’s almost like they draft out plans on how to make life harder for the average student. Its always the lecturers who teach 2 unit courses that are the most annoying (and for no absolute reason). Who upset you please?
The absolute ghetto is to have your final year project supervisor as part of this group. All I can do is send prayers your way. E pele.
9. The Agbaya, Also Known As The Flirt
Hm. Did you really go to Babcock University if a lecturer never inappropriately flirted with you? Some of them may be subtle, while some will just lay on their pervertedness right from the jump.
From asking to see you in their office during closing hours, to even going as far messaging you on WhatsApp. These types of lecturers are the ones you should avoid at all costs.
Which other type of Lecturers have you encountered in Babcock? Tell us in the comments!