"I am an elder" is all that a student in their final year in the university will chant and brag about. Some will even go ahead to add the term "finalist" for purposes of vividity. The words are said with much prestige and pride as though one has completed a doctorate degree. The ''juniors" are left envious wishing when time will come for them to be addressed with this prestigious title.
What these juniors don't know is that being an elder or rather a finalist comes with a full package of responsibilities and there is indeed very little to smile about it apart from it being the last year of an undergraduate.
An elder has attachment reports to write, a project to undertake topped up by a heap of assignments from lecturers who no longer sympathize with "big people". "You are no longer 2nd years, you must learn to work under pressure" they are told. Besides their busy schedule are the unavailable lecturers who are supposed to guide them on how to undertake their research project within a span of two months. Ask some of them how far they have gone with their project and they will tell you "lecturer hapatikani bwana" yet it's three weeks to exams and by then one should be done with his/her project.
Would you smile if you wrote a five pages introduction of your project and then the lecturer tells you that your topic is invalid yet it had been approved before you began working on it? What if you worked up to chapter three of your project and your PC crushed? Then what is all this fuss about being an elder?What if you no longer go raving, clubbing, swimming, picnics and the countless nature walks you always went to in the previous years with your buddies?I fail to see the fun of being a finalist.
It's at this stage that elders are seriously thinking of how they are going to cope with life after school and sending endless job application letters. Some are actually in fear of tarmacking and taking the responsibility of being independent with no helb yet the least they will want to do is to ask for pocket money from their parents.Others are in dire need of getting the girl or man of their dream yet there is no time for them to chase after one another.
For those in relationships, they encounter endless arguments and no one seems to understand the other especially if both are elders. The mums and dads face the most challenges. It's even worse for a lady who plays the role of a wife, mother and student at a go.You being a responsible woman must know what the husband will eat and ensure he's neat while going to class besides suckling a two months kids, attending classes and ending the day with conjugal rights regardless of whether you are tired or not.
The dad on the other hand must play his role of the man of the house and be the sole provider to the mother and child. Whether you finished your helb in third year or there is delay in disbursement is solely your problem;the family needs your support daddy.
For the juniors, better have all your fun now as if there is no tomorrow lest your fourth year will get you still saying "nitaenda poa place kujinice" since you may never make it once you are an elder.Do not judge an elder if you happen to cross ways;they may just be overwhelmed or stressed up and all they need is your moral support and understanding for them to finish what they were called to do in the university.