35 Struggles That Are Too Real For Nigerian Engineering Students

February 23, 2016

1. When you made the decision to study engineering because you wanted to build things that would change the world.

Remember how happy you were?

2. Or your parents made it for you, because it was either engineering or medicine.

The horror!

3. When you get to university and see how hard it is to get into an engineering course.

But you got in, so you feel great!

4. When you realize that the class is 97% male.

But you’re a girl! #Winning

5. When you start registering for courses and you see the ridiculously long list.

Wait, what?

6. When classes start and the lecturers all seem to be speaking Greek.

Edakun, what is Fourier and Laplace?

7. Then you realize that your Math no longer actually involved numbers, just bloody letters.

This was not the plan!

8. When your lecturer begins your first lecture of the year by showing you a pie chart of those who carried over.

I. Will. Not. Cry.

9. And most 3 or 4 unit courses seem to be taught by demon professors.

These ones want to kill me.

10. When your friends complain about their ‘many’ 10 courses while you have 16.

Don’t annoy me.

11. When you do assignments over night and finish 20 minutes before classes start.

No, no, I’m not sleeping.

12. When you actually start your assignment 20 minutes to the due time.

Gosh!

13. And you have classes from 8am to 8pm, so no food places are open by the time you’re done.

I’m one with the hunger.

14. When you finally have a free period and a lecturer fixes an extra class in it.

My God will fight for me.

16. When you hear someone saying they like the course that single-handedly destroyed your social life, self-esteem, and GPA.

Is this one mad?

17. When your class size just keeps reducing till you have less than half of the students you started the course with.

Engineering = The purge.

18. So you start contemplating changing course.

But you stop, because parents.

19. When tests results came back and the entire class failed.

You’ve never felt more together than at this time.

20. When the lecturer has covered 1500 pages of lecture notes and you ask him for AOC and he says ‘EVERYTHING’.

HAY GOD!

21. When the ‘Control Systems’ lecturer thinks that you actually understood what he was teaching.

Look at this one.

22. When you hear about a revision or tutorial class.

Yassss!

23. Then it’s exam time, and you cannot even eat or sleep.

Sleep and food are for the weak – and non-engineering students.

24. But you can calculate what you need to get to pass.

F is 40, let’s start from there.

25. When you enter the exam hall and the questions ask you about material you haven’t learned yet.

Where’s my handkerchief that the pastor blessed? *wipes answer sheet*

26. That impending sense of doom when you realize that each of the three questions on your exam sheet set has multiple, lettered parts to it, all compulsory.

And it’s a 3-Unit course.

27. Overall, this is you during exams.

I’m not mad.

28. When you hear that results are out but you don’t move, because you already know what you got.

I calculated it, please.

29. When your parents ask you to explain your results.

It is not my fault.

30. Then you realize that engineering wasn’t really your calling, but you’re stuck for 5 years.

And time does NOT go fast.

31. When your 4-year course counterparts are graduating and you’re just going for IT.

It’s okay. It’s fine. I’m okay.

32. When the lecturers actually expect you to make your final year project by yourself.

LOL! What did you teach me?

33. You can count the number of first class students in your whole department on one hand.

But your parents don’t want to hear.

34. When all of your family and friends suddenly require your help on household repairs or math. Because engineer.

You know that’s not how it works right? Well, at least, not in Nigeria.

35. When someone else in your family wants to go study engineering.

Sure! Continue!

You'll like this

Avatar

Join The Conversation

Bring a friend.

Watch

Now on Zikoko

Recommended Quizzes

December 5, 2019

We already tried to guess how much you have in your account and your current net worth, and we think we did a pretty great job (keep any complaints to yourself). Now, we’re going to try and guess your monthly salary based on your relationship with money. Oya, take the quiz:

November 28, 2019

There are so many talented and stunning Nollywood actors that make it hard not to fall in love with them. So, while we all know the likelihood of us ending up with any of them is super low, it’s still fun to imagine a world where we actually stood a chance, and that’s why this […]

November 11, 2019

Today, we are going to be using your taste in music to determine how good you actually are in bed. All you need to do is create the ultimate Nigerian hit — from the lead artist to the producer — and we’ll tell you if all your partners leave satisfied, or if you are just […]

November 12, 2019

Are you a single pringle, stuck in a complicated situationship or happily married to the love of your life? This quiz is here to guess your current relationship status, and as you know, Zikoko quizzes are incredibly accurate (don’t quote us). So, give a shot:

More from Oldies

February 12, 2020

Forget Tunji and Daniella, if you’re wondering who your best friend is, it’s most definitely the phone you’re either reading this from or the phone that’s somewhere within your vision; we know this because you’re definitely a phone addict that gets a little impatient when you’re too far away from your phone. Okay, let’s not […]

February 8, 2020

Yes, Valentine’s Day is almost here. Love notes, chocolates, hampers, and everything that comes with it. But while everyone is being hit by cupid’s arrow, there are some people who don’t even feel the hype. If you’re one of them, then grab a seat at this table. 1. You, when you hear that Valentine is […]

February 8, 2020

In case you have not realised it, Nigerians have a PhD in lying. Multiple PhDs, even. And there are some people who are professors in the art of lying, but we will keep that conversation for another day. Anyway, here is a list of common lies Nigerians tell. Don’t lie, we know you must told […]

February 8, 2020

Anyone who grew up in a Nigerian household understands that the Saturday routine does not change. It is the same yesterday, today and forever. If you are a true Nigerian, then you’ll understand these pictures and their connection to Saturday mornings. 1. Morning devotion by 6:00 AM. In which your parents can slap you for […]

February 8, 2020

Growing up, Saturdays used to be fun thanks to Cadbury Nigeria and Silverbird television. However, these days, as an adult, Saturdays are filled with unfinished work from the week before. If you are lucky, maybe a nice outing or mild to moderate fornication. Still, all these don’t fill the void the way cartoons used to […]

Watch

Trending Videos

Zikoko Originals

June 22, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
June 22, 2020
Hacked is an interesting new series by Zikoko made up of fictional but hilarious chat conversations.
June 4, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
June 2, 2020
Quickie is a video series where everyone featured gets only one minute to rant, review or do absolutely anything.
May 14, 2020
Isolation Diary is a Zikoko series that showcases what isolation is like for one young Nigerian working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
March 12, 2020
Life is already hard. Deciding where to eat and get the best lifestyle experiences, isn't something you should stress about. Let VRSUS do that for you.
February 6, 2020
Who doesn't want to find love? In our bid to help, we paired up a bunch of single Nigerians, sending them on an all-expense paid date, and interviewing them before and after they met.
January 27, 2020
Nigerians Talk is what happened when a motley crew of young Nigerians were put in front of a camera and asked a bunch of apparently random questions about life, love, money and more.
September 24, 2019
A group of Zikoko staff go on a road trip to every mainland country in ECOWAS West Africa

Z! Stacks

Here's a rabbit hole of stories to lose yourself in:

Zikoko amplifies African youth culture by curating and creating smart and joyful content for young Africans and the world.
X