- Written by Moaaz Khan
- Compiled by Khadija Raheem
Cleared your admission test? Welcome to PNEC! 😀
Anxious? Excited? Curious? Worried?
Well you should be, particularly those who ought to live in hostel. Normally they say that travelling grooms a person, he gets to see the world and thus he is in a better position to make impromptu decisions. Based on personal experiences, I think boarding schools/hostels actually nourish you in every way possible. Hostel life teaches you almost everything you need to know before you enter the responsible phase of your life. So relax, you are about to enter the most fun filled, unpredictable roller coaster ride of your life – your stay at PNEC BOYS HOSTEL.
So vacations are over and finally the departure is here. It is time to say goodbye to your parents, and bid farewell to your siblings. Welcome to Karachi!
If you are worried about things to bring here, trust me that is not an issue. Karachi main sab kuch mil jaata hai; machar, badboo, qabristaan ka nazaraa. Bas nahin milta, tou sukoon aur bijli!
PNEC hostel is by far the best hostel I’ve ever had the chance to live in, honestly it is the only hostel I have lived in. At times this hostel turns out to be your worst enemy and at times when nobody else is there for you, this hostel is. PNEC hostel is portrayed as if its freshmen’s’ nightmare. Let me be honest with you, it is. But only for those who have certain attitude issues towards their seniors. The thing that you have to understand is that they have been in this place, if not little but still, more than you so they know how things roll here.
Undoubtedly the foremost thing you new comers fear is ragging but let me clarify ‘ragging’ is no more there, but ‘interactive’ sessions with freshmen are obviously a must. It helps you find your friends for the next four years and may be for life. These seniors will end up with you through thick and thin. The friends you make while being together in sessions with seniors are the best buddies you are ever going make. But do look out for yourself as like every other place, this place too has a certain breed of selfish people. Technically these sessions are a part of your grooming so there should be no concerns about it.
Well before you have an idea you should realize that all senior eyes are awaiting you; the ‘becharay juniors’ who as a matter of fact have no idea where you are and all of you in one or the other way are planning to avoid getting in hand of the senior batches, but take my word; it’s purely unavoidable. Simplest ragging starts off with your introduction in English as well as in Urdu. Ensure that you know the translation of key words such as A*: Alif Sitara, NUST: Qaumi Jamaat sainsee aur takneeki, the name of your department etc. It is advisable to meet a helpful senior who guides you beforehand or else get prepared to stay up whole night introducing yourself again and again. Remember one word spoken in Urdu while introducing in English will compel you to restart the whole intro from how you were born to how you were landed in NUST, PNEC.
PS. PNEC doesn’t mean Pakistan Navy Engineering College, when asked by seniors what it really means is beyond the scope of this article. :p
Anyway this is the lowest level of ragging.
If you have to survive the first few weeks successfully here are a few pointers;
- Learn to dance; Prepare mujras and do not hesitate when seniors ask you to do so. There is no point in resistance, they will make you do. Try copying MJ, and if you are a fan of Madhuri, try the ‘thumkas’ they always work.
- Second of all make up stories in self-defense. It’s pointless to confess you have not done anything exciting in life, seniors love to hear stories. Tell them you have a lot of female friends, they are particularly interested in your love life. Your exciting stories will glue them to you and prove to be the best friends around in your four years.
- Prepare yourself to sing; because if you cannot sing, then you are no good. NUST is certainly not the place for you; engineering is just not your piece of cake. Whenever asked use you vocal cords in the most shrilled voice, they will ask you to shut up soon, good enough?!
PS. Learn the National Anthem, you might be asked to sing that too. And also, learn Urdu alphabets by heart.
The other little ragging examples include, measuring the height of the door using a coin. No matter how accurate you are, seniors will always defy you for the first time; Be patient!
Don’t try to outwit the seniors or act smart with them, you will get entangled in your own smartness.
The torture of ragging doesn’t really end within the rooms, your first trip to mess for food, may also turn hideous. Remember, on entering the mess go to your assigned corner table, sit quietly and eat..!
Avoid eye contact, because if caught then get ready to experience the tastiest dishes you might have never had in your entire life. All you will be asked is to take a glass, fill it with water, soft drink, pepper, curry, daal or any other thing that the senior like, and you will be asked to drink it. The worst that can occur is puking and the best is that you relish the drink.
After reading this article, I assume that some of you might be scared and most of you might be disgusted but these are some of the basic things you may be asked to do so each of us have been through this and if you take my advice, I will say; enjoy the ragging and every other interactive session with your seniors and not consider them torturous. It is basically the part of you hostel life and your grooming, and it may even help you explore your hidden talents. Once the era of ragging has ended, the real face of hostel comes up. The seniors literally become your elder brothers, and become so close to you that you consider them your true friends. Their help is available to you anytime, anywhere, anyhow. The more social you are the better for you. The best thing about PNEC hostel which makes it better than rest of the hostels in that you get to know each and every student living in. And believe me they’ll be the only ones standing up for you in time of need here at hostel, you’ll get to know the needy times I assure you. The worst thing about here is if you don’t want to interact with anyone, nobody would even bother to talk to you. So technically this hostel offers you seclusion and party at the same time, it is up to you what you choose. And when it comes to party, hostelling people here party real hard. If you are a study champ, you might find this hostel rather hostile. But it doesn’t mean that you don’t get to study. For your information the only student ever at PNEC to graduate with a solid 4.0 was an in living student.
Just to wrap up my article I would just summarize your PNEC stay with the following tips
1) Respect your seniors, they deserve it.
2) Watch your friendships they are really going to affect you.
3) Mend your attitude problems if you have any because once you are here, you are stuck with these people for at least three years whether you like it or not.
4) Avoid any mishaps of all kinds as they are going cause you and only you embarrassment.
5) Understand one thing, you are the junior most. You are at the bottom of the food chain for one semester so bear it. There is always a silver lining behind every cloud. You’ll be seniors of some students soon. Your time will come too.
6) Never forget that you are here to study, enjoyment is of secondary importance.
Believe me; if you follow these simple pointers and my advice, you are going love this place. We all wait to welcome you, Best of luck! 🙂