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Earning in student life
Nahid Kaisar Toma

NO matter whether you are a public university student or a private university student, you must meet a high expense for your study. When in 1999 I got myself admitted to the University of Dhaka, my relatives, whose children were private university students, told my parents: "You have nothing to worry now, DU students earn enough to meet their expenditures." Yes, they do, but it takes away much of the golden moments of their student life.
Generally, it is thought that university students need not attend all the classes, so they look for part-time jobs and tuitions. Once they get handsome fees or salary, they become relaxed and sometimes spendthrift. It takes away the essential interest in class and study which is so crucial for a student. One of my classmates just comes to sit for the final examination and for essential official purposes. He never attends classes, but earns a lot.
Actually, books are expensive, transport-fares are horribly high, long-term class schedules make you feel hungry but the foods are expensive, sometimes you have to pay 'chanda' for this or that occasion. Not everyone has computer and access to Internet- but all the assignments we submit to teachers must be computer composed with spiral bindings. Besides, most of the rare books, which sometimes the teachers lend or are collected from seminar library and the central library, notes, questions etc are to be photocopied.
And finally, there are a lot of birthdays to be attended. Uff! Each month there are one or two birthdays of friends, friend's friends and .. To maintain all these formalities, university students need money. Most of the middle class and almost all the students from outside Dhaka earn money from tuition and part-time jobs. As a result, they miss classes, lose interest in studies and cannot fully concentrate on books when they go to the reading table tired after the day-long activities. Though in the examination, they get satisfactory marks (sometimes astonishingly good marks) they miss the real charm of the student life -- the class atmosphere, the crowded cafeteria, noisy gossips, co-curricular activities, seminars, functions and cultural programs etc. Besides, they miss something more worthy: the company of teachers. University teachers are the best companions -- their advice, chidings, even their manners teach us a lot. To miss classes is to miss many worthy, educative and informative moments of our life. So, students who have to earn in their student life must keep a balance between their study and job. They should not forget that they are earning to meet their education expenditure. They should earn not more than they need, since it robs a student of his/her most valuable and never-to-come-again moments. Besides, whenever students, who do not attend classes regularly, go to the teachers either to attest their photos or academic documents, they are subjected to rude and cynic (but well deserving) remarks by the teachers.
One of my classmates does neither know even who is our present Chair and Dean, nor does he care to know about anything except the exam-routine, his roll number, and few related facts. The obsession with earning money has blinded him and so it has happened with many students. I myself have to earn to meet my educational expenditure but I try to divide my time in a balanced a way so that I need not miss my classes to attend tuitions. All you need is to be economic in every way. For example, for the last six years the only gift I have been giving to my friends on their birthdays is love. Yes, love- since it costs me nothing. Anyway, my suggestion to the university students who have to earn is that -- make sure you do not forget your main purpose as a student since nothing under the sun can make up for the loss if your happen to ignore it.