LUMS Things – Memories Luminites Take Home
The walk of empty campus in a fine winter evening is completed by cardamom tea and a friend. Covered with trees all over, the lush green campus is sketched in your thoughts for the rest of life. Your home for 4-5 years it was and alma mater for a lifetime. This building has our hearts. From the fogs to sunset and rain, it was nothing less than a view of expensive tourism sites.
It is one of its kind event in Pakistan. A Halloween themed musical event. You definitely spotted students dressed up as a vampire, witch, beast, and every possible horror character. The flagship event of LUMS music society. I am sure you all miss enjoying food while hearing those loud beats of Halloween songs.
Not that there are not enough eateries at campus but PDC (or superstore)is the lightest on the pocket. Remember the queue that hurt your feet. Besides that, grabbing juice and snack from the superstore in the morning was a must as Jamin costed a fortune.
Jamin Java Birthdays
Cheers, joy, balloons, candles, cake, lots of snow spray, and eggs. Few items that completed your birthday. Many of Luminites will be celebrating their birthdays at lavish restaurants and still missing that very casual on-campus celebration followed by a treat in h block or phase 3.
You were scared of leaving your car at the mercy of those stunts who left it damaged at the end of the day. On bad days, someone blocked the way and on the worst days, your car was scratched.
A place for nap and self time. Where we all did anything else than study. The pin drop silence calmed us to sleep mostly.
You miss buying tea and top pops from khokha while chattering with your group at the bench until you realize that the deadline demands attention? A place where many of us came up with start-up ideas, philosophical thoughts, and laughed to tears over those silly jokes.
Another contribution by music society towards entertainment. Open stage performances done at your favorite REDC lawn. Raise hand if you belong to the batch which witnessed it happening.
Walks and protests
Be it anything going wrong or condemnable. Luminites take a privilege to be a pioneer at raising voice for the right. Never saw anything going unconsoled by Luminites.
Backside of sports complex
So we all know whats the hype is about. Peace and creating peace with each other. That’s what this place is known for. Names carved on the benches and separated days after. Do these creatures still believe in FLAME thing? Many of us went there to enjoy a bit of live cinema. Background music: Feel the magic in the air!
Don’t you miss Texting a friend ‘Come to PDC window’? Sitting in a window and staring at every human purposelessly. This place holds another kind of attachment. It was my version of those spotting benches where the seniors would do nothing but checking out freshers.
Were they supposed to give drinks? I thought its just a new ornament. They collected dust all the year and accommodates tiny creatures like ants and kittens. You can leave your wallet home but do bring the smart card if you want to enter a premises which have a nonoperational vending machine.
Puzzle of ‘A’ blocks
No one is so fond of playing puzzles that they differ these blocks. Okay! Did you ever accidentally entered A16 when you wanted to go A10? One can easily differ apart from two identical twins but not these buildings.
It’s the human version of those relatives who spoiled your events by picking up a fight a day before. This depression made us go bald. Your ex was more loyal than this particular thing. It always betrayed whenever one tried enrollment of a course.
The guy from Zakir tikka was one of the most cheerful people we saw at LUMS. With a million-dollar smile on face, he served all of us throughout the years at the campus.
LMF, open houses, battle of batches, dramafest, YELS, LUMUN, and whatnot. Breaking sweat the whole semester and waiting impatiently for a break. When I say break, I mean event. Sitting in a circle surrounding bonfire and feeding sweet tooth with marshmallows.
Freshmen were never been this jealous from seniors before Daku day. Relax, nail the four years gracefully and you will be the one showering on sophomores and others. All black with a scarf wrapped around the head or collar. A mole made with marker on cheek. A pen fixed behind ear and guns in hand. All set to go.
Those gatherings ended up with many new friendships and gossips. A place to cheer the one for all TV. Sometimes your toe room to prepare for exams or group study. If you find it empty, the carpets are off for a replacement.
Meow (cat army)
I always shared my biscuit with the healthy white one whenever she came around my table at Khokha seating. Luminites remember them with their colors and faces. No matter which part of the campus it is, they welcome you warmly.
Packed traffic at 5
You are not supposed to ask your driver or cab to wait outside the exit gate when they are here to pick you up. If you do, they will surely be revolving around u-turn meanwhile.
Bad grades? Long queue outside RO? Zambeel issues? Heartbreaks? Workload? Assignment? Steps at academic block know all your sad and happy stories. They loved you more than that you loved the chicken and chips by Jammin.
Another peaceful point for SDSB students. Those blue seats of pods were your place to sit and regret about everything that went wrong. And the only thing going right is that you are still at the most loved and beautiful campus of country.
Once a Luminite, always a Luminite. No matter where life will take us, we will gracefully take this title along. Being in LUMS was the best thing that happened to us between our teen to tee’s. A dream for half of the country’s students during their senior years at A levels. A pride for the graduate after years of passing out. Little the world know what it takes to be at LUMS, least anyone can feel the joy that we all lived inside the walls of LUMS.
The writer (Urza Umar Chahal) is a freelancer content, copywriter and an accredited leadership trainer.