Assalamu alaykum,

Alhamdulillah I’ve now graduated with a degree in HSPS. I thought now might be a good time to make a contribution to the ISoc blogs page, as I know I liked reading posts on here written by other people. However, as writing in prose about myself just gives me cringe-inducing flashbacks to doing UCAS applications, I’ve written a short-ish (though quite possibly equally cringe-inducing) poem for you all to read. I hope you’ll enjoy it…

 

When I think about the years gone by

I think of Cambridge, I’ll tell you why

It’s where I studied, and to my surprise

It felt like home, beneath those skies.

 

My first few weeks were kinda strange;

I’d never been a fan of change.

Yet there I was, not as afraid

As I’d expected to have been made.

 

I found the ISoc at fresher’s fair

On Parker’s Piece – I’d gone straight there

For free pizza, and to meet some friends

Plus, of course, collect free pens.

 

The ISoc stall’s not one to be missed;

I signed up to the mailing list,

Picked up a fresher’s bag (FOSIS) –

Free pen inside! Ah, such bliss.

 

I didn’t know then, that I had found

The place and people I’d be around

For years to come. Even now,

We try to keep in touch somehow.

 

Until the end, and from the start,

Weekly events were my favourite part

From Friday Prayers, to Ramadan iftars,

And Homeless Outreach, beneath the stars.

 

We also had weekly Tafsir

And the foundations course in my third year,

Sometimes even Fajr club,

If – early enough – you could get up.

 

My time at uni, luckily,

Was so much more than my degree.

I cried, I laughed, made memories.

Midst all the hardship, there was ease.

 

So if you’re feeling out of sorts –

Swamped with essays or reports,

Missing deadlines or missing home –

Know that you are not alone

 

If you want to see a friendly face,

The Prayer Room is just the place,

But if it’s shut during the fall,

Meet them virtually, on a Zoom call.

 

I wish you, Reader, all the best

With every trial and Tripos test

And I truly hope ISoc will be

As good for you as it was for me

 

‘Cos when I think about the years gone by

I think of ISoc, I’ll tell you why

It’s where I spent much of my time

It’s the reason why I wrote this rhyme.