Computer Science: The Reality Vs The Hype

Olorunshola Tiwatope
2 min readMay 15, 2023

I remember when I received my admission letter, it read:

With reference to your application for admission to a degree programme in this University and further to the screening exercise, I have the pleasure to inform you that you have been offered provisional admission to study for a degree course leading to the award of B.Sc. Degree in COMPUTER SCIENCE of the Department of Computer Science commencing in the 2022/2023 academic session.

I was so excited that I would have the opportunity of learning how to become an expert user. Well, my experience so far in my first year has shown me otherwise.

People think that studying Computer Science involves just learning to code, design graphics/websites, and the rest, but it’s beyond that. Did you know that the first-ever Computer Science department was an offshoot of the Department of Mathematics? Yeah, you read right, Maths!

Computer Science has a jargon of theories involving math, engineering, and the rest. I sometimes wonder why someone sat down and did this. With all these, there’s no time for hands-on projects to build one’s skills. The lack of hands-on exercises is a problem for those studying this course because, by the time they graduate, they wouldn’t know how to do anything :(


As for me, I have decided that I’ll squeeze out the time to learn the practical aspects myself. This doesn’t come without the difficulty of time management. So, will you still wait for the practical class exercises you were pumped about or will you take the step of starting on your own?