LIFE IN UNIVERSITY: A GUIDELINE FOR STUDENTS
BY NWABUGHOGU GREG (THE PEN)
We have all heard about the university, back then at secondary school, we heard that university is a free place, free from parents, free from bondage, you decide when you go to school, you decide what you eat, in the university your life and destiny is in your hands, well all those assertions were correct.
In the university everything is on you, you decide if you pass or fail, this decision is made once the choice for friendship is being made. Believe me when I say in the university friends’ are paired by their attributes, you can never see SALT and SUGAR together as friends, the slay mamas go to their fellow slay mams, the G boys link with their fellow G boys, the book worms link with their fellow book worms. And if you join a group you don’t belong to trust me when I say you must be influenced and sooner or later you would be one with them. When I first entered school, I stayed in a 400 level students room till I found and paid for a room of my own, during my stay there, he was always reading and this really influenced me, well that wasn’t for long cause when I entered my own room, ahhhhhh wahala dey ooo, you know that moment you are feeling like OTEDOLA in a room that is your own and funny enough I had a roommate that had the same mindset with me together we conquered flexing but one funny thing about life is that when it wants to deal with you it takes its time, its starts with one stroke to flog sense back into your head and before you know it you are finished, your case will be a forgotten case to be more lucid your life don kpai. It was after many months that it now dawned on us that it was school we came to not FESTAC or CALABAR CARNIVAL and gradually we started putting ourselves to the book world. What i’m trying to say is that the first decision you take in university that determines how the rest of your years in school will be is the choice of friends. If you make the right friends then success is a goal, but if you make the wrong decision by the time your sense comes back from holiday it might be too late. If you are the flexing type, surround yourself with people that know their sole purpose in school, so you can flex with them and also read with them, not flexing throughout the semester and during exam period you start looking for CHIPS to carry inside the hall. I have friends that once it comes to flexing they are in for it and when it comes to reading (not only doing exam time oooo) they are also in. So the decision for friendship either lays or destroys your foundation in school.
Another focus should be your academics, believe it or not if you want to use one night and cover all your topics, it can’t happen. You need to learn to read at least 2 times a day, if you can cover a topic everyday believe me during exams you just need to relax and wait for the question paper. Even if you want to flex at least try and cover one topic, if you don’t understand it, write down your questions in a book and whenever you have that lecture you ask the question in class. Reading ahead of the lecturer helps cause after you have read a particular topic whenever the lecturer treats that topic he explains better and that particular topic dilutes in your brain so that during exams you just need to revise not read.
A problem most students encounter is intimidation. Most students are scared of cultism, the ones that enter school at a very little age and with small faces are scared of intimidation. When I entered school, I was very little and had the face of a child and me too had the fear of intimidation but one thing I discovered is that no one cares what you look like, everyone who enters the university is believed to be matured so no one would come to bully you or beat you up for nothing. So during your stay in the university never live with fear. Your fellow students will receive you with open arms and smiles just as it was for me. Don’t be intimidated you are an IKENGA and an IKENGRESS, we are GREAT NIGERAIN STUDENTS, I CAN NEVER BE INTIMIDATED NIGERIAN STUDENT.
Congratulations on your admission into your great institute. For further inquiries and assistance you can reach me on either of the platforms below. Thank you and GOD bless you.
NWABUGHOGU GREG .C.
Abia State University.