WHILE WE ARE WAITING FOR INSTITUTIONS TO FINALLY RELEASE THEIR CUT-OFF MARKS, HERE ARE THINGS ALL UNIVERSITY FRESHERS MUST KNOW
Your experience in a Nigerian University is probably not going to be exactly how you imagine it. I mean, we hear stories about how exciting university life is and all the freedom experienced but trust me things usually are not how they sound.
As a fresher in a Nigerian University, things might seem a little bit complex but I have compiled 7 important things that will definitely be of help.
It is never too early to think ahead.
Your first year ultimately determines how the rest of your stay will be in the University. It’s absolutely ok to go with the flow in your first year but always keep the future in mind. It’s really important to do extremely well in your academics this first year because it’s not going to get easier.
Learn to be smart with money.
It is always easy to get carried away with so many things and end up spending all your money. Therefore It is very important to have a budget unless you will end up being broke after few weeks of resumption. Take into account what you will need to put money aside for (textbooks, food, transport) and what that leave you each week for everything else. Do not waste money on avoidable items.
Your association is very important.
The friends you make in the first week of will most likely be your friends until the final year. Choose your friends carefully. Do not be in a hurry to make friends, observe people and their behaviours first. Many societies will ask you to be members, don’t be in a hurry to join any.
Do not be afraid to ask questions.
Ask questions, this is very important. Don’t always assume you know it. It is highly likely that if you are curious about something, so is someone else. An ancient Chinese proverb says,
“He who asks a question remains a fool for 5 minutes. He who does not ask remains a fool forever.”
Do not sleep through your lectures.
You will be tempted to sleep in some lecturers classes. But please do not. Every class is very important and lecturers tend to say important things that will be needed in your examinations. Start as you intend to continue and it will put you in good stead as you progress through the year.
Try new things.
Join new societies, learn new skills, try a new cooking recipe and just be adventurous! University is one of those times in life when you’re supposed to experiment and find out what makes you tick. Why not try something you’ve never even considered before?
And most importantly,
Enjoy your first year.
Your first year at university is often as much about settling in and learning how to survive independently.Use your first year to make mistakes and to adjust with the styles of your university. This is the year to get to know your surroundings and your new friends. Enjoy it while it lasts!
Being a fresher can be overwhelming, hopefully, these tips will be of help. Comment below on your views.