While prospective students wait to be given admission into the university, there is no doubt that one of their top expectations, is the freedom they are about to get, amongst other things. This is no crime as most are eager to experience life, where you are free to plan your time, manage your resources, and do as they please and there is little or no influence from their parents or guardian. Freedom being the utmost though some may choose to deny, there are two sets of students, those willing to use their freedom for good and those for bad. Life on campus as I have seen it to be based on the short time I have spent as an undergraduate, has these inevitable aspects such as; lecturers, campus fellowships, politics, study habits, security, learning how to say no, staying out of trouble and attracting attention to one’s self on campus.
Campus fellowship; yes, why start with campus fellowship when our main aim in school is to study? This is because these are the first set of people to approach you when you arrive on campus. They will help you, show you your whereabouts and how to go through your clearance, know your faculty building and also meet ‘brother and sisters’ from your department in their fellowship. While doing this in their attempt to draw you to their fellowship which is not a bad idea, but to be honest, do not get too involved and get your priorities right. Sure there are no better hands for you to fall into than that of a fellowship, but when you put their activities over your studies, you are at a night vigil the night before your exams and so on, now that is where the problem is, you should study to show yourself approved, coupled with fervent prayers, bible study and hard work for success.
In as much as some say you don’t have to attend lectures, all you have to do is ‘Jack’, some lecturers have now taken to the habit of attendance as part of assessment, and by also teaching topics not in those material, and giving similar exam questions as worked examples at lectures. Without having a comprehensive lecture note of your own you have a lot to lose, although you can get the note from your course mate when you miss a lecture, there is no better note than that put down in your own words, and according to your understanding of the lectures explanation.
Now you have put all in place upon your arrival, and have chosen a fellowship also making up your mind to attend lectures. The importance of creating a good study habit cannot be overemphasized, take time to know your own study pattern, some can study eight straight hours, some at night or during the day and the very fortunate ones just have to attend lectures and they will do as well. ‘There is no friend as loyal as a book’ Ernest Hemingway. Having a study pattern and reading regularly is the key, do not just read to pass exams, read to understand, start early and get course materials, read before and after lectures with the aid of past questions and study guides, then and only then would you feel more confident as you see preparations for exams and tests as mere revision.
Politics is an aspect of campus life you can ignore, even when not involved as a candidate, you will either vote, have students campaigning from one lecture hall to the other, hostels to hostels and also on the street sharing flyers and posters. The universities have placed a bar for one’s qualification to complete for a post, in most cases you must have at least a Cumulative Grade Point (CGPA) of 3.5, but this varies. The question is when you win what next? For some, it is the beginning of the career as leaders, and some students start to roll down the hill, due to pride, distraction and other vices. Politics not withstanding is a very good way to exercise your role as a good leader, discover yourself and improve and add to your certificate. But before going it one must ask, if he is capable and make up one’s mind to succeed.
Hostel life, for those interested in staying in the hostel, this is one of the interesting things on campus, you get to meet different people, personalities, and soon. You will get to share the same room with strangers, and for those who will not succeed in getting hostel but still want to be in one will have to ‘squat’ with a friend. All the drama, noise, stealing, fights and funny moments cannot be ignored .Sure you will meet nice people who will influence you ssssspositively, the hostel experience is one not to miss.
Attracting attention to one’s self is something some wish to avoid, but some crave for. Yes you are done with your secondary school days of wearing uniforms, and you want to wear everything you possibly can but this can be the beginning of your problems, you have to ask yourself is it decent, neat, because it is part of your signature, it sends a message to the people around you and they will respond and approach you accordingly. It goes a long way especially to lecturers and top authorities on their recommendation.
Learning how to say no is also an important skill needed on campus, in most cases when you fail to avoid bad attention as you wish to and you are in a position to say no, do it right with dignity. For girls you are approached by a boy you know is a cultist or a boy you are not interested in, your ‘NO’ determines the rest of the story. Some girls tend to be aggressive an abusive when faced with these kind f situations, and end up making trouble for themselves. When abusive, the boy may take a turn for the worse, it may be that you limited him in front of his friends; this may anger him so much and may result in gang rape. When saying no be firm and polite. Say no to cultism, illegal parties, stealing, exam malpractice and other vices.
‘Nothing affects the youth like drugs, sex, money and cultism’ – Ayyaele Sam Chiyson.
Dion fortune’s quote ‘unless men work on occultism as they work for the prizes of their profession, they will not achieve’ goes a long way to explain that there is no two ways about cultism. They come to you offering all the protection and pleasures, but it is best to stay out of trouble. Being the root of most problems on campus it gives rise to prostitution, sexual and physical abuse, killings, and drugs, amongst many others.
In conclusion, ‘when you make a decision the universe conspires to make it happen’ Ralph Waldo Emerson says, be it good or bad. The moment you step into the campus, it your personal decision and freedom to make a choice and a path to success.