ABU Freshers: 14 things you should know about university life
This post is basically for freshers, advising them on what to know and what not to do as a fresh university students.
This is what is going to your stay worth while.
- Use Protection: Abstinence is the best, Nigerian needs your A’s not your AIDS but if you really have to go please and please use protection. We are tired of hearing news about aborted babies in the university dust bin and toilet.
- Larger Environment: ABU is the largest university in sub-saharan Africa covering around 7,000hectres of land, so you see why the university environment is universe compared to your secondary school. While it’s good to explore you should also stay conscious of your surrounding.
- Social Life: It’s good to mingle in campus because you just might not know if that guy seating next to you in class in the next president of the country but HEY, any friend that keep late at night all the time (except night readers) without reasonable reason is probably bad for you. You don’t want to put yourself in bad situation that they’ll have to call your parent to get you out of.
- Don’t Miss classes: I must tell you that every class is important, no matter how boring the lecturer or the course is, attendance is key to a successful university stay. Let me give you a life example, a friend of mine got 10 out 30 in his continuous assessment and 34 out of 60 in the examination, that make the total of 44 but keep in mind that the lowest score in the university is 45 which gets you a D. He is 1 mark short D that means he’s going to fail the course and carry-over the following year but he was a constant class goer and the lecturer said he’s giving 10 marks to anyone that has at least 80% attendance, that was how he got extra 10 + 44 to make 54 and he had a C instead.
- Get ready to work for grades: As important as every class is, so is every assignment, every material, every pass questions because those are your key to good grades
- Never distract the class: These includes raising your hands to do the rest room (this is not secondary school anymore), back sit gisting with friends or coming late to class, these acts will only make a lecturer bad-mark you or even fail you and make your class mates tag you a bad student.
- Don’t challenge your lecturer openly: I must tell you this, unlike your secondary school, in ABU if a lecturer says you will fail my course even the VC can’t help you out. Na only GOD go fit help your matter o.
- Accommodate people: Try to be a good class mate or room mate to who ever you meet on campus like i said earlier, you just might not know but try not to be stupid in the process and don’t anyone take you for a ride.
- Party Less – Study More: When you resume there would a lot of flyers going round; freshers party this and that.I’m not saying don’t party but remember what you came here for…study. It should be your priority then everything else follows.
- Over-Sabi won’t pay you: Don’t always act the smartest person in campus, it’s not going to lead you anywhere. if anything it’ll take you to bad places.
- All work and No Play: Even though i said party less, that doesn’t mean you’ll turn to a book worm, every time class. Flex a little because immediately after university you’ll get pressured into working, settling down and catering for your family.
- Don’t tell your parents everything: Try to be an independent human being, the years of reporting everythiing to your mum is over.I’m not saying don’t talk to them but try to man up and get somethings fixed yourself. University is meant to build you in character and in learning.
- Be Organized: Know what to do and when to do it, prepare for class a night before, watch your cloths when due, lay your bed every morning, clean your room daily. All this would build you into a disciplined human being.
- Watch what you consume: Be careful when you start sharing cups with a friend you just met 4 weeks ago, don’t drink what he drinks- it might kill you.
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