There is no doubt about the kind of joy you get when admitted into the university.The truth is that you don’t get to be told most of the core things you need to know as a fresher.
So many people enter the University with the wrong mindset and this has led to many life mistakes.
This article is not just any life hack, it could determine how you end up a few years from now.
Take a deep breath and read through my list of “10 things you should know before entering the university
10 things you should know before entering the University.
1. The University is a small universe
Every university student who has just been newly admitted should know that the university is “a small world”.
In the university, you get to meet a lot of people. These people would have different characters. Some may annoy you, some you will find amazing. Others you would just get along with
Apart from the fact that there are diverse sets of people, you also learn independence, association, pitching.
As a student, you will have no choice but to plan your day to day activities and this you can comfortably confine to the walls of the university. This is because the university is complete in itself.
2. Dedicate 85% of yourself to you course, you’ll get a first class
The truth is this: “The university is not necessarily harder than secondary school”.
Then when I just entered the university, almost all I thought about was night class, library and classes. I was able to make really good grades.
Most people say that as you progress in school, your scores drop because the higher the harder.. Dear readers, this is untrue.
People don’t get low grades in higher levels simply because the work becomes tougher.
Dropping is mostly due to distractions (These “distractions” are not always bad). These distractions range from thinking about opposite sex, money, being like your friends who live “big”.
Once your attention is divided, your output would follow suit. This is one of the advantages of specialization and focus.
3. Your friends define you
When you newly get into the university, you’ll find out that you easily get along with a set of people.
These people share ideologies or origin or other things with you.
If distance isn’t really a barrier, these people would form your “friend network”
There would also be some people in the university who you get mixed up with. This could be in the hostel, in class, during practicals.
Be careful who you get very close to. This is because your friend network would always influence your behavior.
Even if it’s not obvious at first, with time, you’ll share character traits with those in your friend network.
4. Join a fellowship; they’ll form your family on university campus.
Once you newly get to campus; e. g during your physical clearance there would be alot of people from different fellowships offering to help.
After accessing the people talking to you, their dressing manner of speech and their affiliation. I advice that join one.
If you become an active member, you’ll quickly get to know a lot of people who share ideologies with you.
This would go a long way to curb loneliness on campus.
You fellowship on campus with time would become your family on campus.
5. The University is the best place to learn anything skill.
There’s a wrong mindset about the university. One which I would not want you to have.
“I am here to get my degree only and that’s it”
This mindset would make you loose out of many other opportunities the University offers.
First off, you need to follow the right set of people. You’ll see them discussing different topics on favourable skills like programming, web development, blogging So, graphics design, professional writing etc.
You won’t have too many issues with getting materials and tutorials from your “guys”.
Also, if you are observant enough, there would be posts talking about learning crafts like.: Ankara crafts, bead making, make up artistry, learning musical instruments in the university.
These skills you learn easily on campus are more expensive to learn outside. You might also have hard time settling down to learn them when you’ve graduated and thinking about about how to make money.
The funniest thing is that these skills you easily learn on campus can easily be monetized.
6. Cramming gives good grades; understanding and practicals help you know concepts
There’s always pressure on you as a student to get good grades, no doubt. Nevertheless, there is more to it.
The truth is that most lecturers give good grades when you are able to reciprocate exactly what they thought you in class.
This to a large extent does not really help students as it could make you more interested in memorizing notes that being able to use the concepts to solve problems.
I must tell you the truth, in the university, you are not told so many things.
You would have to give extra time to understanding concepts beyond what you are taught in class or what you read in notes.
Employers of labor these days are more interested in the skills you possess and “what you can do”.
7. Guys,School Relationships hardly work out.
Most times when you get into school as a guy, you would be tempted to get into a relationship with a lady.
This is entirely normal for guys but as guys, you should understand that these relationships most times don’t lead anywhere.
Just be careful what your motives are when going into relationships.
8. University hostels help you concentrate
There are so many advantages of school hostel. This is just one of them.
There are so many advantages of living in an apartment outside the school hostel nevertheless they won’t help you allot in terms of studying.
As a student in the hostel, you get to see a lot of people who study alot. They tend to motivate you to do same.
You could even have roommates advising you to study better than you already are.
This helps to a large extent
9. Your first impression matters alot
When you meet someone for the first time, put up your best behavior.
In your first semester, do your best to get the best result. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep reading though.
First impressions matter slot.
10. Your University degree is not everything in life
Some people may not really agree with this.
That doesn’t change the fact that we are no longer in the days where you graduate and you are offered a job.
I may not have the best thing to say concerning this issue but one thing stands:
“make all the connections you can while in the university”.
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