August 10th, 2012
There is a popular saying that no one is perfect. How true indeed! As human beings, we still make one mistake or the other every now and then. But then, there are mistakes that should be avoided, especially when they are costly mistakes that leave sour taste in our mouths at the end of the day. Such are the common mistakes made by young people when they gain admission to study in colleges/universities. Some undergraduates have messed up their university education, lost their lives and had themselves wasted by the system. Below are some of the mistakes of freshers:
(i) Lack of Adequate Preparation for University life: Most freshers don’t prepare enough for higher education. There are challenges that come with a university education. Lack of adequate education leaves most of them stranded on campus. If you want your case to be different which I sincerely wish for you, it is important that you prepare for higher education by developing a personal mission statement that will guide you through your stay on campus. Know what to expect from campus by asking questions, spying out your prospective campus and make sure you attend orientations programmes put in place by your school.
(ii) Misplaced Priorities: Another mistake that is commonly made by freshers is that they misplace their priorities by leaving the important things and running after the things that will not add up to their academic success at the end of the day. Refuse to get carried away by the euphoria of gaining admission to the university. While is perfectly okay to bask in the euphoria of gaining admission into the university, one must not forget the fact that the journey has only just started. Settle down quickly to the business of academic pursuits and give it your best shot. Don’t abuse your new-found freedom by majoring on frivolities at the expense of your academics thereby losing your focus.
iii) Succumbing to Overwhelming Peer Pressure: This is a situation whereby freshers are unable to handle and deal with peer pressure that is so prevalent amongst young people and especially in a campus setting. It is even worse because the freshers are far from home and the parental support that came handy while they were in high school is suddenly not there. Without developing the required stamina to withstand peer pressure, one falls like a pack of cards. This is why every new and prospective need to prepare themselves psychologically to handle peer pressure. There will always be insinuations and invitations to go with the flow and be like the joneses. The decision to go with the flow has its implication which every fresher that wants to excel, needs to guard against by refusing to succumb to peer pressure; even when it means temporal rejections and ridicule from fellow students. One thing is certain, when you are able to withstand such peer pressure, some of them will admire your courage and independent mind at the end of the day. Refuse to be intimidated, influenced and blackmailed by their excesses, escapades and threats.
The above mistakes can and should be avoided by getting informed and living by the instructions so received in the process of getting informed.
August 10th, 2012
Why are you in school? Is it just to get a certificate at the end of the day? You will be short-changing yourself if all you get from the university is just a certificate to enable you to survive outside the campus later in life. The meal ticket syndrome has done a colossal damage to the Nigerian youths and indeed Nigeria as a country.
Going to the college/university is more than getting a certificate. You need to understand that you are in school to develop your mind and harness it for a great result upon graduation. By virtue of you being in school, you should catch a vision for your life. You should be inspired by the campus environment vis-à-vis your lecturers, the vision and mission statements of your school, classmates and other students etc. You should ensure that you develop yourself for the future; you should be equipped for service delivery, leadership positions and build entrepreneurial skills.
Beside your certificate, Vision should drive you and not greed. Do you know that “Why” is more powerful than “what”?. The person who knows the “why” of a thing will still be in business long after the person that just had that thing would have gone out of business.
When you rightly understand why you in school, you will be able to commit yourself to the noble objectives of colleges/universities and also be able to face the challenges that will cross your path and taste success at the end of the day.
August 10th, 2012
Success doesn’t happen by accident. It requires one assuming responsibility for it before it becomes a reality. It is important for you to see your success or failure as your own responsibility. Abdicating that responsibility to chance or someone else will amount to courting failure.
Settle down with your goals for coming to school and map out ways and strategies for how you want to succeed on campus. The result of that will be that you will be able to come up with a working plan that will aid your success on campus. The implementation of that working plan will demand that you assume a personal responsibility for making your success a reality.
Having come this far to the university, are you are aware that there are so many people counting on you? You just can’t afford to disappoint them. Appreciate the fact that it was because your parents believed so much in you, that they have invested heavily on you and sent you to the university. It then behooves on you to make them proud by excelling in your academics. Are you aware of the fact that it was because the University believed so much in you that they gave you admission in the first place? Do you want to prove them wrong like a couple of guys have done in the past? And even your teachers from way back high school are equally expecting success from you. Your friends are expecting success from you and I am sure that you are also expecting success from yourself. Make yourself and others proud by excelling in school and in life ultimately.
There is a popular saying that “failure is an orphan but success has many fathers.” The path of failure is so lonely that it is not worth taking by anybody. Take the path of success where fun, happiness, relationship and fulfillment abound. If you want to be celebrated and taken serious, you must work out your success by taking the bull by the horns in order to make your academic success happen. Failure is a liability that no one wants to live with. Accept the responsibility for success and don’t leave it to chance. It is said that “Success happens when opportunity meets with preparation.” Prepare for your success by reading your books, investing in your academics, making the right choices and stay focused all through the journey of your academic pursuits.
And in case you are currently struggling with failure, you need to first of all accept responsibility for your failure. Don’t go blaming others for your failure. Perhaps others might have contributed to your failure but even at that, you need to accept responsibility for your failure and take the needed steps to turn your failure to success. When you go about playing the blame game, you unconsciously abdicate the power to turn things around thereby remaining in the quagmire of failure.
Accepting Responsibility for success demands the following:
- Attending classes regularly and punctually
- Studying hard for your courses
- Setting goals and personal time table for your academics
- Believing and investing in yourself to excel
- Refusing to give up on your dreams in the face of challenges
- Directing your time, energy, finances, talent, etc toward your goals
- Taking the initiative to make things happen.
Accept that responsibility today and always.
June 3rd, 2012
The ideal student that will make a difference in his or her University education sees the University in the following ways:
- as an intellectual capacity building institution towards the development of sound academic minds
- as a character moulding institution.
- as a centre for developing innate abilities and releasing potentials of students
- as a centre for stimulating the interest of students and encouraging them to pursue and maximize such interests while preparing them for the future.
- as an institution for the imparting of universal knowledge with the expansion of the frontiers of knowledge through research.
- as a centre for passing of knowledge to successive generations.
- as a centre for acquiring a degree of knowledge in a chosen field of study.
- as an engine room for professional, leadership and manpower development.
How do you see the University?