The University or any tertiary institution is an exciting, resourceful and learning ground and I sincerely think everyone should experience it in a lifetime. Out of all of this, it is good to note the lessons that help to shape and inform other decisions we make in the future.
Attending the University of Ibadan for four years has definitely influenced my life and transformed my thinking, and there are some lessons I would like to share from my experience.
1. Engagement is great, but wisdom is profitable to direct
While there is a lot of clamor recently for students to engage in extra-curricular activities while in school, the side to the clamoring that is not intensified is that any engagement or extra curricular activities should be logically chosen and planned in line with future career and aspirations. The ginger to engage in extra-curricular activities and fill up your resumé can spur you into fields that have no relation to your chosen field and career dream. And in 2020 job recruitment, job experience is only as good as its relation and relevance to the role you are applying for.
My take is, students should engage in extra-curricular activities; in fact, it should not be limited to the school environment, get mentors who are ahead of you, who are working closely in your line, and can give true and updated fact before spreading your tentacles. Plan logically and act into the future.
2. Our opportunities are limitless
This is a truth I had to agree with much later in my sojourn in the University. Attending an African institution is largely thought to be a “scam”; dealing with the supposedly low quality of education, standard of infrastructure and non-conducive learning environment, many students are forced to think that their life hereafter are limited by the above mentioned factor. Guess what? It doesn’t have to be.
I have been intrigued and helped upon realizing the streams of limitless of opportunities available to students if they are willing to seize them.
First is the scholarship opportunities that await students, usually in their second year if their grades are ‘smiling’. You also have the limitless market population to explore if you are entrepreneurship driven; the political and leadership offices to grease your skills and different competitions to place you on highly contested pedestal. It is all dependent on your relationship and how updated you are with information.
Similar to an anonymous review from an OAU (Obafemi Awolowo University) Alumnus, – “The particular life lesson that struck me is that of going for whatever thing you desire. It is necessary to avoid regret later on. In the same vein, it is easier to go for that desire than bear the burden that comes with it. This burden could be in form of rejection, pressure and even threat of shame. In all, a trial doesn’t kill. It only saves from regret.”
3. Relationships are everything
I’m not trying to scare you but the University could really be a hard knock life and you would need true friends and mentors to get through it.
Just like in the universe of the world, you need cheeks to smile with you and shoulders to lean on, on different days. It is noteworthy for any aspiring undergrad to keep tabs on making good friends and being one. It is a life compulsory course, try not to fail it.
In the words of John C. Maxwell, “Everybody has some kind of experience and lesson to share. It’s what you do with that experience that matters”.Tweet
There you have it! In whatever life stage that we are, we should be able to learn something positive from the past and apply it in the present.
Thank you for reading to the end.😀
Can you relate to all these? If you are an undergraduate, what would you love to do better? If you are a graduate, what do you wish to have done better in your undergraduate years?