Coping Mechanisms: Survival Tips on Campus

Campus Life Survival

The higher institution is a place with varied experiences. It comes with a lot of fascinating and horrid stories. Getting on campus requires a lot of preparedness, getting into it in itself is a lot of work. More often than not, the freshmen are pretty excited to be admitted and cannot wait to resume; having crossed that hurdle.

It is, however, expedient that they take note of some tips that will help cope while studying to ensure that they do not get lost with the unfolding of events during their respective years as undergraduates.

Firstly, it is vital that students know people are not the same. Also, the campus has admitted people from different tribes, religions, backgrounds, statuses and upbringings and this means you will encounter those with dissimilar thoughts, ideologies and characters. With some becoming friends, course mates, roommates or religious members. Being conscious of this will foster understanding.

Secondly, before applying to any campus at all, finances should be considered. Money can prove a barrier at any time: before becoming a freshman, as a freshman, in the sophomore years and as a finalist. Preparing well financially will save you a lot of stress when you eventually get in.

Following this, getting good accommodation is very important; a comfortable and convenient space to resort back to at the end of a stressful day.  The state of accommodation is an issue faced by students which goes a long way in affecting their overall performance due to the lack of power, water and a good sewage system. Overcrowding, being a part of the challenge is faced mainly in the campus hostels.

Imagine waking up early in the morning to prepare for a class, then coming across heavy traffic of buckets, big bowls and kegs of various colours, shapes and sizes; waiting for hours, however, few turns before yours, the water finishes.  Eventually, reminiscing that you had fetched some water the previous night in a roommate’s bucket that you mistook for yours due to shortage of power, with the hope to use it for an emergency toilet visit. On getting there, you find out that it is so empty that it makes the loudest noise. Oops! Who is to blame? Who are you to face? All of these troubles can be conquered if one gets the appropriate accommodation; hence, the need for financial preparation.

Studying on campus makes a good manager out of a student. The moment you are aware that a certain amount of money is coming, you have used it without even seeing it. Now, in managing your money, ensure that you always have food items because they will save you when you are low on cash. With this, going about the other expenses would not be much of a problem.

Furthermore, being on campus is for academics. Failure is never an excuse. As a student, you need to understand yourself. You have to know what time suits you: it could be the night or the day. Knowing how best you can assimilate is essential. It is also necessary that you know your lecturers. Let me share a little experience with you. Back then, during my undergraduate days, I had a lecturer who loved to surprise us to avoid predictability and to ensure prompt attendance. All he would say is, “the day I wake up on the wrong side of the bed; that is the day you write your test”. You also need to know what each lecturer expects of you in examinations and how they want their questions to be answered if possible. Keep it direct for those that do not specify.  Avoid a negative mindset about any course due to the pessimistic remarks your senior colleagues have given you. It can affect you in the long run. Study when you have to study. It prepares one for impromptu tests and class works. It saves you the stress of reading bulky notes a few days to your examinations.

Moving forward, exploring co-curricular activities is not a bad idea. Be social: attend social functions; they sometimes come with a lot of connections. Learn to mind your business. Be religious; trust your God. In cases of any harassment, report to the necessary bodies. Speaking up is key; learn to let it all out. Be fashionable. Do that volunteer job. Be that model. Most importantly, be security conscious. Finally, in all be you and do everything in moderation. Excess of everything is bad.

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About Funke Waleola

Funke WaleolaFunke is an Obafemi Awolowo University graduate of Linguistics and African Languages. She is a sports analyst at Top radio (90.9fm) with an unreserved flair for entertainment. She loves baking, cooking and has interests in writing and the media in general. She is currently a CIAPS Postgraduate Professional Student of Media and Journalism. Her publications and research cover areas of Media and Languages.

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