Final year might be the most exciting year of university life, but the defining year (in most cases) has to be freshman year because it sets the pace for the events of the subsequent years.
The power of hindsight is an interesting thing, so we decided to ask a couple of final year students to talk about the things they would tell their 100-level selves if they could.
1. Camela, University of Abuja
“Save as much as you can. That ‘chop life before life chop you’ lifestyle isn’t sustainable.”
2. Hope, University of Calabar
“Don’t catch feelings for anyone. They are a lot of work and they will get overwhelming. Develop a studying timetable that works early enough and stick to it. Also, there’s a lot of beautiful memories you can make by socializing more, don’t miss out on them.”
3. Success, Covenant University
“Lose your fears and try everything you want. Build a valuable network of friends. Put a lot of distance between you and negative people.”
4. Mojolaoluwa, University of Lagos
“Trust your past questions. These lecturers are lazy.”
5. Desmond, University of Ibadan.
“Don’t be naive. Be safe. Manage your expectations or you will be setting yourself up for a series of unfortunate events”
6. Chiamaka, University of Jos
“It will be hard but don’t lose focus or give up on yourself. Keep your eyes on the prize. You can do better.”
7. Eniola, University of Ibadan
“Don’t put yourself inside a box. There’s a lot of non-academic stuff you can do. Explore and live freely.”
8. Ifeoluwa, University of Benin
“Stay low-key. You don’t have to be nice to everyone. There’s a lot of people you have no business knowing — avoid them.”
9. Joshua, University of Nigeria
“Take your tests seriously if you want that first class. Choose your electives on the chance of getting a good grade, not because you have an interest in the course.