5 Nigerian Graduates Tell Us What They Miss About University

April 9, 2020

To be honest, many of us thought we couldn’t get out of university fast enough. There was a new life to live and hell lots of money to make. Well, we asked 5 Nigerian graduates about what they miss about life in their universities and this is what they said.

Sidiq Rufai, University of Ibadan

University was a rollercoaster ride. Every day was characterised by serious gbas-gbos. I couldn’t wait to graduate, though, to take on life. Haha, I played myself. Now that real adulting has started, I’ve realised how important it is to be careful with what you wish for. Man, I miss a lot of things about that school. On top of the list is the woman who did my laundry — God bless her. Paying for my laundry wasn’t anything I worried about because her charges were incredibly low. But now, I can’t give my clothes out to the dry cleaner without thinking about what else the money can do for me. It’s the ghetto.

Yahaya Muwafaq, Nasarrawa State University

I was popular on campus. I was the kind of guy who was everywhere and part of everything — academics, sports, socials, and politics. Also, I was taking the lead on events, coordinating and finding sponsors. I knew I was going to miss university even before I left. I had the popularity and connections, so it felt like I was giving everything away. I’ll admit, I was really attached to the university. However, one thing I was quick to realise after I graduated was that everything I thought I had didn’t mean a lot outside. So, it was a race to start over and build something new, and I like to think I’m not doing poorly at that. That said, I still miss the popular guy I was on campus. To be honest, that was the genesis of everything I am now.

Lauretta Jonathan, Ecole Proffessionelle Specializé La Université La Cité, Cotonou

I miss the freedom I had in uni. Decision making was easier because the stakes were lower. All I had to worry about was making sure I didn’t get kicked out of school. I miss that. I could decide to party all weekend and sleep in on Monday morning, skipping all my classes for the day and nobody would bat an eyelid. I will probably lose my job on the day I decide to skip work. What kind of life is this?

Seyi Sobowale, University of Lagos

My uni was many things, but it wasn’t boring. This is cliche but I wish I could go back. The four years were some of the best of my adult life. I miss living in a hostel so bad, and of course, my friends. We still talk when we can, but it’s hard to get a hold of ourselves and hangout these days. It’s a good year if we meet up to three times. It took a while to get used to the long-distance friendship thing and it would be nice for things to go back to the way they were. But that’s probably not going to happen — everyone is busy now.

Holiness Peters, Federal University of Technology, Minna

The only thing I was responsible for in uni was my grades. That was a really good deal. I didn’t think so at the time, but a few years later, I would give anything to go back, attend lectures and write exams and I wouldn’t complain about a thing. I miss going to night classes with my friends, the slew of birthday parties, and the student shows. Man, I made a lot of memories in that school and I hate that they’re just memories now — nothing but a reminder of the life I used to live.


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