10 Things Year One Students In Nigerian Universities Will Relate To

May 12, 2020

The first year in a Nigerian university is always one hell of a ride. It’s like finally getting admitted into this prestigious club but then the club has more downs than ups. Here’s a list of some good and bad stuff year one students in Nigerian universities will relate to:

1. All the registration stress and queues.

The one thing you can be certain about in Nigerian universities is queues. There is always a queue, and it’s worse for year one students because they have a registration deadline to meet.

2. The wait for reg number.

You spend 2 weeks on campus and you are still stuck with your JAMB reg number.

3. Matriculation day excitement.

And of course, your parents come through Nigerian style. One cooler of rice, a cake in the university colors and crates of malt for your friends and fans

4. Priding in the fact that you now have “lectures” and not “lessons”.

Levels have changed yo.

5. Dropping the name of your university with shoulders high when neighbours ask.

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6. The struggle for accommodation.

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The struggle is indeed real. Lagos state agents have got nothing on campus agents. It be your own students.

7. Attending classes back to back because you want to make first-class.

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With 5.0 CGPA goals on your mind. In spite of the fact that you and WAEC did not really end on good terms.

8. First exam period and you are humbled.

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Humbled by the questions that look like HD when the lectures were only taught in 2D. Also humbled by the mean invigilators and how much space they put between desks. And finally humbled by the fact that other people are already asking for an extra sheet and you can’t even bring yourself to understand what question one wants from you.

9. Checking your first exam results.

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You go with your heart in your hands because. And on your way you probably get flashbacks from all the times you were sleeping like a bear when you should have been cramming definitions.

10. First embarrassment from a lecturer.

And you’re like, I thought the point of being a university student is that I will now be treated like an adult? Which one is “get out of my class”?

That’s 9 things most year one students in Nigerian Universities will relate to. Which struggle was the realest for you?

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