Surviving in the university as a student will be very difficult if you lack proper guide and orientation, it’s more like you are essentially thrown into the deep end of life and expected to swim. This article is a guide that will help students and prospective students to take responsibility of their live in school and to overcome the challenges that may come their way.
Here are ten tips that will help you survive in the university as an undergraduate:
- God first
- Understand your environment
- LEARN HOW TO MAKE PLANS
- Adopt a routine
- Learn how to Manage time
- Attend lectures, strive for good grades
- Socialize and have a good network
- Acquire a skill
- Balance your life
- Attend orientations
- GOD FIRST:
As a student, you will be faced with so many activities in school, so many distractions our attention might tend to focus on your life success, but you shouldn’t forget that no success comes without Gods approval, you can do nothing without Him. So be careful not to allow the demands and distractions of life to be more important or more of a priority to your relationship with God. Put God first in your daily activities, and allow His grace to see you through.
- UNDERSTAND YOUR ENVIRONMENT:
Understanding the environment you find yourself will give you the confidence to live in it, your environment here are the people you associate yourself with more like your roommate, your friends, course mates, your department and the things that surrounds you. A good knowledge of these will help you know the friends you keep, the organizations and club you join and even the skill you will learn.
- BE PREPARED AT ALL TIME:
Be organized, gone are the high school days where your teacher will tend to announce the due date for text and submission of assignments, in the university, your lecturers expect you to be prepared at all time. Find an ideal place for study it may be your room, library, a quite environment as long as there is no distraction there.
- ADOPT A ROUTINE:
Adopt a system that will help you to succeed, a system that you will regularly follow, be consistent in it even if it will require you to set a schedule do so, stick to it be diligent, and always expect a positive outcome.
Don’t just be a triangular student, socialize with others, and involve yourself in other positive things which will add value to your life.
- LEARN HOW TO MANAGE TIME:
Time management is an essential key to succeed in life, the earlier you start managing your time the better for you, set priorities, let the most important activities come first and the less important below, make time for yourself, don’t be a jack of all trade, involve in activities that will help you relax and take stress out of your day, remember What you use your time for will either make you or mar you.
- ATTEND LECTURES:
Students tends to depend on lecturer’s materials only, it is good but it is actually vital that you attend class because attending lectures and taking good notes will help you put ideas together, reading the notes that same day will help you assimilate the knowledge proper and always revisit the note after four days of lecture, this will help you be prepared. Always strive for good grades.
- SOCIALIZE AND CREATE GOOD NETWORK:
University is a world on its own, this is where you will meet people from different places, different culture even different languages, this is where you are going to build bond with people, get connected for life, sometimes we cannot just survive without social interaction times will come when your friends will stand for you when you are not there.
- ACQUIRE A SKILL:
So many depend on their certificate, the world is changing these days certificate is no longer a yardstick to secure a job after school, where certificate fails your skill will speak for you.
Don’t just put all your eggs on one basket, your skill can even be a source of income while in school and after school. Read also 10 skills students need to be successful
- BALANCE YOUR LIFE:
A friend of mine ones said a student should be spiritually stable, financially stable and emotionally stable to reach a balance life. Take a break and examine your life, be honest with yourself check the areas you are doing well and the areas you are neglecting. If you need help from a mentor or a friend don’t be afraid to voice your opinion, however if you never voice your opinion nothing might change, you can actually shape your university experience through what you say. learn more on how to balance your life
- ATTEND ORIENTATIONS:
This is a very important aspect in the university, the objective of orientation is to provide the necessary information and awareness that will help students to acclimatize the environment they are. Make sure you attend these orientations like departmental orientation, fresher’s orientation etc. you can also get orientation from the people around you.