In my post on Understanding the University Environment and it’s Purpose, I tried to explain the main purpose of higher institutions while trying also to dispel wrong notions and misconceptions about the university. I also went ahead to enumerate three things every freshman should watch out for as they enter into the university, major things they should be on the ... Continue Reading
In my post on Understanding the University Environment and it’s Purpose, I tried to explain the main purpose of higher institutions while trying also to dispel wrong notions and misconceptions about the university. I also went ahead to enumerate three things every freshman should watch out for as they enter into the university, major things they should be on the guard against in another post. Building upon the foundation laid in those articles, I would like here to explain how you can prepare for the university environment as a freshman by highlighting seven steps that helped me and so many others who not just passed through the university but had the university experiences pass through them and make them the great men and women they are today.
1. Build a strong and solid foundation of your value system
A value, otherwise known as virtue in this context is any quality or practice of moral excellence. You are not rich by the value of your wealth but by the wealth of your values. If you must succeed in the university and even in life, then your value system has to be firmly built and strong enough to withstand the negative influences of the university environment. Qualities like integrity, temperance, order, resolution, love, diligence, moderation, humility, chastity, industry, patience, frugality, and the like should rank high on your value chart.
2. Decide to pursue all-round education
Most dictionaries define ‘education’ as ‘a process of teaching, training and learning, especially in schools or colleges, to improve knowledge and develop skills’ but I will like to add that education should encompass moral, spiritual and social development. Determine in your heart as you enter school to come out educated in every ramification; academically, morally, socially, economically, spiritually and skill-wise.
3. Choose your friends wisely from the very onset
We all know the cliche that says ‘friends either make or mar you’. Your friends can only do one of these two things to you; they can either assist in building your future or destroying it. It is also very well said that ‘No man is an island’. In other words, you’ll surely need relationships that will motivate you to achieve and be the best you can be but you’ll need to choose these friendships wisely.
4. Decide who you want to become and what you want to leave the university with
It is said that ‘he who fails to plan, plans to fail’, which means that either way, whether you like it or not, you’re planning. Be specific about who you want to become after you’ve left school and even the degree certificate you want to leave with and start now to make commensurate plans which you will need to implement with discipline which leads me to the next tip.
5. Make up your mind to be disciplined
You will surely want to do whatever it takes to cultivate and develop a culture of self-discipline. I really cannot explain why things that will lead to self-development and ultimately greatness in life seem to be the most difficult things to do but one thing I know for sure is that ‘all truly great men and women are men and women of discipline’. You’ll need a very large dose of this quality if you are going to achieve anything meaningful in school.
6. Develop the right attitude to work
Dreams without work accomplish nothing. The love of work is the secret to personal progress, productivity and fulfillment because work encourages the release of potential, and potential is the abundance of talents, abilities, and capabilities given to every person. I think this is the best place to also state that it’s more about working smart than it is about working hard.
7. Begin to make hay while the sun shines
Start early! Start early! Start early to study! Start on time to be serious and put in your best. So many graduates I have spoken to always confess that if they had started early to be serious, attend lectures more regularly and study, they would surely have left school with much better results. Resist procrastination by starting today and starting now. Some of us had to lose a year, others, two or three before we finally learnt the importance of starting on time. Some never learnt the lesson and had to pay dearly for it. Make hay while the sun still shines and you’ll have no regrets.