Here in Nigeria, so many new students and freshmen find the campus environment a different place all together as they enter for their first time. Some are carried away by the exuberance of this new environment even before they take the time to understand the environment.
Some owing to the ignorance of some of the operations and practices within this environment have led themselves to destruction. It is therefore important to reveal these main ‘highways to an early grave’ which lead first-year students to their destruction upon entering the university.
1. The ‘October Rush’
The name, ‘October Rush’ was derived from the period of new intake and admission into Nigerian tertiary institutions. Formerly, before the disruption of the normal academic calendars of universities by strike actions, academic sessions would usually begin in October.
During this period, new students are admitted into institutions and at this time, you come across old students willing to offer helping hands to new students to get their attention for particular interest. Also, pious church groups, clubs and societies as well as secret societies scavenge for members among the new students.
Some old students especially the male students claim to be what they are not in other to win the affection of the new and mostly innocent female students. They do everything necessary to make sure they get these female students within their territory. As a new student, you need to be very careful.
As a freshman, you should be cautious and not be too fast to give in to anybody or anything. Any inquiry you have to make must concern one of these departments in the school: admissions, student’s affairs, PRO, security, your faculty and department as well as your hostel supervisors and porters.
Be very careful in asking some people to help you do things that you may pay for later. Please, don’t get me wrong, you need to relate to people and ask questions but do it with caution.
2. Welcome Parties and Orientation
They are wonderful when the motive is positive. So many parties and ceremonies of this sort are sometimes organized by cult groups and fraternities as a form of initiation.
3. First-time Friends
Friends have inherent in them, the power to either make or mar your future, ‘Show me your friends and I will show you your future’. Friends are very important so choose them with wisdom. Your success in the university will be closely tied to the friends you make when you first step into the university.