I hope you have we enjoyed my last blog. Now, let’s wrap it up a bit as promised by me. Now, the tertiary years -the University !
One of the rare gift of a typical Nigerian is our resilience and love to exceed against all odds and academic achievements is always a pride here. We are a great people despite our challenges; we are always delighted to emulate and follow after footstep of any learned persons who chanced to come our away. We see such as the most civilized both in moral conducts and social well being.Hence, I see campus as a haven where decency, decorum and modest dressing abounds beside other noble traits. Anything contrary is seen as an anathema and embarrassment. My first rude shock came on my first day coming from my background as a Muslim especially as it relate to dressing mode. Needless to say, the dressing of my supposed” campus model” fell of short of expectations. In today, civilized world, this is nothing strange but normal ; but to an impressionable young man strolling into a campus for the first time it means much that I wondered what really am I going to learn here.
I must say that I got used to these perceived anomaly in my own innocence estimate as time goes on . My boarder days life where I mix with different cultural backgrounds irrespective of religious and social difference gave me the sound footing making my integration easy. Thank God, I escape the regimental life then in High school now embracing world of freedom the University life offers. You really have to be mature, focus and determined to make a success on campus. I discovered the University years need a different kind of approach to surmount .We had to hurry up to the students affair admission office and hence to our appropriate faculties of choice followed by department with your course form. Next we were all screen in certificate verification where you come across results of all kinds. Some all A’s , some B’s , some credit s and other a mix of all though the most important thing is that you have the compulsory five ‘O ‘level credits and meet the Joint Matriculation Board Cut off mark in your departments. Now, it dawn on me that your kind of results never matter at the end but the seriousness you put in your studies. Some supposedly bright results carrier were flushed out at the end of the session due to their very low GPA as a result of peer influence, campus politics and razzmatazz they dabbled into. We had some rusticated students whom we often referred to as Professional students- They talk to you about campus life and they are always idling around hot spot all through even though they are never seen in lecture halls. They spend seven years in a four year course. Woe betide you, if you find your self in their company perhaps they add a kind of wrong glamour to campus!
After payments and formal registration, we boarded school bus to all of residence where the porter checked you in. My hostel was named after Abuja, the federal capital of Nigeria. We were four in a room , all of different level and ethnic background and I learned a great deal here. The older students will advise you on your academics if you are found to be admirable personality. One of such, was Uncle Dot. His real name was Dotun Philips,; To me he caught an image of the un serious type going to lots of campus parties and get together but to my amazement he always attended lectures and come top in class. He sleep early and wake up to read at night- a daily routine of consistency second to none while his co-travellers already drunk were fast asleep. To, be honest my room was too noisy with musicals and gist of all type making me to visit my friends room but Mr Dot came with his timely advise on my reading habit. Taiwo, he said “you must fashion out your own study habit and never copy other students. Watch me as I woke up at 3 am to revise my work. You too can sleep and wake up to read at the laundry as I do”. Thus , I emulated Mr. Dot and it paid off though I had to endured some inconveniences in the room. Some occasional smoking by Mr Dot even though hall of residence rules does not permit it . However, at a point we all got used to each other and we all graduated with good grades in our various field of study. Mr. Dot studied English Language, Musa-Medicine, Toyin- Theater arts, Wale Economics and I – Physics. Today, I have been fortunate to reconnect with some of them especially Musa. I wish to meet with others soon
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