ATTRIBUTES ALL FRESHERS SHOULD CULTIVATE TO AID THEIR UNIVERSITY LIFE
You Paid For it and they are there for a reason: Most students come in with the “U=I will be very serious and attend ll classes” mentality but they tend to backslide due to some forces that an african woman might consider spiritual. Unknown to them is that lectures provide you with value-added content. It’s true that some of the content may be available on-line, or with a text-book, but in most cases, lectures will help to draw connections between different contents, and/or provide a valuable context to the material that might be in the textbook or on-line. Professors take a lot of pride in lecturing, and work hard to make the lectures engaging, interesting, and thought-provoking, not all of them though. You will soak up an amazing amount of material by just being in lectures, and paying attention.
CONNECT WITH PEOPLE
The truth is , the university is like a bag filled with random objects. You should be expecting different kinds of fellow from all walks of life. But networking with the right kind of people can go a long way in helping you achieve that goal.
Do not form big boy, you are not! There are no silly questions (except for “Will this be on the exam?”). This is very, very true. If you are confused about something, or failed to get the point of a slide, or discussion, you must ask for clarification. Although it can be intimidating to ask a question in a large lecture hall, it’s important to try. If you are confused, it’s highly likely that other students are also confused. You are helping yourself, and your peers, when you put your hand up.
HAVE A STUDY STRATEGY
In order to keep control of your commitments, write out a personal timetable which includes any employment obligations, scheduled study such as lectures, at least two library sessions per week, private study, planned activities such as Fun time and societies, and time for rest and relaxation with your friends. Try to stick to this principle religiously. Even if you have not had time to do the background reading, make sure that you try to attend all your lectures, seminars and tutorials as this will help you to form an impression of the broader picture. Keep copies of all written work, back up your computer and keep the discs in a safe place.
BUILD YOURSELF, NOT YOUR RESUME
Many students will do extracurricular or gain leadership positions just because they want to impress future employers. However, if they focus more on developing themselves as strong, well-rounded people, they will be far more memorable in interviews and in the working world.
THE LAW OF DIMINISHING MARGINAL RETURNS Applies TO YOUR GPA, TOO
Of course, you should maintain a respectable GPA, but know that once you cross 3.5, it matters less and less but you still work hard . The amount of energy needed to get perfect grades could be put to better use. Manage your time in order to earn a better grade. Like I always say aim for the highest view.. (If you aim for the Ground you might land undergound.. If you aim for the sky you might stop halfway but if you aim for Highest level (space) you might end up in the sky which is better . “AIM FOR THE HIGHEST”.
ENJOY YOURSELF, IT’S YOUR FIRST TIME
You are not expected to carry book and start reading on the first day of resumption, you will still read and beg to stop. Enjoy yourself, make new friends, if you are the type that likes girls, you will get a lot to mix with, participate in the euphoria, let people know you. This is because your fresher days is when you will have most time to enjoy, subsequent years might not be so funny. But never forget the main reason you came to University to study hard and have intellectual knowledge and intelligence.