Unfortunately, it seems like the ASUU strike has become a norm in the Nigerian university education system. This process is very devastating. However, what’s more, devastating is not making the most out of it. When ASUU and the government are at loggerheads with each other, here is what you should be doing as a student:
1. Learn A Skill
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For quite a while, Nigerian society has shifted from relying only on University degrees which transform into white-collar jobs to earn a living. Instead of doing nothing but awaiting a miracle to make ASUU listen to the federal government, try to learn a skill. There are many skills to learn out there, ranging from digital skills like writing, photography to others like barbing, hair styling and others. You don’t necessarily need billions to learn a skill. You can start from free online platforms that teach these skills or government-owned skill acquisition centres.
SEE ALSO: SOFT SKILLS YOU NEED TO HAVE AS A STUDENT
2. Make Money
See: Building Your Business In School
After learning a skill, you can begin to make money through it. It’s not compulsory to be a pro in whatever skill you’ve learnt before you start applying the knowledge. Practice makes perfect. Moreover, it’s not compulsory to make money from the skill you’ve acquired alone. If you come across job opportunities and their description looks like something you can handle, give it a trial! People are no longer waiting to finish school before they can apply the knowledge they’ve learned. Working as a student helps to build your portfolio. Experience gives people an edge over others in the employment world.
READ: HOW TO GROW YOUR SMALL BUSINESS
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Even when ASUU strike is on, it’s not a good excuse to abandon study. This is not saying you should read like someone preparing for exams yet you should still try to read once in a while. If you abandon reading for too long, even the words you wrote yourself can start looking like Chinese when you pick your book to read months and weeks later. Even with ASUU messing up the academic calendar themselves, they might not be fair on students. They could decide to start exams a few weeks after calling off the strike. Remember, we’re already a year behind as a result of COVID-19. Like we Yorubas say, I’ve lent you the money I have.
SEE: WAYS TO MAKE YOUR LAZY DAYS PRODUCTIVE
4. Rest Well
You can check: How To Deal With Stress As A Student
Even between working, learning a skill and studying, don’t forget to rest well. You don’t have 7 am classes for the time being and there’s no pressure go-to for TDB or MTN so make the most of the free time you have now. However, don’t sleep too much. Too much of everything is bad. Even the Bible says there’s time for everything.
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5. Have Fun
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The thought of staying in school longer than usual because of ASUU can be depressing. Nevertheless, try as much as possible to have fun. ASUU doesn’t care about what you think and even if a student dies from brooding, there’s no 100% assurance they’ll call off the strike. So, instead of stressing yourself, have fun! Even with the little you have, organize hangouts with your friends. To save money, you can make meals from home and take them to a free public park where you guys can gist and play games. If you’re an indoor type, you can watch movies or read novels.
6. Eat Well
Like a friend is more important. As a student, you know school SAPA is read and can make you take garri three times a day. While you’re home where free food is abundant, eat as much as you can. In addition to eating well, you can also try exercising to keep fit, because being at home can make you fat. If something you feel like eating is not at home, you can try convincing your parents in a good way. They’ll most likely get it for you, considering how much you suffered in school. However, be careful not to overdo this.
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7. Do House chores
Don’t tell me this one has spoilt the whole thing..nooooo! Sure, when you weren’t home, your parents were able to get by. Now you’re back, let your presence be felt. I’m not saying you should kill yourself in the name of house chores but try as much as possible to perform your role as a child. Being a university student doesn’t mean you should start forming big boys and girls.
Live by this and you should remain alive and kicking when ASUU calls off strike. Never give ASUU the power to mess with your mental health!
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