Orientation program for 2017 freshmen
I will not lie to you, I wanted to go to the University of Nottingham. I mean, I already had 100% hope I would be a Student of Nottingham, and I was crazy about that dream. I wrote the IGCSE and IELTS and came out with 3 A*s and 7.5 respectively . Yes. I wrote it down on every book “I will be a student of UON” and prayed it in my prayers morning, day, and night. A few months after my IGCSE and IELTS, I was on a plane, not to the UK (as I envisioned) a few months back, but to Akure. I was going to Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti. Don’t ask me how. Don’t ask me why. Just know that not all dreams come true, and not all prayers are answered. I arrived Ado-Ekiti on 28th August 2017, and I was going in to study Law. Now, it may be good to continue writing this narrative in first person, after all, I can only speak for myself and what I feel about ABUAD, but I’ll conduct a little experiment where I imagine myself in each and every fresher’s mind -at least in the mind of those who are reading this- and talk about the experience we had in our first week and how it was for us.
Before we arrived here, there was a trend on Twitter captioned #dearabuadfreshers where old ABUAD students (or staylites, as called here) gave advice on what to expect in the school. I went through it all, and sighed. When we arrived here, it all started manifesting. I realised that cafe 2 had better food than cafe 1, and that TDC cafe was better than the both of them, and that ‘blocking’ is a regular thing in ABUAD ( non Abuad students should endeavour to enrol next year in order to find out the meaning) and that curfew was a serious thing you shouldn’t breach (LOL). Also, I learnt that my college (College of Law) may be the strictest college on the face of the earth with the strictest Provost ever. I haven’t even met her but I’m already comporting whenever I hear of her. It’s been roughly two weeks since we got here, and it’s been an awesome two weeks. Remember I started by telling you I won’t lie to you, so I will continue with my honesty.
The orientation was hectic, and most of us hated most of it, because it seemed they kept saying the same thing over and over again in different ways and different places. Some didn’t bother coming for some programs (future abuad freshers, don’t take my word for it. You may not be as lucky). Let me not bore you by making this thing too long -I mean, I read a lot but I get worn off also- so I will tell you what to expect as an ABUAD fresher based on what some of us expected.
Things seem cheap at first, and you spend ‘anyhow anyhow’ for about a week. You’ll visit the cafe and buy drink with every meal, and chicken with every plate of rice because you believe the 120 naira or the 400 naira is nothing. Moreover, your bank account is still stuffed so you are looking for where to spend all that dough. If you are a guy, the sharwarma stand will be your abode every night with girls you just met. You feel wealthy. A few days later, your bank account may still have money, but you become like the prodigal son in the bible and you will ‘find your square root’. Fanta turns to water and chicken turns to fish. You run away from the sharwarma stand and even the girls.
There will be parties, and depending on who you are, and your standards, and what you like, it’s either the advice is ‘attend the parties ‘ or ‘DO NOT ATTEND THE PARTIES’ . I mean, a celebrity will most likely come and you will have a great time. (We had Small Doctor during our year) but to be honest, it’s a university and not Quilox, so don’t expect too much. However, If you like parties, you’re in for a thrill.
First week of lectures will Freak you out because you don’t know anyone or anything or anywhere so you are basically running around trying to seem serious and focused and at the same time trying to be ‘cool’ . It’s kinda still that way for many of us even after two weeks. Moreover, if you look well , you’ll observe that the lectures are actually very good and aren’t stressful.
If you have read this long, that means my writing was great or that you are bored and have nothing better to do. The reading culture is dead and all that because our generation kinda has more interesting things to do (LOL) and we cannot coke and kill ourselves. Look, Just know that you have thousands of things to expect, and many of them have to come as surprises to deliver their full impact. So, just apply, and come here, and study.
Written by Victor Law student, blogger on the Timeline blog (2017/2018 Afe Babalola University Academic Session Freshman)