Getting back to school after the long break is a door open to many students in Nigerian Universities to be different from what they were or their way of life as students before and during the strike. Being out of school for an extended period, students have been subjected to explore what is within their reach. While some are not so lucky, some students will resume school with a new version of their previous attributes.
The type of students you will come across in the Nigerian University might have been occurring for a while, but this resumption will undoubtedly bring on board ‘the more, the merrier. Do you want to meet them? Come now, allow me to introduce—
1. The Craze Selfie Freaks
One of the feasible traits that would go unnoticed after resumption is the excitement of meeting estranged school pals, bunk mates, roomies, or the ‘walkie-talkies’ after such stretched distance apart when out of school. The frenzy of these kinds of students follows after the craze of selfie shots to make more memories and make up for the lost time with smartphone gadgets.
2. The Swindlers
The typical norm is to call home when you need or run out of cash. Some students bid their demands high for their parents, and as much as parents try to cover most costs, it can never be enough— not for students. Expenses are high when it comes to being a student in any Nigerian University on a whole new level; what better way than to take advantage of innocent parents?
3. The Spendthrifts
These students are effortlessly bestowed with more than sufficient funds in their pockets. When you have one of them in your group of friends at school, the extra benefits are luxurious. During broke times, these charitable kinds of students— sweet and generous—will have something to spare without breaking the bank. I’m not saying you should be an opportunist, take my advice, and befriend these fellow students.
4. Just Garri Feeders
Typically, almost every student has been drawn to love garri(Cassava flakes) against their preference. However, some students will have no choice but to take this readily available food than any other. Garri is easy and fast, and since all you will need is water to make it easier to ingest, it becomes a substitute. This resumption might leave most students cashless in a few days, and pretty Garri will be hunger-saving for a couple of weeks before the ping of another alert.
5. The Reunion Gangs
Before school closed, there were groups of friends among the students, each known for their regular hang-out location on campus or the solidarity to swarm with each other. During the long holiday, gangs of friends have been severed from their clingy ties. After resumption, there will undoubtedly be some reunion party or gathering to rekindle fading friend-association-ship.
6. The Study Troops
These types of students have got no chills; they are the ones that will make the rest of the students around them seem not serious. They gather and study within their confined environment, and the exam period is not usually near. But they will learn openly, and you can only watch with envy or otherwise. This group of students might not invite you; they love their circle.
7. The Night Prowlers
The school campus is not only the venue for academic activities; after the long day, the students in this category venture out at night. Trust me; they usually have a purpose than just roaming at that hour. Some things are better scheduled for the night at school, the best scene, and the time for lovers to cuddle! The night on the Nigerian campus is not at all quiet; it usually buzzes with various activities by students intending to snake out some stress.
8. The Class Celebrities
That moment when a famous student stroll inside the class, after such distance apart, fellow students worship this type of student with hails and salutes. Students in this faction are either boisterous, loud, and well-recognized for their charisma. The best part is they have a lot of friends around them and leading followers on their flanks. This resumption will caption the class celebs with more noise than before in an intriguing way.
9. The Business-Minded Ones
The need to curb financial crisis in school will let some students strategically develop an average scale of business they can run in school after the resumption. This type of student can balance their academics with their side hustle. And if you study them closely, they are intuitive when they lay out their business ideas, and they know how to use their campus environment to benefit their business.
10. The “I am Free” Spirits
Here, there are types of students that are delighted to resume. They have been stuck at home for the longest time during the holiday with physical surveillance on their movement; that said, they don’t have freedom as well breathing space while out of school. The school resumption is the portal they need to escape from the clutch of their parents and live their lives as they please. At school, these students will do everything they can’t do back home. You won’t know the feeling after a prison break, but some students will.
11. The Fashion Icons
Going back to school means that some students love to be stylish and change their wardrobes; they want to top their fashion sense and look every academic year. Other students borrow dressing styles from them, and they create trends from the latest fashion look in the era. They are modern students, and there are complete and matching sets of accessories, shoes, bags, caps, and other clothing items to complement their everyday wear.
12. The Rent Shareholders
Here are a few groups— of four or more—of students that will come together to share the cost of accommodation at school. As getting a room for an affordable price is more significant than the capability of one student only, the price for a room is shared among themselves to hold their accommodation. It’s nice to meet different people on this route of securing a place to stay at school and co-owning a room to live together, which is a benefit.
13. The iPhone Oppressors
Honestly, some students are resuming with an upgraded gadget. There is one phone model that several University students in Nigeria assent the most; iPhone. The features developed by the iOS Apple company have evolved over the years, and this model has been a big deal for young adults. The iPhone users in University have either upgraded to the latest-affordable version or Android users have used the iOS phone model. Resumption will feature oppressors on this side.
14. The Eager Penultimates
Students exceeding their third year will undoubtedly be excited to finish their program at the University. The students in this category must have gone through hectic years of their academic studies; to escape the non-stop and time-wasting strikes in Nigerian Universities is worth running from. Penultimate students can’t wait to be in their fourth year so they can graduate and leave their studies behind to focus on other aspects of their lives.
15. The Tutorial Scholars
Genius students that retained their brilliance from their first year dwell in this faction; they spare time to guide students —freshers especially— through their first-year journey academically. They organize tutorials, sometimes free, for rookies to let them benefit from their own experience and to help them avoid mistakes they wish they had known during their first year. Scholars of every faculty and department present themselves in tutorials to inspire students on how they can be where they are.
16. The Restaurant VIPs
Cooking for some students is a pain in the neck, either because they don’t know how to or they don’t have the time— with the availability of foodstuffs, nevertheless. But they prefer to buy food with their money while others are high on garri in the nearest restaurants to fill their belly on a frequent routine. Thus, they’ve earned themselves a top customer badge for their regular patronage. These kinds of students will get special treats whenever they buy their meals.
17. Aspiring Ballers
This slang—Ballers— is meant for those aspiring to be millionaires, notwithstanding their academic status. They are willing to do almost anything to get money in their pockets; by engaging in various money-making opportunities at their comfort, this type of student also lives a ‘cool’ lifestyle, and they will only spot them on campus once in a while, giving you the chills that they are into cybercrimes.
18. The Upcoming Tik Tok-ers
These students will resume school with new resources and inspiration to create video content with their TikTok accounts. Perhaps they want to become the upcoming TikTok influencers, or maybe they want the attention and followers for their benefit— personal or not. As a student, you will gain popularity among classmates in school or outside if the contents are loved.
19. The Lecturers’ Disciples
The students here will always follow their lectures out of the class after each class; they know most lecturers’ offices, and they pave the way for favoritism lecturers give to students offering their course. They are the messenger; they transmit vital information to their coursemates from lecturers. However, they also try to keep their performance to the likeness of the lecturers, and the best part is they get leniency when some of the close lecturers are proving harsh, extending the benefit to coursemates.
20. The Library Visitors’ place
These kinds of students are the types that don’t study till the last minute, and they can only seek a quick skimming of books in the school library. In normal circumstances, the library is not their favorite place. But the urgency to excel in fast-approaching exams or tests leaves them with no choice but to get their act together. They won’t assimilate anywhere near their favorite spots on campus.
The after-resumption in Nigerian Universities will be filled with a mix of students with their best attributes which might also vary with their circumstances, financial or not. Perhaps, the academic place is not only meant for studies or a stale lifestyle. Students use the educational purpose for many opportunities and to find themselves. Which of the above mentions are you familiar with?