Campus is literally where everything goes down. It’s one of the few places where you are completely free to do whatever you want and get away with it. It’s also one of the places where you can get easily carried away and forget yourself. Well, I got your back -as always :). Here are my top hacks for living an organised life on campus.
1. Sleep Early. I know you would like to catch up on your instagram and snapchat feed, or that you’ll like to face-time with your sweetheart and get all deep and nasty. I am also very aware that night-time is more or less the only free time you have for yourself, but you need your sleep. Early to bed, early to rise. If you sleep early enough, you would wake up early enough and not snooze through your alarm the following morning. You also reduce the chances of oversleeping. Sleeping allows your body to rest and your brain to relax. You need to sleep, babe. At least for five hours.
2. Have some form of organiser/diary. It may seem like too much, but you would find it easier to remember deadlines, assignments, projects, tests and appointments if you jotted them down in some form of notebook. Organisers are usually in form of calenders which allow space for notes under each date. If you cannot purchase that, have a notebook instead. It should be a small one so you can carry it around easily and also slip it into your pockets or little bags as well as your bagpacks and such. There a number of apps in the PlayStore that you can use instead. But while it’s cool and boujee, it is not advised because anything can happen to your phone. The point is to keep record of all your important information so you can be organised.
3. Have a morning routine. And stick to it. Form some form of morning routine and follow it religiously till you can do it unconsciously (studies show that it takes 66 days to form a habit).
4. Do your assignments immediately you receive them. This way, you avoid the risk of forgetting it completely or rushing it a couple of minutes to submission. If you rush, you would end up not giving it your best and possibly dab someone else’s work just to meet the deadline. Doing it immediately would save you a lot of stress. Do not procrastinate.
5. Arrange your things the night before. You not only reduce your chances of getting late this way, but you would also finish all you need to do and have a little time for yourself. You know how long it takes to pick an outfit and do your hair and makeup on the morning. Imagine the freedom you would have if you chose your outfit and curled your wig the night before. Your morning would be a breeze, believe me. So make sure your shoes are clean, your bag is packed and ready and your outfit is ready to wear the night before. It may seem childish and ‘ugh, no’ but try it tonight and you’ll see how you’ll surf through tomorrow morning.
6. Find a way around transportation. If you live off campus, transportation would definitely be an issue. You have two solutions. One, you can get friendly with a transporter (ie okada or keke marowa drivers) and collect their telephone numbers. It would require humility and a couple of bucks though, but transportation would be covered in the long-run. If it isn’t something you can obtain like that, then observe the nature of things. You rarely find transport during rush hours so leave before or far after the rush hour. For mornings, leave before rush hour (obviously) and for evenings, you can leave school after rush hour. Find a way around it.
7. Have a folder. Or two, or three. For my first year on campus, I had just one folder I kept everything of relative importance. This included official papers, marked assignments, exam questions, exam passes, passports, all school forms and so on. Not only did it help me have everything in one place and easy to find, it also kept my papers creaseless and neat. Having a folder is strongly advised. You can get them in any bookstore at NGN100-150.
Of course, there are other ways to stay organized on campus. Having a place for everything is another way as is having an organised room. You should also try cooking your breakfast/lunch the night before.
Living on campus doesn’t have to be difficult or stressful. My first year was easier than I expected it to be. Get into the system and get organised, babe.