An Open Letter To Fresh Students Walking In (A Must Read)
Dear fresh students have you received a welcome letter from your school or anyone else, a letter trying to help you get started in high school?
Everyone looking for students advice needs to go through this open letter specially baked for fresh students who are walking in.
Education is very important in our lives, in schooling we acquire more knowledge. The higher we go the more we learn.
Despite the fact that education is a good thing, it has its own challenges and such challenges are capable of hindering the positive result of going back to school after leaving secondary school.
We are glad to write to all the new students, walking into the tertiary institution for this year’s academic session. We say a very big congratulations to everyone who sat for different school exams and passed with good grade considerable for admission.
Hence a good thing like education in tertiary level exist, we need to get ourselves equipped against possible challenges, learn how to prevent them, and how to manage them if eventually, they happen to us.
This is not the usual inspirational letter to students from a teacher but from an undergraduate. I write to address new students from my personal experiences, a letter for students at the beginning of the year of start in high school.
Recently I got an admission offer to study computer science at the university, so many things happened in an unexpected manner. I was able to see a great difference in the change of environment, academic activities and above all the conglomeration of people (student).
I almost began to learn things in a different way other than the way it used to be in secondary school.
Sometimes, people who are already in school refer to freshers as “Secondary school disease” this is a popular saying meaning that we were still accustomed to the way things are been done in the secondary school and never well adapted the university lifestyle.
Since many things could be said about the newly admitted students all about unfamiliar activities and how some make a mockery of them. Many new students now feel shy to say they are freshers.
Why do you feel shy about saying you’re a 100 level student?
The university is a conglomeration of people with different idiosyncracies coming together to learn and share ideas with one another in the university environment.
It will interest you to also know that different people with clandestine activities also exist in the school environment, stay away from such people and never make them your friends because the bad character they say, corrupts good manners.
When you get into the university or college, you will find out that no one really places a close look at you just like the time you were still younger and in secondary school.
You’re given a bit freedom or even more, not for you to get things wrong, but for the common fact that the school management believes every college student to be well behaved and know when and how to do things.
You have not come to the college to display fashion, showcase your belongings no even try to show up the level of your social status.
Mellow yourself and learn from your lecturers and students too. We are not saying you shouldn’t wear good clothes, but always remember that you’re a student and you have to minimize the rate at which you spend, so you can save some money as a student.
You’re new to the school environment and as such wouldn’t know everything at once, some office locations are not that clear to you, feel free to ask some other students or a staff on how to locate your destination.
Always start your question in a polite manner, a question like “salutation, please could you help direct me in getting to the registrar’s office?” would always sound better and seeking for help than “show me the registrar’s office“.
On getting to school one of the greatest things every new student needs is information. If the right person is given the right information at the right time he/she will do the right thing.
Find out what are the rules and regulations guiding your school, offenses and possible penalties, you’re not doing this for consideration to default any but to learn the preventive measures in other not to fall a victim.
Choose your academic team, work with people who will encourage you to do even more. Working with a team of positive minds will always leave a wow feeling on your face and boost your academic performances.
It will help you learn to study, you will read better without sleeping when in a group and even understand what you’re reading as you will always feel free to ask your friends questions and get various answers to solve your problems.
Find out the location of your school library, get your library card and other materials required of your school to lend you books and begin to take advantage of books available at your library.
In case your school doesn’t have enough books in their libraries, it is also wise to go to the state, or national library in search of such books if your school allows you the freedom to go out of the school premises.
Be punctual to classes, listen to the lecturer and ask relevant questions when necessary. Make sure you’re always punctual to the class, be in the class before your teacher.
Avoid the use of smartphones or other electronics that can cause distractions while a teacher is in your class. This I’m very sure will make you not concentrated and can land you in trouble.
Shun examination malpractice, learn to read and get ready for exams. Do not always believe in copying from others before you can make good grades.
There are so many students who write and pass exams with high grades and they are never involved in examination malpractice.
Cheating in the exam hall can never be accepted in any institution and when one is caught, it usually has an ugly penalty that can bet one suspended or even expelled from the college.
Do not discuss personal issues with your lecturers so you don’t start having personal issues with them.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t share some problems you have with your teachers to see if you can get help or student advice, but this should have limits and know there’s always a difference between a teacher and a student and every activity should be geared towards the development of a better student who is morally and academically sound.
Stay connected with other friends who are not yet in school. In this part of the country, it can easily be seen that friends tear apart separating themselves from other friends of theirs who are not yet in high school. This shouldn’t be so, many people will see you as being prideful and that what it seems to be.
Do not let the fact that you’re in school get into you, always remember to maintain a good relationship with your friends who are not yet in college. They are also very important to you as friends.
Being just a student sucks…
How do you explain spending 4 to 5 or 6 years just being a student? This is a very important factor to consider especially in countries where college graduates find it difficult to gain employment after school.
You can always learn some profitable skills while on holidays or during your internship programs, instead of searching for a well-paid firm to do your (IT), look for a place to expand your knowledge especially the practical means of getting things done with ease.
Everyone you see in the school environment isn’t a student…
The above sounds strange right? The same thing was said by school guidance and counsellor on an opening ceremony of 2018 students orientation program.
I was startled to hear her say so, and she began to explain what she meant by “Not everyone you see in school is a student” this she explained to include people who are in school to while away their time, people who are in school to cause havoc to the students and school management at large.
If the above seems to be true, it calls for a serious consciousness of what you do in school and people you play around with.
Everyone you are having as a friend should be tested for many things in order to avoid getting into the wrong hands.
They can never have positive plans for you…
Do not party away your time. We know very well the excitement of getting admission into a university as a freshman, but do not be carried away by this.
Learn to do things moderately if at all you have to do them. The high school has a lot of activities like students party, do not let it take the scheduled time for your academic.
Aim to have a high-grade point (GP), you can’t just achieve this by words of the mouth only. Your efforts have a lot of roles to play in this.
When you put things in place as a hard-working student, you don’t have to be surprised if you graduate with first class honors from your school.
Be an active student and never you leave for tomorrow things you’re supposed to do now. Learn to do your class work, assignment, and school project as soon as possible immediately you’re asked to do so.
At this point, I will like to make a list of the points I mentioned in this open letter to fresh students, in no particular other below.
Recap on the open letter to fresh students
- Stay away from people who are practice clandestine activities
- Do not abuse freedom given to you
- The high school is not a place to show off wears
- Ask questions in a polite way
- Know the rules and regulations guiding your school
- Choose your team (Academic group)
- Find your library
- Always be punctual to classes
- Avoid the use of smartphones in the class
- Shun examination malpractices, it kills
- Mind your conversations with your lecturers
- Do not discriminate against other friends who are not in high school yet
- Don’t just be a student, learn profitable skills too
- Not everyone is a student
- Do not party away your time
- Set a grade point (GP) target
- Do not procrastinate
When one gets into the university there’s the need to figure out on’s aims and objectives, then write them on the paper, place it at an attractive corner in the hostel or lodge. Look at it every morning before leaving for classes and also while coming back from class.
Reflecting on one’s objectives as a high school student will always draw you towards achieving them and knowing your core purpose in life and why you are here to study.