If you go to a federal university, you probably recognize ASUU strike as the summer break you never had. In the past the strike has lasted a week or maybe two, and in its longest in history, 6 whole months. Scary isn’t it? True, ASUU strike is horrible on students, especially those expecting to graduate soon, but we refuse to look at the negative side of things. Every cloud has a silver lining. Here’s a list of all the things you can do while the strike is on.
Yes, ASUU is striking but don’t allow them pour sand in your garri. Though no one knows when the strike will end, its best you spend that idle time doing something productive like interning at a firm, business, hospital, radio station, basically anywhere, so far as its something you like or are interested in. Don’t waste away when you can be getting real life experience on your future job or field of choice. Especially in this day, where companies expect a fresh graduate to have 2 – 3 years of experience sometimes even more, a little internship time couldn’t hurt.
WORK ON YOURSELF
You’re life’s pretty great, I know. But we all have at least one thing we wish we could change. One talent we wish we could develop or one skill we wish we could learn. Whether the strike lasts a week or a month you can’t go wrong in using the time to develop yourself. Go to acting classes. Read a book. Practice dancing. Exercise. There really is no end to the possibilities! Use the time wisely.
YOU’RE ALWAYS IN SCHOOL, SPEND SOMETIME WITH YOUR FAMILY
After the last ASUU strike, you’ve barely spent any quality time at home. Your school’s Academic calendar has got you jam-packed with work trying to make up for the previous 6 months of lost time. Now that you have a little free time on your hands, why not go home and spend some quality time with your family? Take your siblings to a movie. Have deep conversations with mum. Go take a walk with your dad. And when last did you visit grandma?
EXPLORE. DISCOVER SOMETHING NEW
Nothing beats the annoying sting of boredom and idleness than the excitement of a new place or new experience. So get up and experience something new. Don’t mope around about ASUU this or that, just live and experience life. Go check out the new place around the corner that just opened. Explore Lagos. Eat food from another culture. I was about to suggest hiking as an option, but then I remembered we’re Nigerians and we really don’t know what’s in these woods. LOL. But yeah, you get my point.
READ, BECAUSE YOU’RE MOST LIKELY TO RESUME TO AN EXAM
Don’t kid yourself. While ASUU strike might seem like a time of relaxation, it really isn’t. Think of it more as extra time to read for your semester finals. You definitely don’t want to be caught off guard when your exams come, so spend all your time preparing! Read that Psychobiology note! Read that Land Law note! And do not at any point stop reading! Cause, remember; an indefinite strike means it can’t end anytime!
ASUU strike could end this week or maybe last longer still, you shouldn't put your whole life on hold because of it. Do something positive. Effect change. Make someone smile. Make a difference.