The possibility of gaining admission into the university after secondary school can be exciting, as the possibility of a much anticipated National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) deployment notice in Nigeria. What will one do? What adventures lie in store? What should one need? And how will it all turn out?
Applying for a university admission after Secondary school is a huge life changer and can come with a lot of unexpected challenges. If you’ve been at home for some time now, since O level, and you’re thinking of what to expect, here are some questions to ask yourself.
Why do you want to study?
Once upon a time, having O level certificate was enough to provide you with a comfortable life. But that time has passed now and it seemed almost impossible to get a good job without a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent. Wherever you left off your education, irrespective of how long it has been, if you want to get back to study, giving some of these reasons, that is, dissatisfaction with life, to open up more opportunities, to improve yourself, to set an example for others, to improve your job performance, to advance your career, to get a promotion etc. Please make sure it is for the right reasons.
Do you have a passion for the intended course of study?
This by far, is one of the most important questions you need to ask yourself. If you are going to invest your time, money, and future into a degree programme, be sure you like it. Getting a Degree, is a huge commitment and will undoubtedly shape your career for the rest of your life. Whatever degree you choose to pursue, be sure it’s something you have a passion for and can imagine yourself loving for a long time.
How will you foot the bill?
Getting a degree is not a cheap endeavour. If you don’t have the finance to undertake such a project, or don’t have the scholarship offered yet, it can seem frightening and may distract you from the cause of your studies. If you don’t have anyone committed to footing the bills for you, be prepared to take the cost on yourself.
Finally, the decision to be in a university is a tough but important one to make. Therefore, before you dive into a degree programme, it’s important to have all the answers to the ‘whys’.