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‘List of reasons you should and shouldn’t stay in the school hostel’. In life, there are always two things involved. So it is for a university student. Every university student is faced with two options of whether to stay in the school hostel or not.
The best way to make a choice is to effectively weigh both options and see which exactly fits you and which you will be able to handle effectively.
As a fresher, it is important to judiciously examine these factors so as to know exactly what you are to do, so as to know which decision to make. The wrong decision can be detrimental to you as a fresher. There are many Mistakes University Students Make In Their First Year and hostel issues is one of them. This is why I put together a list of reasons you should and shouldn’t stay in the school hostel.
List of Reasons You Should Stay In The School Hostel
EASY ACCESS TO CLASS:
One of the major reasons why you should stay in the school hostel is the fact that your hostel is nearer to your class. When there is an impromptu test or class, you will be able to quickly get to class if you stay on campus.
You will avoid hold ups, tiredness due to trekking and even save more money when you stay on campus.
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ACCESS TO SCHOOL FACILITIES
Another reason why you should stay in the school hostel is access to school facilities. Most students need access to basic school learning facilities like libraries and e-libraries, laboratories, etc. Staying on campus gives you access to school facilities and enables you utilize them fully.
Also, it gives you firsthand access to firsthand information on campus like school updates, class materials, etc.
MORE AFFORDABLE LIFESTYLE
The price of getting a school hostel space is usually between 15 to 30 thousand naira per session. Staying on campus helps you live an affordable life due to the few expenses incurred.
Staying off campus on the other hand, increases your expenses because when you rent an apartment, you still have to buy a lot of things and properties. In the hostel also, you have a lot of people that can help you when you are in deep needs or lacking something essential.
MODERATELY GOOD SECURITY
With the high level of cultism in universities, staying on campus is usually a fair and better option due to the fact that the activities of cultists are gravely reduced on campus due to campus security.
Most cultists operate outside campus and this makes staying on campus better for you. It is rare to hear of cultist clashes on campus or armed robbery or robbery in the hostel.
Believe or not, but the hostel makes you more exposed. Apart from your schoolwork, the hostel experiences expose you to issues of life. Interacting with other people from other faculties, departments and background exposes you to there views of life and also exposes you to more opportunities.
If you feel you are really good or probably the best in something, then stay in the hostel. You might just realize you are a local champion.
MOTIVATION TO READ
There are people who can read for 12 hours straight and seeing them pricks your conscience. If you stay in the hostel, no one needs to tell you to read. When you see your fellow roommates and course mates heading to night class to read, you will be gingered to get up and read. This boosts your reading habits and makes you more serious as a student.
If you want to get a good result in your first year, you might definitely want to consider staying on campus in your first year.
AVAILABLE POWER AND WATER
Basic amenities like power and water supply are usually available in the hostel. Most universities have standby generators for their hostel when there is shortage of power.
This is very important because one of the basic needs of every student is power supply. To cook, read, iron, etc. When there is power supply, there is definitely water.
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List of Reasons You Shouldn’t Stay In The School Hostel
Still on the list of reasons you should and shouldn’t stay in the school hostel, let us look at why you shouldn’t.
HIGH RATE OF STEALING
Why you might not want to stay in the hostel is because of the high rate of stealing in the school hostel. There are always thieves in the hostel who can steal virtually anything. From shoes to clothes, pant, phones, books, etc. The funny thing is that the thief can even be your own roommate.
If you are the type of person that loves privacy, then staying in the school hostel might be a bad idea for you. there is virtually no time for your own meditation. This is because one distraction from one end or another is always there.
In a hostel like that of the University of Benin where you gave like 12 people in a room, forget privacy. There are different types of people you will meet in the university. Even when you want to cook, you are cooking not for just yourself but about 5 people. This lacks of privacy makes you have to put up annoying people at times.
If you are someone with obsessive-compulsive disorder, then staying in the hostel might be a bad idea for you. This is because a hostel is a public place and you will meet a lot of people who are actually dirty.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder in which time people have recurring, unwanted thoughts, ideas or sensations (obsessions) that make them feel driven to do something repetitively (compulsions). The repetitive behaviors, such as hand washing, checking on things or cleaning, can significantly interfere with a person’s daily activities and social interactions.
Get ready to tolerate dirty rooms, dirty toilets, dirty passages, etc if you want to stay in the hostel. This is the cause of the foul odour that usually comes from the school hostel.
To be honest, living in a particular environment influences you one way or another. It may be positively or negatively as the case may be. But over time, it has been observed that people learn to develop bad habits and get negatively influenced when staying in the hostel.
Your communication and clique can affect you a lot. Most people move from being good and serious students to very unserious and bad students. In the aspect of hygiene, the carefree life in the hostel often makes people begin to live haphazardly and forget about their hygiene.
STRESS OF REAPPLYING
It can be very stressful when you are made to feel like a fresher after every session. You have to go through the process of applying after every session. It is even a 50/50 chance because you might be very unlucky not to get a hostel space again.
This can be very stressful. You have to pack your luggage again, move to a new room, have new roommates and begin to associate with them again. Sometimes, your new roommates may not be as nice and interesting as the previous old ones you had.
Finally, it is always advisable to stay in the school hostel in your first year. After that, you can make the decision to continue or not. This is one of the many mistakes students make in their 100level. Read that.
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