Life of an undergraduate can be one hell of a time. Especially, when it is not part time.
It may seem as this is mostly done by post graduate students or Nigerian students in diaspora.
But truth is, there are Nigerians, yes young Nigerians who work full time and equally study full time.
I used to think it’s impossible, till I met one. Now, naturally, as a student, especially a dependent student in Nigeria, you may not get all your needs and wants.
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When I was a student, I wished I could get a job to add extra income to the pocket money I recieved.
This is one of the reasons, you find a lot of undergraduates in public universities vying for political and leadership positions.
Cos to them, it’s another source of income.
I could remember some students who did jobs like Ushering, security at night, cake making, etc.
These students who had this side hustles, were living the dream life.
So you can imagine how shocked I was when I found out that Rejoice is a student of Rivers State University in Nigeria, and also a full time employed staff of the civil service.
Now, you will think that she would be very old. But then she is a very young lady. A very young one. So how did it happen? How is she coping?
Now, let me take you to Rejoice. So you can hear from her 😌
So Rejoice, How do you combine work and school?
My dear, It really ain’t easy. But, God dey sha.
I used to think it’s impossible, till I met you
It is though, but it ain’t easy. It’s okay if you’re working with people that understand you in school.
Did you get the work or school first??
I got the job in the first semester of my 200 level.
Oh… You were already in school
What if you had gotten the job first, would you have schooled full time?
Nope! Part time.
Okay. Now at the time, the job came, did you feel like rejecting it?
Noo. It’s been helping. It’s more like a one time opportunity. With the way the economy is, you shouldn’t trade such opportunity for anything.
How about colleagues at work, No jealous colleagues trying to pinch you out?
Normally na, Them dey. But you gats dey prayerful sha
Thank you much, Rejoice. I won’t want to stress you further 🙂. I am sure your story will motivate someone out there.
Truth is, there are quite a lot of Nigerians who are in the same shoes. Some who even feel it will be too much and then decided not to take up the job.
Meanwhile, if you have a younger one who is a student and a job opportunity comes calling what would be your advice?
Or what if you have a similar opportunity while in school, what would you do? Comments section is open😌.
P.S.: The name of the female undergraduate was changed for anonymity purposes. The name used here is not real and I do apologize for any semblance of any kind.