So it has been three weeks since I started my tertiary education at the University of Botswana and I must say I have experienced a lot in that short time. Both good and bad experiences have occurred, fortunately mostly good of course.
So now I guess I can officially say that I am indeed a young lady, a well presented and matured young lady for that matter. I know that being a first year in any university is extremely exciting as it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. I mean I’m ecstatic that I’m here, I’m happy that for the very first time in my life I don’t have my mother by the side to tell me what and what not to do. I know sometimes it’s scary but most of the times it’s very exciting and unbelievable. I don’t have a curfew and no one to actually force me to go to school in this case attend lectures. It’s a wonderful, beautiful feeling I tell you but beware, the freedom can easily be changed into a nightmare if one’s not careful.
I’ve come to the realisation that the University within its small hemisphere is actually what the real life is all about. Within the walls of the university is what’s called survival of the fittest, or should I say survival of the wisest. Fa ga se matshamekwane, one wrong move and that’s the end of you.
We are a mixture of different characters, different behaviors and most importantly different values and goals. Some are here to excel in our studies while some are here to have fun and enjoy what’s called freedom. The scary thing is that we are all under the same roof in the same environment, I mean you don’t know the intentions of your neighbour yet you are expected to be friends.
You see this is why parents become nervous when their children come to the university, they know that we are all raised differently. One’s child can come here as an intelligent determined girl/boy but come out as a no good human being or by the grace of God, vice verse. Ke mo go tweng ba tshwara lela ka teaspoon, and hope for the best.
I believe the only way for one to come out of the university as a champion is to first look and study where they come from, meaning your background and of course your values. If one understands how they were raised and what’s expected of them and most importantly carry on with the morals they were brought up with, then they will succeed. I know that we as young people are intimidated with what others have, we also have a lot of jealousy, which is sad really, but hey I guess its human.
I have indeed noticed that there is a lot of competition going on in the university; who has the best clothes, the best phone, the best hairstyle, the best everything. The sad thing is that a lot of young people change because of wanting to be amongst the best.
Just a little word of advise to my fellow first years, don’t try and be someone you are not, be yourself and you’ll see life will be much kinder to you. Remember being you is the best you can be.