Season 1, Episode 2: Fitting in
My sister always told me, ‘school life is a gamble, not everything you see is real, and to survive, especially in a course like law, you need God, a strong mind, hardwork, and friends to keep you sane’.
It was the third week of school and I had gradually began to get used to the routine. I was getting used to waking up considerably early to bathe, and then dressing up and leaving my room only to return at night. I was getting used to camping for seats and pushing my way to get a front seat. I was also getting used to open bathrooms, ‘man-on-floor’ chants, keeping spaces in the kitchenettes, occasional blackouts and being independent. I had begun to attend a tutorial with my friends. Together, we would go from class to tutorials and back to our hostel. Life was pretty sane.
I was also getting used to alternating regulation dress(we have to put on white and black whenever we have law classes), with normal clothes, and rushing from one lecture theatre to the other. I was also getting used to hearing snarky comments. You weren’t supposed to be able to complain about stress because you were ‘just a fresher’, and any act of sluggishness is pardoned because you were ‘just a fresher’. I felt bullied by this statement and vowed never to be that staylite that bullied the freshers.
The first thing that struck me was that it seemed like everyone was trying to invite me to one fellowship or the other. I had heard a lot of rumours about the prestigious university of Lagos, and how the students were known for unmentionable acts, and I had received advice and preaching on how to ‘be the shinning light in all that darkness’. It was amusing because I had heard a lot of ‘jist’ about how school life was so bad and dangerous, and how only the tough could survive, and how you needed to ‘hold your God’ because everyone would always try to invite you to a party or to a bar to drink. So far, no one had approached me to invite me to a party, but I had gotten more and more invites to a church or fellowship as the days passed. I pushed all those thoughts at the back of my head the day it was announced that our freshers orientation was coming up. I was excited.