Managing As A Nigerian Student In These Trying Times

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Things are getting tougher as the days go by. The country’s economy is really bad and things are very expensive. But it’s okay, as things will get better one day (as the TikTok song says, “God will help us”).

Okay, while we’re waiting for things to get better in the country we need to manage (emphasis on the managing). As a student, it’s not easy to manage at all, especially with those good shawarma, suya, ice cream, pizza and popcorn spots. Yep, very hard indeed!

This is because how can one survive without those delicious goodies? But chill, what if I told you that there are ways to manage and still enjoy all those goodies as a student, interested aren’t you? Well, let’s get started

Pocket money may have reduced a little but your appetite hasn’t reduced and I get it! Times can be tough, but there are things you can do to navigate through hard times as a student and still enjoy the things you love.

1. Seek support:

Reach out to friends, family, or mentors for emotional and sometimes financial support. Please if your parents are the type that doesn’t support it then don’t do it. Most Nigerian parents don’t like their kids calling their siblings to ask for money, don’t call your aunts and uncles to ask for money if your parents don’t like it.

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You can call your older siblings or even close cousins instead (they won’t rat you out). Always remember that your older siblings and cousins also have expenses to cover so ask for money wisely. Plus, see finish exists and we most definitely don’t want that.

2. Stay organized:

Create a schedule or to-do list to help you keep track of your expenses in school. At the beginning of the semester, spend your money on important things only. Cut all the irrelevant spending and keep the extra money for end-of-the-semester doings (the best time to enjoy those goodies without any academic guilt). Stay on top of your finances and manage your money effectively.

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3. Utilise resources:

Take advantage of resources available to you, such as academic support services, financial aid, or counselling services.

4. Budget wisely:

Save o! Save. Yes, the end of the semester is time to chill and ball. But you still have another semester coming, and you shouldn’t spend the entire money.  The money saved may save you the next semester so keep track of your expenses and create a budget to manage your finances. Look for ways to save money and prioritise your needs.

5. Stay motivated:

Set goals and remind yourself of your long-term enjoyment and aspirations that await you. Having a clear vision can help you stay motivated during challenging times. Challenging times will come, especially when your friend start shoving shawarma in your face. Then you ‘ll start wondering if you’re on the right track. You are o! Allow Chiamaka to enjoy, it’s her time, yours is coming.

6. Seek growth opportunities:

Look for internships, part-time jobs, or volunteer opportunities that align with your interests and future goals or the course you ‘re studying. Being financially independent helps a lot.

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7. Practice self-care:

Engage in activities that help you relax and recharge, such as exercising, reading, or practising mindfulness. Do anything that keeps your mind away from spending.

8. Prioritise self-care:

Take care of your physical and mental well-being. Get enough sleep, eat well, and make time for activities you enjoy. Resting well helps a lot, it even makes your skin glow.

9.Stay positive:

Remember that managing time is temporary. Keep a positive mindset and know that you’re managing time is only temporal.

You’ve got this! Stay strong on managing policy. It ‘ll be worth it in the end. Don’t forget to call a close friend, cousin or sibling if things get challenging. Talk to your parents when you get tired in school. Nigerian parents listen and care just that they show it so much Naijassador advises you to stand strong.

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