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Things I wish I knew in campus

Campus is the place to establish yourself for the outside world. Get your priorities right and start your career building while in campus

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Joining a university comes with so much joy and anticipation. It is such an exciting time in your life, and one where not only do you learn a great deal about the world, but about yourself too. The following are some of the crucial things I wish I knew and took advantage of while in campus.

  • Eliminate Toxic People 

This is important, surround yourself with people who think alike. Those friends who share your interests and ambitions, and who support you through the ups and downs and plateaus in your life.

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  • Take Care of Yourself  

This is both physical and mental health. You can do this by getting into a health and fitness regimen while you are at school. Make sure you’re exercising regularly and eating mindfully; it will help sharpen your focus and build your self-confidence.

  • Focus on Self-Confidence 

Accomplishments bring self-confidence so make sure you do well in school, invest in the things that interest you and gain skills in them. You are able to be more decisive and thoughtful, enabling you to make more informed decisions regarding activities and people.

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  • Seek for Jobs and Internships Now 

You won’t know until you have spent time working in an industry if you will want to work in it after you graduate. Apply for an internship or job in a field you’re interested in while you’re still in school. Start working early on and get as much experience as you can. If you can have work experience before graduation, you will be extremely well positioned to have a job waiting for you upon graduation.

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  • Protect Your grades 

The higher your Grade Point Average(GPA), the more options you will have in the future. Many top companies will filter applications by GPA, so don’t get yourself eliminated for something that is in your control. You limit your future options by neglecting it. Make school the priority, study hard, work hard, build relationships with your professors and maintain a good GPA, you will not regret it.

  • Take That Random Class That Interests You 

If you have no idea what you think you’d like to do, take a class that interests you (especially if it has an excellent professor). You never know where it will lead, and at the very least it may simply be a class you enjoy. This is your time to explore new subjects. Seize the opportunity.

  • Manage Screen Time 

Oh my! The number of movies one can consume while in campus! You know what am talking about. Do not sacrifice your social skills and ability to get along with people. Invest time in developing your social skills, and your ability to get along and work with people from all different backgrounds and areas of study

  • Put Time into Thinking About the Direction You Want to Go 

The sooner you know what you want to do for work, the better position you are in professionally. The students who make connections and get internships early on are the ones who will most likely have entry-level jobs from the company of their choice when they graduate, because they were four years ahead of everyone else.

Black Students Are 50% More Likely To Drop Out Of University, Claims New  Report | HuffPost UK
  • Reach Out to People in The Industry You Want to Be In 

Figure out which industry intrigues you and cold email people you admire, beginning with alumni (if there are any) and professionals who are geographically close to you, and ending with your dream company and idol; ask them if you can buy them a cup of coffee for 15 minutes of their time.

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4 things we need to normalise before the end of 2021!

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A lot has been said about some of these things but it is time we shed them off. Most of these things are not cast on stones but are deeply rooted in us.  Let us work towards normalising them.

1. Clubbing in sneakers for ladies

After a tough week of hustling, adulting, and paying bills, the weekend is here and you need to loosen up, go clubbing, and have fun. Question is, does it always have to be in heels? You probably already use your heels during workdays. Ditch them and go for something comfier.

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2. Male grooming

For the longest time, we have been uptight when we see men getting serious about their grooming. It is about time we do away with the labeling of well-groomed men.

And for the men, getting a pedicure and using face masks does not make you any less of a man.

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3. Calling out rogue service providers

It is about time we put an end to staying quiet whenever any service provider treats us awfully. Routine is simple- let them know you don’t like how they are treating you and if need be, contact the customer care office.

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4. Commercialising our passions

We don’t really need white-collar jobs to get things going. With the current unemployment situation in the country, the least you can do is find something to put food on your table. Commercialise that passion.

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COVID-19 and your mental health

One and a half years down the line, the world is still battling COVID-19.

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The pandemic has devasted a lot of people especially young adults, some have lost their loved ones while others have lost their jobs. As a result, most of us experience loneliness, anxiety, depression, stress, and also nervous breakdowns.

As devastating as COVID-19 has been, the issue of its effects on mental health may last longer than the disease itself and that is why it’s important to learn self-care strategies and get the care you need to cope.

Below are some of the self-care strategy tips that can help improve your mental health.

Take care of your body both Mental/Emotional and Spiritual health

This is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his/her potential while navigating the stresses and difficulties of life.

You need to remain calm and focused while working things out with respect and unconditional intent to find a solution. Ultimately your personal character; personal strength and courage will evolve. Attaining this requires you to make healthy choices in terms of your nutrition, relationships, social contact, work, and leisure activities.

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Avoid peer pressure to taking drugs.

Peer pressure! We all go through it in our lives, sometimes it has positive impacts. However, if you’re a victim of negative peer pressure it can have a negative impact on your mental health during this time of the pandemic.

Be very particular about the peers you have; just have those who fit well in your ideal thinking about career options, hobbies, and interests.

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Limit screen time and take time to relax and recharge.

Set aside time for yourself. Even a few minutes of quiet time can be refreshing and help to quiet your mind and reduce anxiety. Many people benefit from practices such as deep breathing, yoga, and meditation. Listen to music or podcasts, read a book, or go out with your friends while following the preventive measures for COVID-19. Just do something that will help you relax.

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How to use Zoom like a pro

Working from home has become the new normal after, well, Covid. All we need to do is embrace it and use it to our advantage.

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Almost everything is held virtually, and this goes for conferences, meetings and seminars too. This doesn’t have to stop you from acing that presentation or interview because applications like Zoom came through for such moments. Now having Zoom is one thing, but knowing how to use its features like a pro is the key to unlocking successful calls.

Screen-sharing

This feature is a great plus for your presentations. You get to share with other members in the call a PowerPoint you created, or a document and even videos. Some have watched a full movie during those virtual parties thanks to this feature right here.

You can access it by clicking the Share screen icon in the toolbar at the bottom of the meeting screen. Now take note that once you click this option, everyone in the call can see what you are sharing. So mute those notifications, clear your tabs, and you are good to go.

How to Share a Screen on Zoom

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Recording

Recently, I conducted a virtual interview for an article I was writing on sexual health advocacy. Recording the whole call came in handy during the writing process for references and quotations. Just like we take records of important events and meetings, Zoom also allows you to do this and have an archive to get back to. On top of the call screen, there’s a recording button which you can click on to save the whole meeting to your device.

Background

If you have to get on a quick call but is worried about your physical background, you can virtually transport yourself to a background of your choice! It could be in space, the beach, an office, and many other options which Zoom avails to its participants.

Simply go to setting, click on Virtual background, and select or upload a background of your choice. Companies have also customized backgrounds to fit that of their company logo which makes it have a more professional look.

How to change your Zoom background | Tom's Guide

Breakout rooms

You can create breakout rooms within a call to create smaller group discussions. For example, if the whole office is in call, each department can have their own rooms to discuss an agenda then get back to the main room for pitches or feedback. Alternatively, this feature is perfect for game nights where the call members each have a team. It brings out the competitiveness and teamwork, making the games successful.

As the meeting host, you can start a breakout room by clicking Account management then Account settings. Under the Meeting tab, click Breakout Room. From there, you can assign participants to their respective rooms.

Beauty filter

If you thought beauty filter was on Instagram and Snapchat only, you thought wrong. Zoom has it too! This is perfect for the days you just need a little touch up to bring out that virtual glow. The ‘Touch Up My Appearance’ feature can be found on the settings button, under video settings. Just like any other beauty filter, it makes your appearance look smooth, and dewy for your calls.

 

 

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