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I GRADUATED.

School is “just school” until you really think about everything that comes with it. I don’t know how I’m supposed to put four whole years in a blog post but I’m going to try.

100 LEVEL

When I started Uni Four years ago, I was pretty naive. I was introduced into this whole new world that was different from the sheltered life I was used to and despite all the experience I thought I had gathered from attending a boarding school, it didn’t even come close. I mean, I was now a big girl. Cooking my meals, planning my expenses, deciding where to go and when to come back home (tho’ Faith, my roommate who was in 300 level was there to ensure that I behaved).

My very first day in 100 level 💜

I had everything figured out. I was so sure – Go to school, make friends, graduate with a first class degree in Mass Communication and be the coolest girl in my department but it wasn’t that simple. I hadn’t even learned how to cook stew properly. 100 level was easy tho’. I met really cool people (some of whom I’m still friends with) and I aced my exams. Nobody told me that you don’t really count your 100 level experience as part of it because in 100 level, school goes easy on you especially since you’re still learning the ropes. The real struggle started from 200 level and let’s just say that I wasn’t prepared at all.

200 LEVEL

In 200 level, I changed my place of residence and I got another roommate (hi, Julie 💜). I had my best and worst moments in 200 level, 2018. 200 level first semester was pretty difficult. I went through a lot emotionally. It was so bad that it affected school work. I remember checking my result and bursting into tears. Two carryover courses in my first semester? Is this how I was going to attain a First class degree? I was down and I didn’t know how to handle it at first but eventually, I had to get a grip on myself and accept what had happened. My second semester result was much better and I had begun to understand how school worked – CAs are very important. Don’t take Continuous assessments for granted and if you don’t read, you will fail. Period.

200 level 💜

In 200 level, I started exploring relationships. My eyes have seen thingsss 😂. It’s safe to say that I’ve been in 4 relationships & 3 situationships (hey, don’t judge me. I didn’t even add my acquaintances). I’m going to stop here because my parents are reading this but if you want deets, send me a mail 😉. At the end of 200 level, I was in tune with how school worked and I had stopped rushing home at every given opportunity. I was ready to explore.

300 LEVEL

I aced my carry over courses and I never had any issues of the sort ever again. I had learned to balance school, social life, church and every other thing together. I had a clear picture of what I wanted my life to look like and the kinds of persons I wanted to be friends with. My dad always says “choose your friends. Don’t let them choose you”. So, I had to be friends with those people that added value to my life. 300 level was a breeze. It was more of work than fun because we were adjusting to this new curriculum that had us doing 10 and 11 courses in first and second semesters respectively and then there was my Internship.

300 level 💜

I lost a lot of weight in 300 level and I haven’t gained it back till now but I guess I’ll have the time to do that. I learned to be strong in 300 level because I realized that nobody will take care of you except you.

Internship 💜

400 LEVEL

I decided that my final lap was when I was going to enjoy all the things I hadn’t enjoyed in my first three years so I decided that I wasn’t going to stress myself at all. I turned 21 and I was made the Welfare Director of the students in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Everything was smooth until the pandemic. I would have graduated in June if 2020 didn’t turn out this way but God is great and I’m still part of the class of 2020.

400 level first semester 💜

My project was quite stressful but easy at the same time because I had an idea of what I wanted my research to be about. RUONAAHSCULTURE was a huge inspiration for my project so thank you for encouraging me to keep writing.

My research 💜
Thank you 💜

When school reopened after the pandemic, we had just one month to learn and two weeks for exams so I didn’t have a proper second semester but we still managed to do our final year activities. Pictures below:

Day one – Jersey day 💜
Day two – Ankara day 💜
Day three – Sign out day 💜
Day four – Graduation 💜

I’m proud of how far I’ve come. I can boldly say that I passed through school and school passed through me but I won’t lie and say that everything was perfect because there are some things I wish I could change but I guess everything is part of the experience. It’s amazing that I can laugh about those things I cried about. I’m grateful for my wins and losses, my blacks and whites with numerous grey areas between them and I’m grateful for all my friendships because they’ve made me the person I am today. I’m grateful for my family, for Faithy, Dafe, Benny, Kika, Juliet Juveris, Jomafuwe, Rowland, Henry Dikadi, Efe Christy, Lekan, Emillions, Divine Vibe, Bawo, Desmilano, Oreva, Gaga, (every single person in Ose’s Place that treated me as their sister), Nancy, Kingsley, Sofiaa, Halima, Padoraa, Chidinma, Ruth, Flat tummied Jessica and Dark Jessica, Constance, Princewill, Ufuoma, Awele, Friday, Vivian, Becky, Juliet, (all the people in Mass Communication department that were good to me), Tegaski, Jeff, Tansi, Kind, Davies, Book of June, Kayla, Lawrence, Omo, Graham, Ebube, Winifred, Rute, (every medical student that supported me in one way or another and made me a medical student by association), Ugo, Enifome, Paschal, Chukwudi, Catherine, Rukkie, Malik, Freda, Joan, all my friends at RCF, and every other person that I have memories with. Thank you so much. I love you guys.

Why are there tears in my eyes???! Writing this wasn’t easy. I’m already emotional so I’ll stop here. This is the best I could do with four years on this blog post. I can’t wait to share the next phase of my life with you.

Love,

‘Ruona (the graduate). ❤️

P.S: Merry Christmas in advance!! Do you like the new decor? RUONAAHSCULTURE is feeling festive already.

Graduates, come forward. The rest, read your books 😂

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My Mum Misses Me 💜

Since I gained admission into the university, this is the first time I’m staying back at school and not traveling home for the holidays. This is a change in my routine and although I miss home, I really like it here ‘cos I’m just chilling and doing nothing except working on my project ‘cos it’s the main reason I stayed behind in the first place. Honestly when it comes to chilling in your own space with food, electricity, data and movies, there is no argument that it’s a safe space and with the stress of exams, it’s exactly what I needed. The only disadvantage right now is that the guys in my lodge have managed to successfully convince me to become their cook. 😂 It’s all part of the fun anyways.

Pree the fine girl 😌💜

Currently listening to Nobody by Dj Neptune, Joeboy and Mr. Eazi. Update your playlist dears.

Now, where was I? Okay I was talking about the holidays. When you’re in 100 level, there’s every tendency that you’ll be rushing to go home after exams (and honestly, when you eventually get used to the school system, you’ll be wondering what used to chase you to the house). Don’t get me wrong tho’, there’s no place like home and most times, we tend to miss our family but as we get older, we gradually begin to become independent hence our reluctance to rush home immediately after exams.

I’m not in 100 level anymore.

My mum misses me. She told me to come home and honestly I’d have gone but I have so much work to do and the holiday is pretty short so I just decided to stay back and be useful to myself. I miss you too mummy, I’m coming. The perks of having cool parents like I have is that they understand my reasons for making some decisions and they totally support me except they feel like there’s a better option. Some of my friends were surprised that I stayed back and some of them were like “their family will not hear of it”. 😂 I don’t exactly blame those families because some of us actually need to be threatened before we go back home. Others are begged to come home while others are handed an ultimatum: “I want to see you at home by Friday” and who are you to say you’re not going home? 😂

I’m not trying to snitch on anyone 🌚 especially not myself but we know that most of us that don’t go home during holidays don’t go home for other reasons that are not school related 🌚🌚🌚. I’m stopping here abeg 😂😂😂 All I’m going to say is that you should be good. That’s all. That’s all oh. End of story.

Moving on, my birthday is exactly a week from today and I don dey old 😫😂. I was beginning to feel like I did last year when I was scared about entering my 20s because I was basically IN BETWEEN choices and feeling like I hadn’t achieved enough but then I told myself that if I was able to survive this past year, I’d survive anything. I was listening to Hillsong’s 2013 album, We are Young and Free yesterday and I could relate to most of the lyrics of the song and I realized how faithful God has been.

Hair, Makeup & Photography by Padora Morr

I had a makeover today, guys. If you know me, you’ll know how much I love makeup but you won’t catch me on it because I honestly cannot draw perfect brows or do anything makeup related so you only see me like this once in three or four months. This particular makeover is a birthday present from my friend and course mate, Padora Morr. You can check her Instagram here. She was so nice and she entertained all my gists. She also kept saying “dooh girl”. She basically turned me into a princess!

One more 💜

These were supposed to be pre-birthday pictures but they leaked already because my friends can’t be trusted smh. I’m dreading the ugly pictures they’re going to upload on my special day 😫

I just realized that I didn’t say a proper hello when I started and I’m sorry. I really hope you’re good ‘cos I’m doing great. I told you I was going to be back to remind you about my birthday and that’s exactly what I came to do. Now, I’m going to make myself useful. Till next time, everyone.

Love,

‘Ruona ❤️

P.S:

What are your thoughts about going home immediately after exams?

What methods do/did your parents use to get you to come back home?

What do you think about my makeover pictures?

Are my birthday presents intact?

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