Many freshers may not be too familiar with what a students’ week means as many have not had such encounter. In Niger Delta University (NDU), since 2018 when students’ unionism was banned, there hasn’t been students’ week in the university. Hence, some graduates and many current students even up till present finalists may not know how students’ week looks like.

In this material, we shall explain how students’ week looks like and how it feels like to be part of a student week activities.

What is a Students’ Week?

A students’ week is a period of activities where classes are on hold and students engage in various religious, economic, social, media, entertainment, sports, etc. activities. During the students’ week period, classes do not take place and students have the free will to use the week as they want.

Participation is by choice. Some students can decide to go home and relax or engage in home work while many stay back to enjoy the week as activities roll by.

How Long Does the Students Week Last?

As the name imply, the students’ week last for just one week. It starts from Monday and last through Saturdays with some religious activities lasting through Sundays. From Monday the next week, school activities returns to normal.

Who Organizes the Students Week?

The Students Union Government (SUG) is responsible for organizing the students’ week. The SUG plans and reels out activities for the week.

What are the Activities Found in Students Week?

Each school have their agenda for the day. Although there are more activities with similarities, there are also differences between what takes in various institutions depending on existing practices, beliefs and local activities in such institution.

The major activities of a students’ week are rag day, cultural day, jean carnival, old school day, sports, etc.

Sample of a Students’ Week Activities

Day 1 – Monday: Fasting and prayer

Day 2 – Tuesday: Jean Carnival

Day 3 – Wednesday: Sports

Day 4 – Thursday: /old school day

Day 5 – Friday: Rag day, pageantry/award night

Day 6 – Saturday: Cultural day

Day 7 – Sunday: Thanksgiving service

When is Students’ Week Held?

Students’ week are often held in mid-second semesters. There is no specified time or month but whenever the time comes, the students’ body decide on when it should hold. The students’ body in alliance with the university management decide when it is held.

Is Payment Involved in Students’ Week?

There are no known payments/charges involved in participating in a students’ week unless you are engaging in an activity during the week and you are asked to make a payment for a purchase/role. For instance, those engaging in pageantry will surely buy the form. Otherwise, there are no compulsory, statutory payments.

How Does The Students’ Week Looks Like?

Just as matriculation day looks scattered, that is how students’ week looks scattered and uncoordinated with students moving here and there for various activities especially on old school day and rag day.

On rag day, students dress abnormal with many looking like crazy people and asking for assistance in town. It is funny though. They move around cities and neighbourhoods with little cans asking for help. Take note that participating in a rag day does not mean you are poor. It is a normal non-academic activity.

On old school day, students dress like primary/secondary school students and teachers and engage in various acting activities. It actually looks nice though. The week is indeed an activity filled week to say the least.

On cultural day, all unions organize cultural activities and hire canopies, cook local delicacies, wear local attires and parade around campus entertaining members of the university and local community. It is a day to showcase local culture as it is done back at home and people get to be familiarized with far and wide cultures.

So now, I believe this material has helped you understand and gotten idea about how the students’ week looks like. Let us anticipate the next students’ week and I hope you will be part of it.

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