The mention of cultism in school send shivers into the spine of candidates, students and parents who often wonders what could become of them/their wards whence they gain admission. But don’t worry. Cultism in the university is sometimes a function of your personality. It can totally be avoided if you focus on the purpose of your going to the university.
So, let us checkout what you can do as a student and as a parent to ensure you stay away from cultism once you are in the university.
Once admissions have started, business persons like us at the A & U Ng starts looking out for newly admitted students to process their clearance in our office. It is indeed a business period. It is the same thing with cultists. This is the time to quickly get new members.
This period, there are those who even willingly want to continue their cult life at him in the school, so the beginning of the session becomes a very fine period to initiate new members. The first way they identify you is by your appearance. How rugged are you looking? Are you wearing dog chains, thorn jeans, rugged hairstyle, a male wearing ear rings, etc?
You may just be attracting what you do not really like. Students who had complained to me about cultist disturbing them to join their activities are in themselves looking rough and dressing like cultists. Ensure that your appearance looks like Jesus younger brother.
2. Your Friend Circle:
No matter how you hate cult activities, if you are moving with cultists or bad friends, that would be a quick way to become one. Screen your friends very well. All those new university friends trying to help you, showing you around, behaving like they like you and that they mean no harm; some of them are cultists, gays and lesbians. Try to find your way around by yourself without any suspicious self-imposed friends taking you around.
3. Choose God:
Christianity is a veritable tool for living a decent life in society in general. If you look like someone who choose God, any friend approaching you with harmful intents will slow down because they already know your type and you are not their target.
4. Do Not Show How Wealthy Your Parents Are:
Coming to the university in the first place, it is difficult to hide yourself. You want to tell people you are the new sheriff in town, the next beautiful thing there is; all eyes on me. But then, cultists need rich members to fund their activities. “You go pay tire”. So if you can, hide your wealth if you/your parents are rich.
5. Get Accommodation in Less Troubled Area:
The house agents or resource persons in the school community can provide you with information concerning the places that are cultists infested and areas that are peaceful. This is very important to often stay out of their radar.
6. Clubs and Parties (Especially at Night):
You will do yourself a greater good if you don’t go clubbing. It hides you from the attention of many bad companies. You know you are very cute and you are going to places that will attract more attention. As a guy, as you begin to buy more beers than others, they know this guy has money. You will attract unnecessary friends. If you care about your studies, avoid clubs and parties and have peace of mind
7. Late Night Class:
In the Volume III of the A & U Ng Admission Guide, it is recommended that night classes (TDB) is very important for newly admitted students. But while doing that, ensure you remain with your reading partners or ensure you remain in the class reading. Do not deviate. It can also be a channel for late night discussions and initiations. A friend of mine who was very serious with his books then and went to a night class was from the class invited to a night December party. He came back home drugged and couldn’t compose himself for two days as he was already talking like a mad man.
8. Avoid Wearing Colours Associated with Cults:
You may have known that some cults have colours. You may unintentionally wear something that identifies you as a member of a cult and you may be accosted. Please try to identify cult colour mix and avoid them.
9. Avoid unnecessary Confrontation:
If graduating with a good score is your goal, then you already knew that confrontation does not give higher grades. Apologizing to keep issues away does not really mean you are weak or a fool.
10. Do Not Look Vulnerable:
You can also be a victim of forceful cult initiations or attack if you look too vulnerable. Be quick to report to the Police or school management despite their threats. Try to be smart in addressing the issue, do not confront them but if situation demands, depending on your instant judgement, you can try if standing up is a solution, otherwise, try avoidance.
11. Give Your Studies All The Attention:
Immediately you make your studies the centre of your purpose in school, you will defeat many challenges even outside cult troubles. You will keep away bad friends; you won’t go clubbing and attending all the birthday parties around, you will be reading your books in all spare hours, etc. The benefits that come with being serious with your books in school surpasses just having high scores. You also have peace of mind because being serious with books brings no harm.
12. Utilize Your Exuberance Properly:
As a newly admitted student, you have a very strong energy. Your excitement, the cheerfulness your ebullience, put them together, you may be overwhelmed into activities that takes you away from your course. A medical student was apologizing to me one day for her failing MBBS. I really believed in her as a brilliant student. She said “I let my exuberance overtook me”. Try to manage that exuberance, otherwise, it may be too late before you know it, especially to our beautiful ladies.
13. Attend Your Church Programmes That Does Not Breach Your Academic Work:
I often write against excess church activities in school as many students will prefer to attend church activities every week at the expense of their classes. However, it is very important to hold your church programmes well in a way that it does not affect your classes. The cultists are not a friend of the church.
The totality of what you can do to avoid cult problems cannot be exhausted. As the bearer, you will also be able to find your way once you are in the situation. If threatened, ensure to report to management or Police immediately. You can also report to persons you believe can handle the situation for you without causing more troubles.
As you study to bag your degree, we wish you all the best.