You have undoubtedly worked hard to submit your university application and passed your JAMB as well as your post UTME examinations. It’s been a while now since you’ve been waiting for an admission list. For the next few weeks, you may have the anxiety of waiting as matriculation/orientation time gets closer.
It’s a dream you’ve had for a while and you’re finally closer to making it happen. It may seem like an easy process making the admission list but you’ve put in so much studying time and feeling the stress of going through the examination process. It’s normal to feel a little nervous and stressed before you know your admission status. As the days go by, unlike your peers whose names were published on the first batch admissions list, you are yet to receive any news of possible admission. Your admission is being delayed.
It’s easy to become an application-status stalker as you count down the days until you know if you are accepted or rejected. This waiting period can also be put to effective use. A little guidance about what to do can help you manage the situation. So until the university admission list is out with your names boldly written, here are some answers to what you can do differently.
Make enquiry of your admissions status
You should call the admissions office to double check. “Each year, you get people who applied for admissions when admissions are open but waited to call us after the admissions are already closed, to ask if they have been admitted or rejected, and only to find out that they didn’t pass the internal examinations or we never even received their applications in the first place,” says Mr. Kelechi.
Have a backup plan
The university admissions process is a curious game filled with anxiety and unpredictable outcomes. Every year in Nigeria, thousands of students find themselves faced with the seemingly unthinkable: getting rejected from every school to which they have applied. You shouldn’t wait to find yourself in this unfortunate situation after your university application. Have a second and third option for your admission. You can also see if a particular school is open to an appeal process, consider a diploma or seek out schools with late and/or open admissions.
Get your mind engaged in productive activities & pray
While waiting admissions, there are other productive activities you can do to keep a positive spirit. Jobs not only bring in extra money, but they also teach you important lessons in responsibility and give you experience for the future. Having a job can be extremely rewarding during the waiting period. You can also use the time to learn a new skill – using the internet or learning a new trade like sewing, baking, etc. You’ll feel more independent (and maybe a lot better while you wait for the admission to come through).
Best of Luck!