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Advice to Ashesi Freshmen

Hello! If you’re here, you’re probably coming to Ashesi, or considering it, or know someone who is, or you’re just plain curious. Regardless, welcome to my second blog post in my four-part college series aimed at helping freshmen settle comfortably into university. This time, my focus is on incoming freshmen into Ashesi University, (because if you may not have guessed, that’s the school I attend). So, in this post, we have both current and graduated students of Ashesi giving tips and advice on how to settle into Ashesi during your freshman year with some applicable to being on campus (fingers crossed). Let the reading begin!

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Toby

Toby

If you are reading this with genuine curiosity, then you are likely a freshman looking to navigate the Ashesi experience. My number 1 tip is to never take Ashesi opportunities for granted. Invest yourselves in academics but keep an eagle eye out for career emails, competitions, international programs, and all other opportunities. Don’t wait! But more importantly, don’t let people make you wait before grabbing a hold of these opportunities. Go for it and prove to yourself that you’re capable.

Year: Class of 2022
Course: Management Information Systems

Cindy

Selfie of a woman in wavy black hair

Leave all kinds of fears behind you before stepping into Ashesi; especially the fear of failure. Ashesi is full of opportunities and fear will only limit you from reaching your full potential. 

Year: Class of 2023
Course: Business Administration

Aseye

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My journey in first year was bittersweet, but if I could go back in time, one particular thing I’d advise myself is to not let people’s thoughts make me feel less of myself. My advice to you is to know your worth and just work at being better. Utilize what Ashesi has to offer like the writing centre. Trust me, just putting an extra effort can take you from a D to an A. 

Year: Class of 2023
Course: Business Administration

Naa Lamile

Naa Lamile

First, don’t postpone your studying or assignments. Immediately you get them, start sorting them out. You can use a planner to help you organize your day and establish your study habits. Secondly, put yourself out there: sign up for stuff, join clubs, activities, events, etc. Thirdly, if campus reopens, try being on your own to explore the campus to figure out what routes you prefer, where you will take lunch, etc. Lastly, be friendly and open with everyone but that doesn’t mean everyone is your friend.

Year: Class of 2023
Course: Management Information Systems

Erin

Young woman in black beret and bandeau

I wish I had known that it’s okay to be different from people. It’s okay to embrace yourself even if people may find you weird. Personally, I find myself a little bit weird. However, embracing my weird nature helped me find true friends. You is you and don’t compromise the true you for anyone. Remember that it’s okay to make mistakes and learn from them as long as you don’t repeat the things that made you uncomfortable. Most importantly, take advantage of the opportunities Ashesi offers (clubs, career fairs, talks with guest speakers, and many others) and make sure you study real hard. My tip for handling the stress levels that Ashesi can come with is to make a timetable and try to stick with it. Lastly, have fun and make so many memories with those who embrace the true you. Make Mama, Papa and yourself proud! (If you are a fan of soccer, watch out for the Ashesi Football Association)

 

Year: Class of 2022
Course: Business Administration

Maxwell

Maxwell

Hey there, freshman. My first piece of advice would’ve been to “Run!” but you just had to choose an excellent education, didn’t you? Well, since you’re here, I might as well give you my second most important piece of advice: Give a 100% and a bit more. Kill yourself for that A+; Join all the clubs that pique your interest; Make as many friends as you can; Do something you love, for goodness’ sake! You’re young, smart and have all the energy in the world, do not waste it.

Year: Class of 2023
Course: Business Administration

Otchi

Selfie of a man in a car wearing a black shirt and gold chain

First of all, the due date is not the do date, lmao. Try as much as possible to get an early start on your assignments because more assignments will pop out of nowhere and before you know it, you’re drowning in work and crying literal tears in your room. Also, don’t ever be too shy to seek help with work. Always ask for help from friends, faculty, tutors, etc. if you need it. The Ashesi community is a very helpful and kind one and you’ll be surprised how willing people are to help.

Year: Class of 2021
Course: Computer Science

Ewurabena

As a freshman, it’s okay to get excited about freedom (probably the first time you’ve had any), but I’d advise you to make a mental list of your goals and expectations before you get to school because you can’t forget why you’re here. Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, I would advise you to talk and get to know as many different types of people as possible in the first few weeks. Even if you’ll make a best friend in the first day, you’ll understand why at the end of the year. Have as much fun as you can; live in the moment and be adventurous, but rethink your choices when you start to feel uncomfortable or unsafe. Don’t try to impress. Be yourself and don’t make friends with who you think is most “popular.” If you enjoy someone’s company, you’ll have the best time with them. Ashesi stress is not a myth, don’t forget to learn!!

Year: Class of 2022
Course: Management Information Systems

Joseph

Joseph

This is my advice to you: Develop the habit of budgeting and saving. It’s advisable to follow the budget religiously and avoid impulse buying or spending. Also, try to save money weekly or monthly. This would help you have some money to sustain you, especially during the summer breaks when you may not have a source of income. 

Year: Class of 2023
Course: Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Meli

Man taking a selfie

It’s your first year of college and there are high expectations. Then again, you don’t know what to expect at certain points and that’s okay. Your social life is really what you make it and this year is the only time you can hit a 4.0 GPA with ease. It would also really help if you knew how to navigate your way up and down the hill before you get to the hill.
Ps: Ashesi gets cold sometimes

Year: Class of 2020
Course: Mechanical Engineering

Nana Ama

Young woman in a white spaghetti top smiling

This might sound cliché, but ask a lot of questions (i.e to your lecturers, your colleagues, and Faculty Interns) and talk to someone whenever you need help – even emotionally. Luckily in Ashesi, there’s always someone to talk to or help you out. Moreover, do all you can to avoid AJC (Ashesi Judicial Council); it’s just unnecessary stress (just learn to cite). I think the Africana courses makes you knowledgeable, deepen your understanding of social problems and makes you sound smart when networking with potential employers so do listen in class as much as you can. Also, grades are important but the skills you learn are more important. Don’t get too buried in your books; be engaged in school activities. Oh, and take as many pictures around the campus. I regret that I didn’t.

Year: Class of 2020
Course: Management Information Systems

Caleb

Caleb

Here’s an assignment hack I wish I knew in my freshman year. Always start assignments on the day they’re given to you. This helps you to assess the difficulty of the assignment and helps you to prioritise assignments as well so that you can get the easy ones out of the way, as soon as possible. Also, your Faculty Interns are the secret to passing your classes. They’re very helpful and are usually readily available to help you with anything.  

Year: Class of 2021
Course: Computer Science

Dede

Girl infront of plants smiling

University is one of the most unique experiences that any person will go through. It’s a period where you explore and discover, challenge your ideals and make some permanent life decisions. For any freshman starting university this academic year, the rule of thumb that would help with navigating a new space/environment is: “Go with the flow and have an open mind.” You should be ready to learn and unlearn both academically and socially, to see and perhaps experience brand new things, people, and places. One thing that you should always do, however, is to trust your own judgment. Don’t assume anyone knows more or less because we’re all a little confused, especially at this stage. Keep your values/faith because they are the only thing that will keep you sane and rooted. All in all, try to have as much fun as possible but always keep your eyes on the bag.  

Year: Class of 2022
Course: Business Administration

Jadyne

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Be friendly with everyone and always have fun when you have the time. Make sure you sleep when you can and take midday naps between classes. Also make sure that anytime there is a career opportunity, you don’t take it lightly. Lastly, but importantly, save money ooooooo.

Year: Class of 2022
Course: Business Administration

Ariel

Man wearing a green shirt and glasses and braided hair and smiling

DON’T PLAGIARISE! IT’S NOT WORTH IT! DON’T DO IT! JUST DON’T DO IT! Plagiarism is taken VERY seriously in Ashesi and you’ll hear a lot about this, right from day one. The good news is that they will teach you how not to plagiarize and it will become second nature. Also, don’t take your work for granted. Everything you do in the school is graded and one test or assignment can been the difference between passing and failing a whole class. Moreover, in every group, there’s always that one person who doesn’t do their part. Don’t be that person. We don’t like that person. Most importantly, don’t kill yourself, we beg you. Your wellbeing is more important than your grade. Please make it a deliberate point to enjoy yourself as much as you can, whenever you can and put a high value on those moments because no one will do it for you. Finally, CHECK YOUR EMAIL!! If you see an opportunity and it excites you and the only thing stopping you is “but it’s probably not for people like me” or, “I don’t think I have the skill for this,” I beg you, just apply. 

Year: Class of 2020
Course: Computer Science

Mike

Man wearing a hat and flowers around his neck and holding a water gun

Ashesi is a very interesting place. I truly believe there isn’t any place like this. The decision to have an awesome stay here or have a very boring stay here is entirely yours to make. Live your best life on campus. And above everything, be yourself! Everyone can spot fakes from a mile away. 

Year: Class of 2021 
Course: Business Administration

Gillian

Girl smiling broadly and holding a phone in one hand

To someone coming to Ashesi, I’d say that procrastination is very real, lol, but don’t fall prey to it. Try to do your work as soon as you get it rather than waiting till the due date; it will save you a lot of time and give you an opportunity to review it. Work and having fun should be done regularly. School is stressful but it’s way easier when you have fun a little and work too. When you get reading assignments and practice work, do it oooo. I recently realized that it’s a way of preparing for exams during the semester. Last of all, enjoy yourself and take advantages of the opportunities Ashesi gives you. You won’t get them anywhere else in Ghana. 

Year: Class of 2023
Course: Business Administration

*Views expressed here are solely that of the persons and do not reflect the views of the blogger, Ayeyi Ohene-Adu*

To read the first post in this series, titled, “One Thing I wish I knew before I went to Uni”, where 19 students schooling in across 7 countries speak on their uni experiences, please click here

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