1. Go on a date

Go on a date with someone you would normally say no to – give them a chance. Who knows? He/she might just be your partner for life! Try it, at least before you graduate.

  1. Miss an exam

I’ve personally never missed an exam, but I’ve heard the rush of adrenaline and grief that one experiences, as one slowly begins to realize the absolute nature of failure is something not to be missed.

  1. Run from the police: 

Never again in your life will you be in the physical condition required to outrun even the most fit of police officers. Your parents may caution you against such brass displays of rebellion; however, such is the nature of youth. As Thoreau wrote in his treatise Civil Disobedience, “If the government requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.” Just ask any UoN student.

  1. Befriend a professor:

Preferably an old professor with a penchant for weird, useless facts. Not only will this lead to interesting conversations, but also you’ll likely glean knowledge essential to all the social gatherings you’ll be attending post-graduation.


  1. Learn how to cook:

After you graduate, you probably won’t have a lot of money, and in today’s economy, your parents can’t afford to support your pizza addiction. Learning how to cook can be a valuable asset moving forward, both socially and financially.

  1. Learn random skills:

I sincerely doubt that a base knowledge in bio-anthropology is something I will ever use professionally. However, it’s pretty interesting and will help generate interesting conversation when you’re working the crowd at an interview or social event.

  1. Philosophize

The ideas you generate in your youth will come to define your future self. Or they’ll make you seem completely oblivious to the harsh realities of the real world. Either way, you get a free pass because you’re young and are completely unfamiliar with how banal adulthood can really be.

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  1. Occupy something for an extended period of time:

Sleeping in until 4:00 p.m. after a heavy night of partying, thinking, never again will I stay in bed all day. However, in the real world, it’s called being a deadbeat, not a hero.

  1. Graduate:

Self-explanatory. Your parents paid through the tooth to send you through four years of undergrad, and while you may see these years as an excuse to party, fight and get up to no good, at the end of the day you’re there to learn. Have fun, explore your interests and be youthful, but remember that campus is only four years of your life and you still have decades of living yet to do.

 Ajossie McOtieno