Overnight in Unilag
It is as an activity in which a student sets aside to read for the duration of night-time, usually from 10pm to 5am.
Overnight is the name adopted by Unilag Students for night reading while other tertiary institutions like Ahmadu Bello adopts TBD meaning, TILL DAY BREAK.
In UNILAG, overnight has been engrained on the minds of students as necessary for our academic success. It’s even so rampant now that if discovered you don’t go for overnight you’ll be looked at by other colleagues as being “unserious”. But is this true?
Lets First look at the most common reasons why most of us do overnight;
Everyone does it
Everyone says u should u to do it.
Your friends compel u to come.
Inability to maximize our day.
Guilt; because we waste our day we then use overnight to “purge” our conscience.
Finish assignments, projects or tests due soon or the next day.
Study for the purpose of understanding.
Looking at the reasons we do overnight, we can individually answer the question that “Is My Overnight Worth It?” & “Should i really be doing overnight when I could be making the most of my day”.
If you fall in the category of No.1-3, then sadly, you might be among the people that take overnight as “Owambe” (ask a yoruba person beside you for the meaning)… You go to feel “among” for just for the fun of it with no goal at hand and with many distractions (your friends etc.) and so what u have is 5-6 hours WASTED meanwhile u could have rested well and maximized your daytime.
If you are in the category of No. 4-6 then what your solution should be to learn how to maximize your day and not going for overnight because if you go for to overnight as d solution theppcreate a cycle of always using overnight as your solution and the cycle looks like this
Goes for overnight, comes back, Sleeps and feels drowsy alot during the day, wastes the day, goes for overnight to “purge” conscience…and cycle continues.
This cycle occurs because YOU CANNOT CHEAT NATURE. You denied your body sleep in the night so your body takes it back forcefully during the day.
If you fall between No. 7-8 then you are very okay, to go for overnight but you must also consider one thing, “Do I assimilate better in the day or night?”
If day is your “thang”, then you can switch over to day reading, as this would yield more effective studying for you. But you can still be going for overnight once in a while, if you wish to.
With this considered, another important thing you must take note off is your focus as the night-time has more “enemies of focus” than daytime.
It’s not that overnight is bad, it’s just that it has a higher possibility of being wasted than day time. So you have to make sure you are seriously focused on the work you have set out to do.