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The Life Of A Typical Class Rep In Nigeria by Firstboi01(m): 1:45pm On Nov 05, 2016
Good day nairalanders. I presume you're enjoying your weekend. Sorry for the long silence though, have not been able to make any posts for this long. Been preoccupied with some sh!t ni.
Finally tho', today, I decided to flex my writing skills and I came up with this one. Its not a meme post as usual o. Lol. I'll title it "THE DIARY OF A CLASS REP". It depicts the life as a typical class rep in a Nigerian higher institution of learning.

Majority of us here on nairaland I'm sure, are currently in, or have passed through Tertiary institutions here in Nigeria. So I'm positive you're not ignorant of the fact that there used to be that one guy (and in some rare cases, a lady) called CLASS REP. I being one myself, sought to write this post as an attempt to atleast give you an insight to how life is, as a class rep. What is it all about? You'll find out.

And.... if you're a class rep also and reading this, (bro see my hand), weldone! Gbààyì! Your actual reward is in heaven. Not whatever change they may be giving you (that's even if you're been given any). You actually deserve more. This post was meant to serve more or less of a guide to you.

Enough of the talking, read on:


1. You'll have to contend with those people who don't like you.
Of course for you to be at the leading position and head of class, there sure must be a number of your class members who won't like you for one reason or the other. While some would naturally dislike you for no particular reason, others because they wish to be in your position. So expect to meet stiff opposition. They might not want to challenge you openly or directly, but there's that attitude they'll always exhibit. And if you're smart enough, you should be able to deduce and manage them accordingly.

2. You must have an answer to every question.
As the leader, of course its one of your inbound duties to always be there to provide answers and solutions to whatever issues that may arise which concerns the class generally. All though, this can be really difficult especially when you're dealing with a class with a high population. The higher the number of people in class, the bigger your responsibility.

3. ...And you must learn to tolerate the stupid questions too
In as much as its your responsibility to have the right answers to questions, some class members go out of context most atimes by asking stupid or unnecessary questions. This makes the work even more difficult for the Class Rep. They'll throw questions at you like: "Class rep, abeg when school dey vacate?" (when the school calendar is boldy pasted on notice boards or available on the school website), or "Class rep, exam go still start next week shey?" (If the timetable has been adjusted, wouldn't you have heard about it?).. Worse still, some would want to ask the really annoying questions like: "Class Rep, who be your babe na?" (Guy.. Whyyyyyyy? ). As annoying as it could get, some of your class members would call you as early as 5am, disturbing your sweet sleep, just to ask whether the lecture at 10am that morning would still hold (na this one dey pain me pass). For God's sake how class rep wan take know? Abi class rep don dey see future ni?

4. You're so many persons in one.
Yes, you're the class rep. But at the same time, you're somebody's boyfriend. You're somebody's brother, somebody's bestfriend and all that. Some lecturers would even turn you to an errand boy. You're also a politician by disposition... You just have to learn and adapt well to living as so many persons in one. The down side of this aspect is that, all these responsibilities could be really detrimental to your studies in the long run. Because being a man of many parts, you'd rarely find spare time to study except perhaps deep in the night which is time meant for rest and sleep. If you attempt to do it during the day, concentrating tends to become a challenge, alongside the distractions and many phone calls

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Re: The Life Of A Typical Class Rep In Nigeria by Firstboi01(m): 1:46pm On Nov 05, 2016
5. You must dress/appear neat and corporate all the time.
Nobody likes a shabby class rep. Because they expect you to properly represent your class and department. You have to look your best at all times. The fact that you are in constant contact with the lecturers also, is also reason enough for you to not want to 'mis-dress'. Most of the lecturers, especially the professors, are very stringent with regards to dressing. Some might not even allow you into their office if you aren't dressed well enough to their approval.

6. You must have perfect communication skills.
Lol, I'm not implying that all class reps must be talkatives or sweet talkers. But at some point in time, the need for applying one or both of the above is necessary. At first instances, a class rep musn't be shy to stand in front of the class or even a larger audience to talk. Secondly, he must have good command of the English diction. Aside that, he must be eloquent and persuasive. Persuasiveness comes handy when for example you're trying to save your class members from failure by trying hard to convince that lecturer to postpone his test. Believe me, you need these skills.

7. You must be able to manage time/resources properly.
This is where your skill of compromise comes in. I'm not implying the fellow must be good in economics, but you should be able to recognize the opportunity costs in whatever you do whenever you're faced with multiple simultaneous decisions. No much talk is needed here though. I believe this particular criteria is for everybody.

8. You must be able to handle anger and pressure
First of all you must understand that before you were a class rep, you are a human being, thus you have your own shortcomings too. Being human makes you susceptible to certain imperfections. You're liable to lose focus and patience atimes, amidst the intense pressure. There's always that tendency for mood swings. Somebody could annoy you and you'll lose it. What really matters is how best you control yourself. Aside that, the fact that you're human means you can fall sick. You might come late to class atimes. You can be hungry. Class members need to understand these. Class Rep is not a machine. He runs on food, water and oxygen too just like you.

9. Because you get attention from the ladies in class, you must learn to handle the boys in class who are envious that
Lol.. This one is self explanatory and for sure inevitable. The situation intensifies when you're class rep and you're fresh. Its only normal for the ladies in class to drool all over you and shower you with attention. But remember the buddies in class might actually not be cool with that. grin grin

And lastly, (this one is more of an advice though)...

10. You must be good at taking and giving advice
This is very important for any leader, not just a class rep. Because for sure, you don't know it all. So you need to be counselled too from time to time. Don't feel too big brother.

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Re: The Life Of A Typical Class Rep In Nigeria by Firstboi01(m): 1:47pm On Nov 05, 2016
Even though not all class reps experience all these I've listed, while some class reps could really be mean, nasty and proud, abeg its not all rosy for the guy. We pass through a lot actually. I hope I was really able to achieve the main aim of this post which is: Giving you (a bit of) an insight into the actual life of a typical class rep. So the next time you see your class rep, show some reverence. To some extent, they deserve it because the truth of the matter is, ITS NOT EASY!

cc: Lalasticlala Seun Mynd44 Fynestboi

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Re: The Life Of A Typical Class Rep In Nigeria by sirBLUNT(m): 7:41pm On Nov 15, 2017
Firstboi01:
Even though not all class reps experience all these I've listed, while some class reps could really be mean, nasty and proud, abeg its not all rosy for the guy. We pass through a lot actually. I hope I was really able to achieve the main aim of this post which is: Giving you (a bit of) an insight into the actual life of a typical class rep. So the next time you see your class rep, show some reverence. To some extent, they deserve it because the truth of the matter is, ITS NOT EASY!

cc: Lalasticlala Seun Mynd44 Fynestboi
how did u bcom a course rep is it by election or u volunteered or how jst share how it happend during ur first day of lectures?
Re: The Life Of A Typical Class Rep In Nigeria by personal59: 10:18pm On Nov 15, 2017
you must know when to take advice and which advice to follow

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Re: The Life Of A Typical Class Rep In Nigeria by sirBLUNT(m): 10:33pm On Nov 15, 2017
personal59:
you must know when to take advice and which advice to follow
are u a course rep
Re: The Life Of A Typical Class Rep In Nigeria by personal59: 6:09am On Nov 16, 2017
sirBLUNT:
are u a course rep

yes, back then in sch



almost everyday there will always be an enemy either u didn't follow his or her suggestions or u because u refuse to reply to the nonsense statement make

its worth the experience cos I learnt been calm d hard way

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Re: The Life Of A Typical Class Rep In Nigeria by sirBLUNT(m): 7:02am On Nov 16, 2017
personal59:


yes, back then in sch



almost everyday there will always be an enemy either u didn't follow his or her suggestions or u because u refuse to reply to the nonsense statement make

its worth the experience cos I learnt been calm d hard way
how did u bcom a couse rep did u vulunteer or u wia elected how did u bcom durin us firstday lectures in skul
Re: The Life Of A Typical Class Rep In Nigeria by personal59: 9:16am On Nov 16, 2017
sirBLUNT:
how did u bcom a couse rep did u vulunteer or u wia elected how did u bcom durin us firstday lectures in skul


I resume school late I think third week of resumption

not knowing that day was the final selection day by the course adviser. on stepping into the class, the adviser ask me if am a student of the class and I replied yes before I know what was happening three of the student said lets nominate him although I saw five student facing the board not knowing they are voting already, then all other student claim to be in support even with that I don't know whats happening.

the adviser told me to face the board but all the student rejected the idea insisting they all want me so he have no option than to approve it and ask others to go back to their seat. so he asked, do you know you are now the course monitor and y are u just resuming? then I replied him I don't want the post and I have no excuse for resuming late............... to cut the story short I rejected it and the class oppose me on that and we all resulted that i should be the interim monitor but anytime we want to vote they still choose me which mk me remain the interim again and again for a yr before I later take it serious and remain the monitor till we graduate.

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Re: The Life Of A Typical Class Rep In Nigeria by sirBLUNT(m): 10:40am On Nov 16, 2017
wow dats cool which skul is dat?
Re: The Life Of A Typical Class Rep In Nigeria by Prefola: 10:58am On Nov 16, 2017
Nice writeup bro...i have always wished to be a class rep but ah don't knw hw to go abt it and how God is gonna do it...
I have heard tales of being a class rep from my senior bro,abt hw you would be hated by your mates,how you would be held responsible for any misconduct by your course mates e.g if questions get leaked,how you wuld be knwn by alot of lecturers and you wuld become an erand boy e.t.c..but even with dis,i still gat this undying love to be one Cus i had experienced most of this things as a class captain and prefect in pry nd sec xkul...though i know itx a different game entirely in the university..
Any advice for me 4rm ex-class reps here??

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Re: The Life Of A Typical Class Rep In Nigeria by Prefola: 10:59am On Nov 16, 2017
Cc.fynestboi lalasticlala richiez pls do the needful
Re: The Life Of A Typical Class Rep In Nigeria by moscobabs(m): 12:08pm On Nov 16, 2017
wink
Re: The Life Of A Typical Class Rep In Nigeria by buskie13(m): 12:09pm On Nov 16, 2017
some course reps are plain stupid
Re: The Life Of A Typical Class Rep In Nigeria by cynhamscakes(f): 12:10pm On Nov 16, 2017
Lol.
Re: The Life Of A Typical Class Rep In Nigeria by ChewingStick(m): 12:11pm On Nov 16, 2017
undecided We dropped out to pursue our dreams, when we make it and we go back to get a degree, they might just ...
Re: The Life Of A Typical Class Rep In Nigeria by Ajebusta(m): 12:12pm On Nov 16, 2017
Course rep no dey buy handouts and textbook.... They get it for free... And dem no dey carry over the course they are repping

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Re: The Life Of A Typical Class Rep In Nigeria by ekensi01(m): 12:13pm On Nov 16, 2017
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Re: The Life Of A Typical Class Rep In Nigeria by Mutuwa(m): 12:13pm On Nov 16, 2017
kudos to dele my class rep back then.He had gone great guns in life. smiley

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Re: The Life Of A Typical Class Rep In Nigeria by vivianbelema(f): 12:15pm On Nov 16, 2017
Weldon ooo
Uncle class rep
Re: The Life Of A Typical Class Rep In Nigeria by nurez305(m): 12:15pm On Nov 16, 2017
If it's a school where handout is being sold by the lecturer, then class/course rep make alot of money
Re: The Life Of A Typical Class Rep In Nigeria by samtinx(m): 12:17pm On Nov 16, 2017
undecided Mr Op what about we the assistant class reps,we dont have life??
Re: The Life Of A Typical Class Rep In Nigeria by Amosjaj(m): 12:17pm On Nov 16, 2017
I hate being center of attention

I live low key life

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Re: The Life Of A Typical Class Rep In Nigeria by Nobody: 12:18pm On Nov 16, 2017
you just have to be the biggest snitch and the job is all yours. And by big i mean really tall and fat.
Re: The Life Of A Typical Class Rep In Nigeria by internetpo(m): 12:19pm On Nov 16, 2017
Nice!.Love this write up.


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Re: The Life Of A Typical Class Rep In Nigeria by pharigoldltd: 12:23pm On Nov 16, 2017
Re: The Life Of A Typical Class Rep In Nigeria by SmellySperm(m): 12:29pm On Nov 16, 2017
samtinx:
undecided Mr Op what about we the assistant class reps,we dont have life??
lol una life dey heavengrin

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