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9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by Naijasinglegirl: 10:00am On Nov 23, 2016
1 You don’t need to arrive on day one
It is not necessary but its for your own good. Basically, NYSC kits, hostel accommodation and meal tickets are usually issued on a first come, first serve basis.
If you have a custom made NYSC Khaki & shoes (Goodluck with that), lots of money to eat out, and you are comfortable sleeping in the field or bushes, by all means go on the 13th day.



2 Ignore the standard NYSC must-haves
Don’t make 18 copies of your documents
Someone even advised I make 30 copies of each document and 24 passport photographs but I ended up using less than six copies each. I still have photocopies I made in my file cabinet at home and I still have copies left of my NYSC passport photographs.
Also, forget that advice of three pairs of socks, handkerchiefs and shorts. Truth is you’d need way more than that. Halfway through camp, I was sick and tired of washing dirty socks. If you have enough money to buy enough to wear, wash and discard, please do!



3 Eat the Camp food
I heard the rumours before I went. “It is disgusting, you’d end up with food poisoning, its tasteless” etc
If we have to exempt the beans, it was not that bad. The only discouraging thing were the endless queues for meals. Come to think of it, who were the ones queueing if everyone said the food is really horrible?



4 You won’t meet the love of your love
Forgive me if I sound negative. You have probably seen photos of corp members proposing during POP and day dreamed the same might be your fate. Listen, the probability is 0.000068.
Most NYSC romance have a lifespan of 21 days. Very few people who profess love in camp are trustworthy. Some guys in serious relationships go to the camp with the intention of finally ‘tasting’ girls from all tribes in Nigeria. Married women hide their wedding band with the intention of satisfying a fantasy in a place no one knows them.
One advice- fall with your head and not your heart.



5 Keeping friends with the ‘who is who’ matters
The soldiers, man o war members, NYSC officials, and police are not exempted from this list.
I had a soldier friend who had my back during parades and gave me the phone number of a colonel in town to call if someone ever troubled me during my service year. I had a man-o-war friend who allowed me skip morning workouts. I made friends with the CMO who allowed me use the clinic bed whenever I needed to have a good sleep while camp activities were going on. I made friends with two hefty corp members appointed to act as security and these guys let me get away with a number of camp rules. I made friends with a particular kind lady in the camp kitchen and she never allowed me queue for food, in addition to that extra piece of meat. I made friends with the Mr NYSC and it gave people the impression I was hot cake.
Be like nsg. smiley



6 Active participation may not get you a city posting
“Participate in all your platoon activities if you don’t want to be posted to a village they.” they said.
Myth. Posting is largely dependent on two things. Luck and connection. My camp’s parade commander was posted to a village and the parade commander is inarguably the most notable position in camp. So was the CMO.
What about me that didn’t lift a finger or know anyone? I ended up in the heart of the city despite numerous threats from my platoon officer.



7 Guard your properties
Everything is at risk of being stolen. Your mobile phone, money, your meal ticket, your NYSC boots, your faze cap, your khaki…



8 Get ready to meet crazy
Is the guy who smelt of weed as early as 5:30am? Or the roommate who is coming to camp with her vibrator to use at night? Or the girl who would ask you to proof read a permission-to-leave-camp-to-have-sex letter, address to the camp CSO. Or the guy who would say, “I really want us to be friends because I need to bang you at that uncompleted building”
Get ready to meet them all.



9 Take SAED seriously
SAED is a skill acquisition programme where you’d be empowered on a certain skill. Corp members would then part with a stipend to continue this training during their service year.
One of my regrets was not taking SAED seriously after I left camp because if you really are the enterprising type, your NYSC year is the last free year you’d have before retirement at 60 or thereabouts.
Skill acquisition is a must especially if you end up in a remote area.



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Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by Naijasinglegirl: 10:03am On Nov 23, 2016
Finally, enjoy camp. Those 21 days are the best part of the service year. Congratulations to all those going to camp tomorrow

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Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by vizpat1: 10:07am On Nov 23, 2016
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Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by Nobody: 10:07am On Nov 23, 2016
naijasinglegiro again.
Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by ReneeNuttall(f): 10:30am On Nov 23, 2016
Wow! Informative

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Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by casttlebarbz(m): 11:04am On Nov 23, 2016
U dey make me wanna serve again grin grin

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Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by Olajhidey22(m): 11:06am On Nov 23, 2016
Eww!
At point number 5 angry angry

Hope you're not the lazy type? tongue
Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by Omotayor123(f): 11:08am On Nov 23, 2016
Nice info... wink
Congratulations to those going for service.
Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by Macjayboy(m): 3:15pm On Nov 23, 2016
Off to camp...kitten on my mind ,hope where to straff go dey o?
Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by Phemmygbl(m): 4:48pm On Nov 23, 2016
Macjayboy:
Off to camp...kitten on my mind ,hope where to straff go dey o?
sure..parade ground dey dere

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Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by armadeo(m): 5:25pm On Nov 23, 2016
Booked.


Funny thing in camp

1. I attended about 3 morning parades.

2. Never ate thier food

3. Had no idea what was really going on, didn't even know my platoon leader

4. My bunkmates were my crew. One dude noticed I never went to food so he collected my card and ate himself silly.

5. Never had a brush with the law/ never got caught.

6. Funny enough with all this I got posted to the heart of the capital. Really have no idea how that happened.

Really the only thing I did was that endurance walk and when I almost fainted I climbed a bike.
I also jogged like twice and discovered itdisnt really serve any purpose in the long run.


I was practically on ghostmode in camp.


Of course I deactivated ghostmode on bonfire night......

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Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by uboma(m): 6:33pm On Nov 23, 2016
another master piece by Naijasinglegirl.

Very funny but informative.

I am very familiar with point 6.

I was posted to the State capital even with little participation in camp activities....

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Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by toygod2: 6:34pm On Nov 23, 2016
First time wey me i no go gbadun ur write up o shocked. Abi recession affect ur....... too
Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by Ishilove: 7:20pm On Nov 23, 2016
Number 3 is partially correct. The camp food was HORRIBLE. The only times I enjoyed the meals were Sunday jollof rice and chicken.

Tea- ZERO

Soups and swallow, -1

Beans, I didn't have the nerve

Rice and stew- 5/10

Number 5 nko? I disliked those soldiers with every fibre of my being. I was even locked up in the guardroom once for asking a soldier why he was barking cheesy

I ended up being posted to the deepest, most remote village in the state grin

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Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by armadeo(m): 10:50pm On Nov 23, 2016
Ishilove:
Number 3 is partially correct. The camp food was HORRIBLE. The only times I enjoyed the meals were Sunday jollof rice and chicken.

Tea, ZERO

Soups and swallow, -1

Beans, I didn't have the nerve

Rice and stew, 5/10

Number 5 nko? I disliked those soldiers with every fibre of my being. I was even locked up in the guardroom once for asking a soldier why he was barking cheesy

I ended up being posted to the deepest, most remote village in the state grin


Wasibi right? grin

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Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by FameG(f): 12:05am On Nov 24, 2016
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Ishilove:
Number 3 is partially correct. The camp food was HORRIBLE. The only times I enjoyed the meals were Sunday jollof rice and chicken.

Tea, ZERO

Soups and swallow, -1

Beans, I didn't have the nerve

Rice and stew, 5/10

Number 5 nko? I disliked those soldiers with every fibre of my being. I was even locked up in the guardroom once for asking a soldier why he was barking cheesy

I ended up being posted to the deepest, most remote village in the state grin



lol @"why he was barking" You get mind o.
Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by wroskian(m): 8:04am On Nov 24, 2016
This piece will really help the prospective otondos.

In my own case, combination of 5 & 6 delivered my posting to the state capital. In fact, two groups of people were struggling to have me in their LG cheesy
Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by Ishilove: 10:34am On Nov 24, 2016
FameG:


[/b]Number 3 is partially correct. The camp food was HORRIBLE. The only times I enjoyed the meals were Sunday jollof rice and chicken.

Tea, ZERO

Soups and swallow, -1

Beans, I didn't have the nerve

Rice and stew, 5/10

Number 5 nko? I disliked those soldiers with every fibre of my being. I was even locked up in the guardroom once for asking a soldier why he was barking cheesy

I ended up being posted to the deepest, most remote village in the state grin




lol @"why he was barking" You get mind o.
grin
Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by Ishilove: 11:02am On Nov 24, 2016
armadeo:


Wasibi right? grin
Yes o. Hinterland tinz grin
Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by armadeo(m): 6:51pm On Nov 24, 2016
Ishilove:

Yes o. Hinterland tinz grin

I remember the chronicles. It was the first exposure I had to the literature section. Epic.

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Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by Ishilove: 10:25pm On Nov 24, 2016
armadeo:


I remember the chronicles. It was the first exposure I had to the literature section. Epic.

Thanks smiley
Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by ProfessorD(m): 3:23am On Nov 26, 2016
Why this did not make front page beats me
Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by FameG(f): 10:06pm On Nov 26, 2016
ProfessorD:
Why this did not make front page beats me

because no one called lalalisticlala, mynd44 or better still Seun's attention towards it.
Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by odili25: 8:46pm On Jan 21, 2017
Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by modelsms(m): 8:49pm On Jan 21, 2017
i thought nysc had been scrapped.
Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by jericco1(m): 8:49pm On Jan 21, 2017
No Automatic employment
Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by modelsms(m): 8:51pm On Jan 21, 2017
Macjayboy:
Off to camp...kitten on my mind ,hope where to straff go dey o?

them go post u go north and u go misbehave make them cut ur dick

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Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by lilfreezy: 8:53pm On Jan 21, 2017
10. Go with condoms.- quickie will come ur way, embrace it grin

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Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by carowhite: 8:55pm On Jan 21, 2017
modelsms:
i thought nysc had been scrapped.
stop thoughting

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Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by refiner(f): 8:55pm On Jan 21, 2017
It looks fun...
Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by Buraimohjoseph(m): 8:57pm On Jan 21, 2017
NA wa o..
Re: 9 Lessons No One Taught Me Before Going To NYSC Camp by Asquare49(m): 8:57pm On Jan 21, 2017
dat no 9..... angry undecided After spending time in uniIf na shoe i wan dey repair i for no kuku go school at all,coz by now i go don become oga sef

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