I decided it is really important for me to share my national youth service corps camp experience, it’s a year long call to serve the nation that starts with a 3 week camp in whatever state you are posted.
So I was posted to Lagos, which is where I live and where I schooled,its unusual to be posted to the same place you live and school bit close to the time we were getting posted, I realised that some adventures are overrated and if you could die on an adventure then it’s not worth it (basically I was terrified of getting posted to the northern part of Nigeria )and i decided to make Lagos happen for myself.
I don’t know if you’ve ever seen instagram posts or snaps of what Lagos camp is like, the nightlife, the partying, the excitement I’d like to inform you that it’s all social media hype most things are not as fun as they seem on social media
For example it looked like endless partying on social media but in real life it ends by 10 or 10:30 pm.
So,the first lesson learnt is to distrust almost everything you see on social media
I’ve heard from people that it looks like I had a lot fun on camp lol! Emphasis on “looks like”, keep in mind that,i didn’t share pictures of my 30 man room, my super thin mattress or the state of the bathroom and toilet, because that’s not how social media works 😜
Which brings to my second lesson “life is what you make of it” before camp I was very anxious about what it would be like ,but most of all I was determined that i would make New friends and enjoy every single part of the 3 weeks,I didn’t enjoy every single part eventually ,but I rolled with the punches and i kind of enjoyed being able to do that.
Moral of this particular story is if you think camp would suck for you it would, but if you have a strong positive mindset you might enjoy it.
I already mentioned my 30 man room,30 people enclosed in a small room is to me the ultimate recipe for disaster, different people with different mindsets, different upbringing, different behaviour, some madder than others, there was one real nut case in my room, that’s the only mad person i noticed there might have been others .
learning to share
If you’re going for nysc camp anytime soon I’d say the sure way to enjoy it is to forget about your living conditions (I hope it’s better than mine ), make New friends (shout to all the amazing people i met in those 3 weeks), and be intentionally active and find an activity you like , i took a lot of photos and that’s something I like.
If you’ve gone for nysc camp share some of your experiences and lessons learnt in the comment section,I’d like to read it and you never know someone might need it.
Created a category for my nysc experience here so I’d definitely share more as it goes along and a list of what you’d need for nysc camp.
Thanks a lot for reading.