Rena Stephanus

Human interactions are vital and this does not stop when you get into university. I once read somewhere that the friends you make in university will become your friends forever. I agree with this statement as through my years of studying I have met wonderful people, I have created relationships that are based on more than just academics and interactions when the semester breaks are over.

Humans by nature are social beings to an extent, one of the greatest philosophers asserted that   “man is by nature a social animal”.  Aristotle believed that human beings are born with the desire to have some sort of connection to other humans. Over the period of your life you may have created relationships with numerous people be it intimate, family, friends or acquaintances.

Maintaining relationships in university is probably one of the hardest tasks when you do not interact on a daily basis. Conversations get limited to weekly, than before you know it yearly and the only time you get to see each other is through your Whatsapp status. We can than say that the relationship is dying a natural death and in all honesty nobody wants a relationship to end.! One that is of essence to both parties at least.

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Meaningful relationships are hard to come by these days and if you have established one with anyone especially during your academic years, maintaining that relationship should be one of your priorities. Always try to make time for the people in your life, stuff like meeting once a week or even once a month just to catch up on the developments in your respective lives, trust me this will be helpful in upholding that relationship.

University should not limit you from having a social life; you should not limit yourself from having a social life! Taking an hour or two just to dedicate it to your family, friends, acquaintances or even your significant other, is something all students should strive for. Maintain your relationships with the people around you, remember

“no man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent”.


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