Having seen a lot of happenings on campus, the topic on discourse ‘Couples Life on Campus’ has been a rampant issue like a wildfire in our tertiary institutions. Before I delve deeper, what is the term couples life?
Couples life simply means the act or situation whereby two individuals: a lady and a guy resides in the same apartment/hostel performing the duty of married couples without being legally married.
The practice of couples life is strife to the point that it has become the usual way of campus life. Thus kind of relationships came in various guises and aliases such as, campus marriages, campus coupling etc. Obviously designed to give the unwholesome act an acceptable terminology. This growing term is gradually eroding the level of morality among youths in Nigeria tertiary institutions.
Our society has now so degenerated that nobody perceives students couples life as a threat to life and our educational system. ‘Campus couples life’ now looks so normal in our universities environment that the people who indulge in it are awarded and crowned as ‘young/best couples of the year’ by other students at the end of every academic calendar.
Unarguably, students who are living as couples on campus totally forget their primary assignments in school and focus on the growth of their relationships in all aspects. These include; satisfying their lustful desire, exposing themselves to social activities, caring for their spouse etc. which eventually leads to distraction from studying and poor academic performance.
Students who opts for this kind of life on campus live their lives explaining every bit of their movement and actions to their partner and also bear partially all the responsibilities of a married man or woman.
Furthermore, the risk of unwanted pregnancy or STDs is much, and as a result increased the rate of abortion on Nigeria campuses. This is because neither of the parties is prepared for any parental responsibilities. Also, the risk of contacting sexual transmitted diseases is equally high due to unprotected sex and apathy of either partner state of health.
Well, there you have it. Nothing beats a focused, undivided attention when it comes to learning. You can’t combine living a life full of responsibilities (cooking for your partner, executing chores of two, intuitiveness for two etc.) with your academics, the two together cannot stand without producing failure. Left to you – the reader, ‘Couples Life On Campus,’ should it be condemned or complimented?
© Olayinka Olawunmi