It is a common phenomenon to see students who join an academic institution for the first time picking up false identity as an attempt to boost their image. At the University of Ghana the practice is even more pervasive due to the size of the community and the intense desire by some students to gain some bragging rights.
Against this backdrop, a senior psychology lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr Charles Wiafe Akenteng has cautioned students especially newly admitted ones to eschew such practices insisting that people who live such fake lives eventually find themselves in trouble although it may appear beneficial in the beginning.
“There’s a positive side as long as it boosts your morale, self-image and enables you to achieve what you want. But if you create a false impression about you one day the truth will catch up with you”, he said.
Speaking on Radio Univers’ morning show Campus Exclusive on Monday, Dr Akenteng further advised students to be content with who they are since they are unique beings.
“My advice to them (fresher’s) is that as human beings we are all unique in one way or the other, let’s be content with that uniqueness and strive for the one that we don’t have. Definitely level 100 students going to live in a social environment are going to encounter both positive and negative situations, I encourage them to learn the positive one and eschew the negative one”, he added.
By: Emmanuel Asiedu/radouniversonline.com