There are too many stories that take academic excellence out of view. When I gained admission, like most student, I came with a mindset to graduate with distinction. I heard bulk of these stories and they made my dream to be an academic highflier sick. I walked around the campus with a sickish aspiration until my cousin finally killed the dream.
I was in his hostel on a visit. He entertained me in a little way that an average student could afford. After taking the beans and ‘garri’ he gave me, we took a stroll towards the campus’s health centre. Being a final year student, he deemed it fit to orientate me – a chronic fresher.
“You cannot afford to have carry-overs; so you have to do everything possible to avoid it.” He continued, “There are a lot of callous lecturers who are expert in sabotaging student’s effort. Sure, there would be at least a highly intelligent person in your class, do everything possible to associate with him or her. It helps.” After offering me several good advices, he negligently set a goal for me. He said, “It may require that you sweat bullet, but try to score 60 in all your courses. If you do, you will make our family proud.”
I went home excitedly, drew plans and strategies that will help me achieve my brand new goal. Like he suggested, I sweated bullet before I could reach that goal. I am not sure if my friends and families were proud of me as my cousin proposed.
Do I just say those stories are completely untrue? No! They are incomplete. They are not the only stories. There are stories of students who were victimized and yet graduated with their first class. In fact, every student who graduated with a first as at a time been victimized.
What would have happened if I did not listen to my cousin? What would have happened if I refused to slim fit my goal? Do I really have the potential to reach my first goal?
I was opportune to get a second chance. This time, I came with a determination that the potential odds could not withstand. I discarded all those stories and believed the only ones that spelt possibility. I can tell; the result was desirable.
Summarily, get this into your head: victimization, tough time, and challenges are integral part of the game. Avoiding it is avoiding first class.
Action Point: Get your advice from people you desire their success. If you desire to graduate with first class, do not gather your advice from people who are graduated with pass.