There are too many stories that take academic excellence out of view. When I gained admission, like most energetic freshmen, 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 to visit him. 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 freshman.
“You cannot afford to have carry-over; 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.” 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. 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 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 desire grade. At least, I knew a student who was victimized because her lecture wanted what is in between her thigh at all course. She took up the case and got justice. I also know hundreds of students who make first class despite these daring odds.
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.
Action point: Get your advices from people you desire their success. If you desire to graduate with first call, don’t gather your advice from people who are graduated with pass.