Friday, 2 October 2015

What to study?

My friend's sister is trying to buy Jamb form but has no idea which course to fill in so as to get the admission with ease. I laughed when she told me that because it seems people now buy Jamb forms to fill in anything that can get them into the University!
No one wants to keep buying Jamb forms just to repeat the same exam for the same course (not really their fault so I don't blame them).
The situation is now so bad that almost 80% (hope am not exaggerating) of the people buying Jamb forms are not really filling in their choice of course but something that can swing them into the University.
One of my lecturer once said that its only when you have written Jamb exams for more than two times that you will realize that there are courses you had no idea existed and yet getting it is not much of a problem!
You will see people who had filled in courses like Law, Medicine, Psychology, Mass communication etc in previous years start filling Social Work, Igbo linguistics, Zoology, Agric extension etc after they've failed to be admitted.
The lecturer made it clear that we don't even know what we want and that's why millions of graduates are produced yearly and a good number of them remain either unemployed or underemployed! This is because we all studied what we don't have passion for not to mention skills. He gave us an example of a Zoologist taking the position of a Politician and probably the Politician doing the Zoologists' job.
This upside down job is getting us nowhere! Until we know what we want, strive to get and work hard when we get it; we will still remain where we are! Watching him make his point opened our eyes (the audience). Trust me, everyone who left that room went home to check himself if he is doing what he really wants or what others want.



Personally, I don't regret what am studying now because I love it and have passion for it. Taking his advice, my friends and I carried out a little research on some students. Our aim was to find out how many people got their choice of course, how many have passion for the course they are studying now and how many people are just managing the course they got just waiting to get the certificate and struggle to get something doing.
After this little research we were shocked to find out that a good number of people did not get their choice, some who got it are having a rethink because its not really what they had imagined, those who got their choice were just a handful!
Too bad!
We got back to the lecturer to report our findings and he said we just saw little. He gave us a little lecture and stressed that if someone comes to us for advice on what to study; we should sit with the person, find out what the person has passion for, allow him decide what he knows he can do best and give him advice on how to work towards that. He pointed that we shouldn't discourage someone from going for a course he can handle simply because its competitive but rather encourage him to go there and tell him to put in all his efforts, include God and relax! I listened to this man and wished every University aspirant was listening to him.
When we left his office I regretted why I didn't tape his speech so I can put it on air (if possible). So my advice "Jambitos" is for you to go for what you know you are good at!

Stop looking at those heavy courses you see everyone rushing into and focus on your dreams! If you can study hard, I see no reason why you won't get that course you so desire! Just take your time to go through the list of courses yourself and select your choice, don't just run to register because someone suggested a "cool" course for you. I wish every 2016 aspirant goodluck in their Waec, Jamb and Post Jamb!
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4 comments:

  1. Thanks for that. I must confess I am inspired. But my fear is, my daughter wants to study nursing but my husband wants her to go for biochemistry or any closely related course so if she gets admitted she can switch over to nursing. Do u tink that's a good idea?

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  2. Thanks for that. I must confess I am inspired. But my fear is, my daughter wants to study nursing but my husband wants her to go for biochemistry or any closely related course so if she gets admitted she can switch over to nursing. Do u tink that's a good idea?

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  3. My brother needs to read this!

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