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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Essence of Versatility in Knowledge

I sat down and realized that many will regret the years they spent as a student not because they never attended lectures, nor they didn't do well in their exams but simply because their thoughts were confined around classroom knowledge, thus making them Myopic to life issues. 

Our educational system today indirectly discourages knowledge outside the school curriculum, a system where your gift and talent remains dormant and useless for the time spent in school.

A system where your success in life is rated by the Amount of A's you make, but have seen and heard of very brilliant student or best in classes that can’t afford a good home, school and shelter for their family. Many are discouraged about life simply because of F. Many are depressed, many confused, many wish to change, many even wants to drop and some might even commit suicide!

I will gladly advice all both the one gifted with A's and those blessed with F's to start thinking outside the box of classroom. Be practical about life and knowledge, be creative, read books, attend seminars, be innovative, write books, start up a business, contest in pageantry, form a dance/music club, play politics, organize shows, learn a skill, learn a handwork, start a forum, evangelize for the kingdom, work on yourself, learn public speaking, be a computer literate, give some time to outside classroom event.

 It pays and at the end of your stay in school, you might not come out with the best result but you will come out enlightened, you might not come out with a 1st class but you will come out informed and transformed. You might not be the best student but you will come out changed, and equipped to face realities and challenges, life presents.

My dear, dare life, question system, try new things, invent things, discover things and never forget or be too afraid to say NO to discouragement, obstacles and depression...

And at the end try to be a graduate religiously, academically, financially, emotionally, health wise, and otherwise. So many wish they could go back and make amendment, wish they learnt things they thought they were too busy to learn.
Now that you are opportune, don't come out a novice.
Until you are able to give yourself all the necessary Information, you can't transform others and your society.

Prof. Abletor Sedofia from University of Ghana has this to say to us:

Academic excellence is overrated! Did I just say that? Oh, yes, I said it. Being top of your class does not necessarily guarantee that you will be at the top of life.
You could graduate as the best student in Finance but it doesn't mean you will make more money than everybody else. The best graduating Law student does not necessarily become the best lawyer. 

The fact is life requires more than the ability to understand a concept, memorize it and reproduce it in an exam.

  • School rewards people for their memory.
  • Life rewards people for their imagination.
  • School rewards caution.
  • Life rewards daring.
  • School hails those who live by the rules.
  • Life exalts those who break the rules and set new ones.
So do I mean people shouldn't study hard in school? Oh, no, you should. But don't sacrifice every other thing on the altar of First Class. Don't limit yourself to the classroom. Do something practical. Take a leadership position. Start a business and fail. That's a better Entrepreneurship 101. 

Join or start a club. Contest an election and lose. It will teach something Political Science 101 will not teach you. Attend a seminar. Read books outside the scope of your course. Go on missions and win a soul for eternal rewards...

Do something you believe in!
Think less of becoming an excellent student but think more of becoming an excellent person. 

Make the world your classroom!

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