Happy New Week Guys!! 🙂
It’s a new week, a new day, and another blessing!! Make sure to set goals for yourself and make this week count 🙂
“The aim of education is the knowledge, not of facts, but of values” – William S. Burroughs
Last week I graduated University with a Bcom. degree and I couldn’t have been happier. It took me a long time to get excited about graduating, mostly because like everyone else it means I have to figure out my life whether I like it or not. To me, it is what I do with the next couple of years that will matter, and as usual, I was worried about all those things. University for me wasn’t all roses, and I would say even though I didn’t figure out everything I wanted, I did learn some life lessons and I hope to share with you guys some of the things I learned while I was at the University.
If you set your mind on anything, you can achieve it
This might sound like a cliche thing to say, but trust me it is true. Starting out university, I was very shy and I kept to myself a lot, so naturally, I didn’t like public speeches very much ( so presentations were a very scary idea), and I tried to avoid them or speak as little as I could during presentations (because I get very sweaty and anxious). This was the way I was all through my first year and second year.
So fast forward to me getting a job at the University in the summer of my second year. I was super excited and pumped to start this new adventure of mine, then I realised that I would have to give presentations sometime in the summer, I would be presenting to not just students, but their parents as well. So, this got me super nervous, and I started thinking this is my job, and I can’t just decide to speak as little as possible or avoid it if I want to. So, the next thing to do was to practice very hard, read my materials day and night and familiarise myself with it. We also got training from work, and I got feedback from my boss, and I took the feedback constructively and corrected the mistakes I made and continued to improve my presentation skills. At the end of that week, I presented to over 400 people that week, and I couldn’t have been more proud of myself. Since then, I believed that no matter what obstacle I am faced with, if I apply myself and take up the challenge, I would be able to achieve anything I want to, and so can you!
Friends won’t always be there
There is an adage in Yoruba culture “Twenty children will not play for twenty years”. This adage generally means that the same group of friends won’t remain friends forever. Starting university I had some time on my hands in my first year, so in my spare time I would meet up with my friends and sometimes volunteer, but as time moved on some of my friends got jobs and with school workload and other responsibilities, many of us didn’t have time to meet up as we used to, which is okay. In other words, don’t get upset or abandon your friends just because you can’t meet up every weekend as you used to; just make sure you take time out some time to meet up, and you can always check up on each other through texts or social media sites.
Prayer is key
Growing up back home in Nigeria, my mum taught me a lot about prayer and how important it is to pray, but do you ever get that feeling that your prayer has hit the ceiling and God isn’t hearing them? Yup, I got that feeling!! Especially in the first two years of living in Canada. It was really hard to be by myself and navigate through life myself, but even in the midst of all these difficulties, I still continued to pray, and to be honest, I felt drawn to do so. God kept calling to me, he kept me in his heart. Praying during those times gave me hope, faith and courage to at least not call home and tell them I want to come back, and here I am a couple of years later, my two sisters have joined me here, and I was able to help them and also other students (through my job at the University) transition from leaving their home and family to a new country to start a new life.
So, if you are reading this, and you are out there and you are on the brim of losing hope and it feels like your prayers aren’t being answered, please don’t lose hope. Keep praying to God, ask him for guidance and wisdom, ask him to show you what he has in mind for you, and I can almost assure you that something beautiful is waiting for you at the end of the tunnel. Don’t lose faith! 🙂
So, how about you guys? What have you learned at college/university? Or if you haven’t gone to either yet, what have you learned at your time in high school?
What I am wearing:
Shoes: Call It Spring
Well, that’s all for today. Till my next post.
Lots of Love,