2 Years after Graduation: Lots of Tears, Frustration & Hope

Graduation

These persons have been found worthy in character & learning and have awarded the Degree of Bachelor of Science in their various departments.

The day was June 26, 2015 at Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria. I pinched myself over and over again. It was too good to be true.

Yelling, screaming, turning tassels, making loud noises, taking several pictures, my  friends and I were overjoyed.

The countless assignments, impromptu tests, group tasks, projects and all we had to deal with; we were glad that all of that was behind us and we could fully pursue our dreams.

The future seemed so bright! I could feel it.

With a good GPA and relevant internships, “Getting a job shouldn’t be so hard” I thought to myself

With some luck on my side, I got an internship less than a month after graduation at a public relations firm. I was excited. Public Relations was the only stream of communication I was yet to explore; with working experience in print, broadcast & advertising.

I was definitely on the right track and everything seemed promising. Though distance was a challenge (The firm was situated at Lagos Island and I lived on the mainland), I made up my mind to learn as much as I could as I was waiting for the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC)

About a month to my 21st birthday, the internship was over and I had to get ready for National Service. In retrospect, my service year, was an enthralling one, as I was simply fascinated by the people I met in camp, people with different locations, mind-sets, attitudes, socio-economic backgrounds. I asked several questions and got to understand why they act the way they do.

My place of primary assignment during my service year was another experience that I’ll prefer not to talk about but the office operated like a war zone making all members of staff act like soldiers, blindly following commands and people worked with fear. I was so frustrated, I ran back to the university, to see one of my favourite lecturers for counsel. It was … still looking for the right adjective.

After service, I started another phase of job hunting, made several applications, for some I got a call for a test, some never replied. From the few that called me for a test. Some I passed, some I did not (math was my kryptonite, I’m slightly above average and the competition was high).

As an undergraduate, I believed that I had a lot to offer and I had trained myself to be excellent at virtually everything I did. Thus, I imagined myself working for a multi-national company. I felt I was that good.

My imagination and the current reality were so far apart. Really far.

This were the moments I cried behind closed doors and used my pillow to wipe off my tears. Thankfully, I had a backup plan.

I did a lot of freelance writing, picked up interest in screenwriting and later filmmaking. While taking my blogging even more seriously, that was when I got a job from LinkedIn and also had the opportunity to work for some startups.

Today is June 26, 2017, it’s been two years, I have cried, I have almost lost hope, I was discouraged and confused. Despite it all, one thing is certain as long as I breathe, I will never give up and I continue to make my life count.

I don’t know what lies ahead, what’s waiting for me or what tomorrow will bring but whatever it is, I’m going to be a huge success story.

(You could also read my story, 1 year after graduation here)

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Activity VS Accomplishment

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My feet touches the floor after the late night rest and the 1st thing I can think of is

What am I going to be doing today?

What do I do keep myself busy?

What project would I be working on?

It is typical that as soon as you get the sleep off your face, you should set out to think of what you would be doing for the rest of the day.

Whether it is work, your personal business or even leisure, your mind seems to wander a bit for what you’ll be doing for the rest of the day

For Example:

Be at work from 9am -5pm

Attend Kids’ recital / game

Get groceries needed for the week

See a comedy movie

And so on and so forth.

We seem to be so focused on activity or action, as we try to engage ourselves in several tasks thereby forgetting that all we are doing is keeping ourselves busy instead of looking at the big picture.

Many focus only on keeping themselves busy instead of looking forward to developing themselves while also tackling personal goals and accomplishments.

It’s advised that we make a switch from focusing only on activity or busyness to the stage of accomplishment.

It’s funny to find out that while pursuing our personal activities, we can be setting goals and achieving them without extra workload or adding so much stress.

How do we make accomplishments with our regular activities?

We just need to add a sparkle of excellence to our regular activities, as set out to achieve a level of brilliance and distinction in everything we do.

Think of these achievements

Get to work 30 minutes early every weekday

Start a family health plan

Be one of the first 5 parents at your kids’ recital or game.

These achievements are still related to our regular activities they just require us to take them more serious.

Also, let us remember not avoid just being busy but create a benchmark that will make us set out to achieve big things.

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Read Like Termites!

read like termites

I remember watching a TV show some months ago and a guest on the show was answering some questions asked by the host. Few minutes in, the guest started to talk on youth development and trust me, he made succinct but valid points.

One of the points he made caught my attention

Read like termites.

That statement was GOLD

Like many writers, I was an early reader as I started reading from the time I learnt how to read, always reading short stories in my English textbook before going ahead to read comics, fiction novels, then motivational, self-help, DIYs.

Though I started writing much later, (in the 11th grade) I have been reading much earlier; this not only helped me and my writing later in life, but made me have a broader and deeper knowledge of things at a very young age.

So when that guest said youths should read like termites, he was definitely right. Though I have some mild phobia for termites.

Voracious reading is usually suggested in schools but people hardly read widely anymore, they only submit to books related to a particular area of interest or academic books they require to pass a certain course. This is not the best.

You need to go beyond our comfort-zone and read new things everyday.

However, there are some people who would rather die than pick up a book to read, they have no interest whatsoever in the art of reading. They just want to know the summary of an article and move to other things that supposedly matter.

People read as a hobby, people read to get informed, some read to build their imagination, learn more etc.

The misconception people have about reading is that you don’t need to pick up a hard cover book before read, you could read online materials, journals and thankfully, there are now e-books.

Whatever you do and no matter how busy you are make sure you read something, read something that informs, somethings that educates or enlightens and you’ll be glad you did.

No matter what, don’t stop reading. Don’t stop doing what makes you better.

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