Before going ahead with today’s topic, let me real quick tell you a story. It happened two days ago when I was home alone. My roommate had gone out for the day, Unilag organized a seminar of sorts and gave us a lecture free day so we could attend but in reality, they were just giving us public holiday and things could not have been better. After doing all the important things I needed to do, I got out of bed.
I went to the bathroom to go freshen up so I could go get my breakfast. (I knew it had to be something light that won’t leave me feeling heavy, gassy or congested. So, I decided to buy bread and beans.) Like most other people, I like listening to music and at the time of the incident, I was listening to Levels by Skrillex and Avicii. Just as the beat was dropping, I got overly excited and punched the tiled wall. It broke and when I drew my hand back and I looked at my fist, there was blood everywhere.
Long story short, I spent quite a bit of cash getting it treated, buying antibiotics etc. and it didn’t quite help that NASU was on strike and the chances of getting attended to at the medical centre for “a minor wound” were slim.
You’re probably wondering; who the heck punches a wall out of excitement till it breaks? Well, the answer is pretty obvious since I just narrated the story to you Einstein. I guess it was justified though. In two weeks:
- I had increased the worth of my CV by double its previous worth.
- I had increased my relevant contacts and networks.
- I had gotten credit alert. Please, specially help me thank God for this one.
So, I guess there was a reason to be excited seeing as I was making progress career wise (and here lies the connection.) Just yesterday, I conducted a very unconventional survey and asked people what challenges came with being a student that they had to contend with. Quite a number of people responded and said academic excellence. Another number of them cited money as a problem but the majority of the concerns were about how they were worried about passing their exams and all.Let me repeat it for the sake of emphasis: YOUR CGPA DOES NOT MATTER IN HEAVEN. Neither does everything I have to say actually but hear me out first.
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I attended a conference recently and one sabi guy there mentioned that the GP you are chasing after like hungry goat is not more than three or four lines in your CV. Imagine trying to buy food and then waiting in line for four hours and when it’s finally ready, they tell you they worked really hard to fry four pieces of plantain for you and you should pay them #150k for it. How would you react?
That is exactly how your employers would feel when you come to them and tell them to be paying you six figures because you worked really hard to get your 4.8CGPA and you have nothing else to offer. There is more than one thing that matters if you are to be relevant in the business world and you have to find them. Equip yourself with skills, read and research, find a mentor and let yourself be guided on the things you don’t know. You might think that things would just set themselves after you leave the university but let me be honest with you fam. If you really think that you’ll work really hard and things would magically fall in place for you, then,
So, if you are busy worrying about your CGPA and whether or not you’ll pass this class, by all means, please worry. You are human and it is almost impossible to see beyond what is directly in front of your face. However, if that is the only thing you are worried about, fam, last last you go fuck up o.
To even add salt to your injury, I should mention that it’s not only to get employers interested in you that you need skills outside your certificate but to be an entrepreneur as well. You might have 5.0 or 4.0 but do you have people skills? Can you make investments where necessary? Can you network and build your clientele? Can you close sales with confidence? The list goes on but my point is besides that CGPA you’re carrying on your head like puffpuff, there are other things that require your attention and I can bet my WhatsApp sub that you are not paying attention to it.
Getting employed and making money isn’t literal heaven but I do hope you get my point. Yes, you should work hard to get your grades up. Yes, you should be concerned about your academics. Yes you should strive to be the best in your class but at the same time, equip yourself for the real world.Several skills are high in demand right now that you can get ranging from content creation to digital marketing and web design etc. Which of them do you have? What can you do besides eat pizza, play football and shake your bumbum?
Attempt All Questions. (70 mks.)
- Do you think I was dumb for punching the wall? Because the way people have been dissing me is not even funny at all.
- Besides school, what are you doing for yourself?
- Someone said bread and beans isn’t breakfast food. I’m not even going to ask because I know it is. I just want to know the best way to slap someone with an injured hand. Any suggestions?