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Lies we believed about higher education

By: Gideon |Time : September 16, 2018, 12:42:44 AM
If you are an adult in present-day Nigeria then I believe you ought to have realized by now that tertiary education in this country is laughable.
I am not saying it is all bad but then it is very bad. The system is rigged against the students. The facilities are dilapidated or nonexistent. Most of our educators are either dinosaurs or poorly qualified. The all-around environment is not conducive. All this stands against us but beyond that, there are certain things we believed as young ladies about a school that are not wholly true.

1. We don’t need connections
Inasmuch as we should not thrive on nepotism, it is highly important that we maintain quality relationships. Most of us went to the university with the mindset that we only have to study hard and earn good grades; everything else was secondary. However, even if you are good at what you do, you may still need a recommendation here and there to get through the door before you prove yourself.
Thus, the university is one of the best places to network.

2. All we need is a certificate
Closely linked to the point above, we assumed that once we studied hard and graduated with a first class or second class (upper division), life would be kind to us. Yet, it does not work that way. You would need your soft skills above all else to differentiate you from the throng of people holding a similar certificate.

3. Beauty is meant for the dull
Somehow, we believed that the beautiful girls who went to extra lengths to look good were dull and so the smart ones didn’t bother to put in such an effort in their appearance. However, in reality, if you don’t take care with your appearance, only a few people will be interested enough to listen to what you have upstairs.
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Re: Lies we believed about higher education

By: Gideon |Time : September 16, 2018, 12:48:50 AM
When I was in the university,...I used to think no need for connections...just reading and gathering information back then.But now,I seriously feel connections should have been utilised.

Re: Lies we believed about higher education

By: Adenosine (M) |Time : September 16, 2018, 07:54:40 AM
They are beautiful lies....that hurt at the long run...

Re: Lies we believed about higher education

By: dayan (M) |Time : September 17, 2018, 04:19:36 AM
One of the most consistent lies is that the school you attended is more important than say the course you read.
I'll put it this way...

Someone couldn't pass JAMB/UTME to enter an "education" degree course in one of Nigeria's top federal universities, but went ahead to enter into a very low-entry state university to read law and later qualify to become a lawyer.
Guess what? Today he has more bragging rights (and even more job prospect) than all his former classmates who were far more brilliant in school, but who read "non-professional" degree courses in Nigeria's top federal schools.

The other lesson is that you do not need to pass JAMB once at the age of 16, 17 or 18. You can still enter the university 4 -5 years later, but make sure to read the right course. There isn't much difference between graduating at the age of 22/23 and graduating at the age of 28/29. Same thing in real life; but as a young person they might seem too far apart. In the second scenario you can still complete your Ph.D by 35, which is young enough.

A lot of Nigeria's students don't get good guidance counseling.

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