Hence this would be the most serious piece so far on this blog! I hope am able to keep it serious till the end!
Let me explain... Am Salako Oluponmile, in 2007 I put in for Electrical and electronics engineering and was expected to be through last week friday according to the school's calendar! Right now, according to the school, I am not qualified to be through since I have so many units of courses on my head! I wish I could carry so much physically, I would probaly be a professional bouncer now! Now hear this (in Bishop Oyedepo's voice). I am not sad in any form and I repeat... I AM NOT SAD about not being through with Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the stipulated time! I am only sad because my parents are sad and this takes its toll on me! Dont blame me.. I love them and that's why I might still go back to complete Electrical and Electronics Engineering!
I am not sad because, as far as I am concerned, I graduated 2 years back!! And so seeing my colleagues celebrate theirs for me is like... 'you guys are welcome!' When it comes to academic glory, like Gabriel, I have tasted it to a very large extent. I was actually once an 'academic'! But as time went on, I became wiser! I told myself, 'Boy, you know you cant do this (Elect Elect) in life!' This is not my field! Its not my calling (I will talk more about calling in another post)! I was only FLOWING with the norm like most of the 'graduates' did! In this part of the world, there is an academic norm which has gradually defeated the real reason behind school! That was the norm my naive mind was following then! I actually didnt know what I was doing...until I had this epiphany (if you are lost, check it up in the dictionary), I got 'worried' about the future i saw! It was not pleasant! I saw a Mr Salako landing a great job but boning to work everyday! I saw Mr Salako having a great car but sad driving it down to work! I knew then that doing something you dont love is like marrying the wrong wife,,,,,,you are screwed!!!
I am an advocate of the fact that immediately you know the truth,,,you will be set free! Since I was gradually discovering my purpose and calling then, I knew I had to focus. That was, for me, when I gained admission into school....yeah the entertainment school. Let me pause there a bit, I want to be very practical now. Put aside whatever mindset 'society' has imposed on your mind and follow logic! What is a school! I would tell you what school is or was intended to be vis a vis what it has turned out to be in this part of the world! School is a place set aside to:
- develop you in your CAREER! By this we mean actual training in your caeer! Hence the courses we now have decided to study! These are people's careers that overtime have been enshrined into the 'modern school' curriculum but the ones that havent been able to make it into the 'modern school' curriculum can still be learnt!
- develop a strong network that would help you through life. This has to do with intepersonal skills and interdependence. No wonder most great men today met their colleragues or business partners while in school!
- Package you for your career! This takes care of your dressing, your command of the language, etiquettes..e.t.c.It even goes as far as your spiritual life!