“I even surpassed my initial goal of reaching 4.64 and finished strong with a final CGPA of 4.78.” says Umukoro Faith, as she shared a detailed recount of her success story.

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Umukoro Faith Uzezoghene

Umukoro Faith Uzezoghene

QUE SERA SERA, WHAT WILL BE WON’T BE.

Growing up in a family like mine was fun; we saw our parent’s life as our first challenge, a wall to break through. They weren’t graduates of any knowable or renowned professional discipline. Although they tried so hard to make us comfortable, they tried even harder to make us buy into the normal pattern of life which was then trending (now dying a very natural death by reason of insight), which was, go to school make good grades, get an admission to a University to study any of the professional courses.

Growing up in a family like mine was fun; we saw our parent’s life as our first challenge, a wall to break through. They weren’t graduates of any knowable or renowned professional discipline.

At age five, or perhaps before, I had already bought into this paradigm and I knew what I thought I needed. I wanted to be a medical doctor, how and why, I cannot tell. The fantasy continued and became stronger because even in our schools we were told that being rich and successful was very synonymous with studying any of these professional courses. In secondary school, time to prove the flair by picking up all of those science subjects came. And I knew for sure that I struggled with my chemistry and physics even though I was super good with biology. However, none of these moved me, I pushed through until I was done and I started applying for the almighty medicine and surgery.

After some attempts, I began to wonder why it wasn’t coming. I was advised to apply to the University of Port Harcourt, so I did and guess what! I was admitted, to study Geography and Environmental Management. “What kind of course with such a long name is this?” I asked, not even sure who. That’s where the story began.
In a bid to find answers, I made researches, asked persons to know what the discipline was all about and if it could be managed since medicine was not forthcoming. After all, I decided to accept the admission and off I went to school. It was a big struggle for me to believe I wasn’t studying Medicine or anything close; I was still shocked by how it all happened. Somehow, I scaled through and like Paul said, “I put away what was behind me and pressed for the future.”

It was a big struggle for me to believe I wasn’t studying Medicine or anything close; I was still shocked about how it all happened. Somehow, I scaled through and like Paul said, “I put away what was behind me and pressed for the future.”

However, some tremendous events took place that I must now mention. Prior to this time, I had told myself that if I was to study any discipline other than medicine, then I must make a first class to compensate myself, little did I know that there are no cheap discipline. Making a first class in any discipline was very hard work. The first event that took place that shaped the narrative of things with me academically was attending the Nigeria Fellowship of Nigeria student’s first-year students retreat in 2014. During the academic talk session, a Professor spoke to us about how that he graduated with a first class and how his academic excellence while on campus paved some great ways for him. And while I listened keenly, a strong thought came to me that resounded like a talking man, telling me that I could have a similar story if I wanted. I quickly wrote out a CGPA of 4.64 down, saying that would be the least I could graduate with. As time went on, I began to see how uneasy it was to just wish for good things.

The first event that took place that shaped the narrative of things with me academically was attending the Nigeria Fellowship of Nigeria student’s first year students retreat in 2014. During the academic talk session, a Professor spoke to us about how that he graduated with a first class and how his academic excellence while on campus paved some great ways for him

I learned in the most beautiful ways that good wishes or good prophecies were synonymous to good, hard and smart work. This simply means that if you wish to achieve much or have been told you will, that will never be if you do nothing intentional to make it be. I learned that the song we sang as kids was wrong; the lyrics should read thus;

Que Sera, Sera
Whatever will be, won’t be
If you will not do nothing
What will be, won’t be.

 

So I started off, working hard, working tirelessly, burning the midnight candles, staying till dark in the library, reading international and local materials, journals, articles, news reports sometimes just to get answers to questions, just to repackage or replace old thoughts with new ones, just to stay on top of my game. Sincerely this was work, very hard work, as a matter of fact; it was like doing a 9-5.

So I started off, working hard, working tirelessly, burning the midnight candles, staying till dark in the library, reading international and local materials, journals, articles, news reports sometimes just to get answers to questions…

However, there was an interception to my routine when I became a leader in fellowship. Those times were hard sincerely. We had several meetings to attend, several programs to plan. One thing that helped me in those days was the ability to manage my time effectively. First, I told myself that I was not a normal or ordinary student, and that I didn’t have 24 hours at my disposal. So I started using to do lists, I knew just when to do everything, from sleeping, to praying, to studying, to visiting and all. Although it wasn’t easy at first but as time went on, it became the new norm and Glory to God it worked, I even surpassed my initial goal of reaching 4.64 and finished strong with a final CGPA of 4.78.

there was an interception to my routine when I became a leader in fellowship. Those times were hard sincerely. We had several meetings to attend, several programs to plan. One thing that helped me in those days was the ability to manage my time effectively

Now, this is my advice for students. Take your studies seriously. That’s why you came to school. Study everything relevant, visit the library, the ICTC, and make sure you exhaust your school fees by exploring all the available resources at your disposal. Never ever agree to be in the league of people who assert that service to God on campus makes one a mediocre academically, that’s a dangerous fallacy.

Never ever agree to be in the league of people who assert that service to God on campus makes one a mediocre academically, that’s a dangerous fallacy.

You know when I got admitted newly, my mum used to tell me this, and I will tell you now, ‘’Pray as though only prayer can help you succeed and study as though only studying can help you succeed’’. That’s no joke at all, try it and see. God can work tremendous miracles when we decide to add work to our faith, so while positive confessions are good, they worked for me, hard and smart work added will make it even better. Also, keeping a pure mind is important for academic excellence; renew your mind daily by studying scriptures, that was what helped the Psalmist (Psalm 119: 98-100). And of course we know that examination malpractice is one of those things which ought not to be mentioned amongst us. Stay focus, eat healthy and be wise.

God can work tremendous miracles when we decide to add work to our faith, so while positive confessions are good, they worked for me, hard and smart work added will make it even better

Long live NUNA
Long live NIFES, building tomorrow’s leaders today.

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