To all the final year students in all of our campuses
and higher institutions of learning whose minds are made up not to
accept the status quo but to look beyond the ordinary in order to
make an impact in their generation.
Your days on campus will soon be over. You once
matriculated as a freshman into this institution. Then it looked as
though the journey will take an eternity before you graduate.
Everyone was calling you by the name ‘Jambite’,
and you were wondering what the next few years of your stay on campus
will look like, as though it will never end. But now, you can see the
end of the road from where you are standing.
This is the best time to begin to think beyond what you
can presently see today, and start projecting into the unseen so as
to have a balanced stability when you finally find yourself in the
Look Beyond School; YOU WILL SOON BE A GRADUATE!
YOU WILL SOON BE A GRADUATE
Starting college is a major transitional stage in one’s
life, but leaving college is a greater one. The day of convocation,
which marks the end of this stage of your life coincidentally marks
the beginning of another. It launches you forth into the larger world
outside there; a world in which you have to find your own footing for
yourself, a world which accommodates the survival of only the
fittest. Such a world should not be entered unprepared for.
The convocation ceremony is a bridge between the
artificial campus life and the real world. It is a link between the
imaginary future students build for themselves while on campus, and
the factual world outside there, where, irrespective of your desires,
only what you deserve is all you get.
You will soon be a graduate, and the whole world will
rejoice with you for a job well done, whether you pass out, as it is
commonly said, or you fail out, which nobody dares say! Everybody
comes to rejoice with you, at least, for going through school
successfully and not dropping out on the way. That makes you a
graduate, and it is worth the celebration.
For you personally, if you must be sincere with
yourself, the convocation day is always a day filled with both
excitement and nervous apprehension. The convocation ceremony will
soon be over. The music will soon fade. The dance will soon stop.
Your guests will soon leave. The hall will soon be locked. And you
will soon be left alone to do just one thing - decide what your fate
Decide your own fate! This is one thing some students
have never given a second thought all their days on campus. They have
dined and wined, lived and relived, but never for once thought about
life after graduation. They have been carried away with the hustling
and bustling, academic pressure, social life, and religious
activities of the campus so much so that their future had never
really mattered a bit to them, or so it seem. They have always
thought that things will sought themselves out when the time comes.
“We will cross the bridge when we get there”, they seem
If you are one of those who had earlier given the issue
of your future this deliberate consideration, you may have little or
no problem deciding where you go from here. But if you are one of
those who just woke up and found the convocation gown on them, there
is still much job to do if you want to live a fulfilled life.
What you eventually become in life, to a large extent,
will be determined by how serious you take the issues that have to do
with your future while on campus. It has nothing to do with what
course the school offered you to study, or whether your lecturer
likes your face enough to give you a pass mark.
If you had accepted responsibility for your future while
on campus, it becomes easy to attain it outside campus. But if you
had taken the issues of your future with levity, life will be glad to
dribble you for a while on its field of play.
Immediately after the convocation, all you have been day
dreaming about the future will either become a trip to the
dreamland, like Alice in wonderland, or a nightmare, all depending on
what you did or what you did not do while on campus.
LOOK BEYOND SCHOOL
If your future must be bright, you have to start
painting it with bright colours yourself. No one will paint it for
you; not your lecturer, he is more interested in his pay than your
life; not your parents, they can only assist you this far; not your
friends, they have their lives to live. Only you can paint your life
the colours you like by doing what you have to do when you have to do
A survey was carried out in each of the seven continents
of the world among a random selection of one hundred young men of age
twenty, and followed up for forty more years until they were sixty
years old and the statistics below was verified:-
1 - Financially wealthy
4 - Financially independent
5 - Struggling to make headway financially
36 - Died unheard of
54 - Financially broke, dependent on relatives, &
This statistic is staggering. This is why you have to
plan for your future. Start today. Do what you have to do today while
still in school. The earlier you start the better for you. Do not
wait till tomorrow before you do what you should do today. Do not
wait till you get out of school before you do what you are supposed
to do while in school.
In another related survey, it was discovered in the
fifties by Dr. Edward Banfield of the Harvard University that the
longer students plan for their lives, the higher they rise in the
society. Those who plan for ten, twenty, thirty years will rise
higher than their mates who presently do not see beyond the four
walls of their campus.
In order to build an enviable future, you need to start
planning for it right from school days when all of your other peers
have not yet started giving it a thought. With this, you give
yourself a stronger edge ahead of all of your mates. You come out
prepared, polished, and furnished enough to face the challenges of
both the labor market and the future.
Many students who go through school without planning
ahead for the future, graduate with good grades, and then decide that
since they are unable to get a job, the next thing to do is to dabble
into businesses they have little or no background in, with the
thought that their degree/certificate will make up for their lack of
preparation. It seldom does! Some of them may succeed, but just as
you would expect, a whole lot of them will likely fail. Why? They are
not prepared to face the future.
Every student’s desire is to live a comfortable
and meaningful life when he leaves school, but very few of them
prepare for this. Their spirit is willing, but it never occurred to
them that only proper preparation prevents poor performance.
Do not just graduate with a degree alone, no matter how
excellent. Arm yourself for the future. A word is enough for the
THE PHASES OF LIFE
It is important we recognize each phase of our life and
the role they play in our progress. The lifetime of any man can be
divided into three major seasons -
01 Year - 20 Years - Learning Period
21 Years - 40 Years - Earning / Early Investment Period
41 Years – 60 Years - Upper Investment /
61 Years – 80 + Years - Investment Returns /
The first twenty years of one’s life is meant to
accumulate enough knowledge and experience to give you a better
leverage for success later on in life.
In the next twenty, you should begin to put the
experience you have acquired to work, start earning money and
investing the returns gradually.
At the next twenty, you should start withdrawing
progressively from active service and reinvest the returns from your
investments so as to make more money. This will lead you to an early
retirement without stress.
How old are you today? If after assessing your age, and
judging by the above data, you discover that you have outgrown your
present status, then you need to get up and plan how to move your
life forward. You can not afford to live your life the way others who
still have age on their side live theirs. They can afford to waste
more time, but you can not, or else you will waste much more time and
will regret it later on in life.
So, do not delay: Do it now.
NO HOPE IS LOST
If you are already a graduate or you are in your final
year, and you are both wondering and lamenting why you have not
thought of a concrete way to plan your future earlier than now, it is
not yet too late. The situation is not beyond redemption. It can
still be salvaged.
What has happened in the past is not as important as
what can still happen in the future if you are willing to take the
necessary steps. Make a fast start: Begin today. Quit the
lamentation. Fresh graduates who spend today lamenting the mistakes
of their campus days will spend tomorrow lamenting the mistakes of
Get up and do something. You can still rise up to this
challenge. Do not fold your hands and watch things deteriorate the
more. Make things happen. Losers watch things happen but winners make
things happen. Do something about your life before it is too late.
You are the best person to chart the course of your life the way you
want. Nobody will if you don’t.
COLLEGE DEGREES VERSUS INBORN ABILITY
The world is changing by the day. Socio-economic issues
are experiencing transformation by the minute. But the educational
sector is not! The school system is meant to prepare the student for
the real world. But to be candid with ourselves, does it really
fulfill this task?
In the real world, outside the field of academics,
something more than college degrees and good grades is required. Your
inborn ability, dominant potentials, hidden talents, or whatever it
is labeled, matters much more than academics degrees.