To become a succeeding student who eventually
graduates into a successful graduate is not
always an easy task otherwise we will have less
failing students, and the number of jobless plus
incompetent graduates won’t be alarming.
The challenge I see on Nigerian campuses is that
of a situation where many students are negligent
of the reason(s) for which they’re in school and
the fact that their actions or inactions are
closely linked to what could come next after
To help you overcome this challenge, here are 5
questions you should provide sincere answers to.
You might want to write them down along with
the answers and review some of it periodically
because life itself is a learning process; we learn
and unlearn every day.
1. Why are you in school?
Are you in school to gain knowledge?
Is it because of the certificate?
Or could it because you wish to be able to
secure a great job and a good life after
You might easily pop out answers that sound like
the ones above however, I’ll want you to
critically review your answer(s) because
providing a sincere and the right answer will
definitely influence the things you do, the way
you act as a student and the things you consider
2. What is your background?
What kind of home do you come from? Do you
know your roots?
Going through school conscious of the ‘home you
come from’ is important.
If where you come from provides you with no
uncles or aunties who can reserve a federal
government job for you then you might want to
sit up and reject the lifestyle of your classmates
who have their future worked out because
they’ve got family members in high places.
While a student, I knew that an extra year was
never an option because it was clear that there
was no provision for extra school fees hence an
extra year meant I’ll have to pay the fees myself.
To become successful, you need to be true to
yourself. Don’t spend your life on campus as
though you were born with a silver spoon when in
the real sense you were born with no spoon at
3. What is success to you?
As you journey through school it is crucial for
you to write down what success will look like at
the end of the journey.
State what you’ll need to have at the end of your
school that will make you feel successful. This
will help to keep you away from being distracted
by the successes of others.
Create a mind picture of who you will look like
and the things you’ll possess at the end of your
Will having a grade point average of 3.5 be
success for you? Will finishing with a business
venture along with good grades be success for
4. Why will you succeed?
Don’t just fanaticize about how successful you
intent to be after school.
Why do you think you will achieve your goals?
Answering this question will provide you with an
arsenal of strategies you will work with to
achieve your answer to question 3.
The best way to go about answering this
question is to use the 2 magical words: ‘if…
For example if success for you is graduating with
a second class upper, then the question to ‘why
will you succeed’? Can be like:
If I maintain a GP of 3.5 every semester, then I
can graduate with a second class upper.
5. What should come next after graduation?
What will you want to do next after leaving
I get to see many students graduate into
confusion. They finish school and start
wondering what next to do. Many also find it
difficult in knowing what next to do because they
failed to prepare for ‘the next life after school’.
The number one reason why knowing what you
will want to do next immediately after graduation
is important is because now is the best time to
Will it be a second degree, Postgraduate studies,
Job-hunting, or Entrepreneurship?
When you don’t know what you want to do, you
can’t plan or prepare. You should know by now
that getting out of school ill prepared is no
Decide on what you’ll want to do next after
graduation and start to plan for it.
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