Exit The Corridors Of Knowledge And Start Real Education.
Fear. Oh! Did I say fear? Yes I did. Fear, a phobia, is what most students in their fourth years dread. When you first join school at any level, you anticipate for nothing but the best. In first year perhaps, the lecturers lecture you on how wise a decision you have made. Out of college, you will likely work in a different field than the one you studied.
In high school for instance, I remember the teachers there insisting that, “school is a place where men are made out of boys.” This was borrowed from Half a day short story in Half a Day and Other Stories; an anthology.
According to the man I am today, I will alter the already mentioned statement. This is for all the finalist in all levels. Understand that secondary schools makes teenagers out of young boys. Universities makes young men out of teenagers and life makes real men out of young men.
In other words, the greatest learning and education is what you get past your college days. Why do I say so? You spend around eighteen years to clear the 8-4-4 system and you spend the rest of your life drinking from the cup of real life education.
So what do you expect of the life past campus?
I am not sure if my experience is the same as that of others. Never the less, some things are common. They could be called the “rules of the game” momentarily. I hope they could not tarry with the progression of time. Of course they will and things will be better hopefully. Remember, it is hope that drives the life after campus. That is rule number one.
In the new life, you have to forget about teachers. I mean human teachers for that case. Your new teachers will be experiences. In school you learnt about, “once bitten twice shy.” In life you will practice and experience it. This is the moment you wish someone gave you a test to write a composition about it and prove the world that you were not dumb after all rather naive and ignorant.
In your life after campus, you will learn more from own experiences as opposed from people. Rule number two.
While I was in campus, I trusted people a lot. In secondary school, I trusted people even the more. Now I am past college and am not usually sure if I trust people. I have ended up trusting far less people than you could imagine. The reason is simple, new experiences with people alter your new perception of them and hence trust issues becomes slippery.
Be prepared to trust very few people. Some friendship will disappear because of trust issues. If you realize it is only God you trust; that is ultimately golden. Rule number three.
Immediately after college, just like I said in the article preceding this, we forget our dear friends. It is not going to change. Those dear classmates will carve their own paths. Accept this, that in as much as you will try to keep in touch, time will overwork you unless it is mutual effort from both of you.
You will make new friends and loose some of the college ones. Accept it as a fact and live with it. Remember the world has close to seven billion people. Don’t fear about friends. Rule number four.
Last week in a short discussion with my friend, Miss Flavian Asuma, I recalled an earlier discussion I had with her. I told her that she might not end up working in social development as her profession dictates. She might end up wearing a lot of hats. You understand what I mean? Ok she might end up wearing different shoes in her career path. As technology advances perhaps the world will need more human help than machines since they don’t have “the human feelings.” Good news to her. But then new challenges will bring up new opportunities far from our professions. You could be a psychologist, a social worker, a business person or something far from what you studied in college.
Don’t be too rigid on your profession. The job market of the future will need people who can do more than one job. Prepare yourself for that “shock.” Be flexible and better still be ready to absorb it. Rule number five.
Finally in my few rules about life after college, I tackle fear. I started by talking about fear. Rule number six states that “don’t fear to take risk. Don’t fear to move out of your comfort zones. Don’t fear to experiment. You could be losing a lot of opportunities by not trying.” Remember this rule always.
My friend Flavian Asuma, young brother Jackson Ndege, and all people in or beginning their final life in college, fear fear itself. Maim fear. Conquer the world and soar greater heights my great buddies.
As I have always said to most of my friends, read books. Not just books but books others don’t read. I am sure things will never be the same. You will have to discipline yourself to read a lot, to develop passion for the work you do and to finally have a lot of hope and faith. Those two drive the world. Remember you leave behind your lovely teachers and become your own teacher. Learn to discipline yourself.
By Geoffrey Ndege with guest additions by Flavian Asuma and typing work by Jackson Ndege.