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Who says you can’t eat your cake and have it?

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By,  Nkechi  Ibeneme

The old cliché; “You can’t eat your cake and have it” is fast waning, especially in relation to school-work balance. You can actually still be in school and pursue your passion at the same time and with a dint of hard work, excel in both. We live in a fast paced world and waiting until you finish with school before chasing your dream is ‘so yesterday’ and counterproductive. Instead of claiming ‘student’ and whiling away time on social media, watching television endlessly and visiting friends, you can actually make something out of life by productively applying your spare time in pursuit of your dreams and in building a career.

Gone are the days when (proactive) people wait for school to be over before trying to figure out what the next step would be for them. As you take a step, try to anticipate the next step, and the next, and the next, far into the foreseeable future. In other climes, students have the opportunity to work while studying. They are allowed manageable work hours so they can earn small pocket monies to augment whatever their parents give to them. Needless to say that the hands-on experience also comes handy when they are done with school. What’s more? Students have access to ‘student loans’; a welfare provision by their government to help all those who want to go to school but could not afford it.

Unfortunately, the same opportunity does not exist in Nigeria. Here, graduates find it extremely difficult to secure reasonable jobs, which is why thousands of them roam the streets in search of non-existent jobs (and are wrongly referred to as being ‘lazy’ by their forebears). Seeing that those who are ahead of you are ‘miserably un-employed’ and seeing that the same fate is likely to befall you; the wise thing is to try and take your destiny into your own hands and work to create a desirable future for yourself. The best time to make hay is now that the sun of your life is still shinning – you are young and have your whole life ahead of you. Deploy your spare times and holidays to building yourself; learn a skill, explore your talent or even learn a trade. Just do something other than school – you never know where your success lies.

Every great achievement or invention starts as a mere dream. If the ‘dreamer’ acts promptly and hard enough on this dream, it soon becomes a reality. Looking at the lives of great men and women who have distinguished themselves in the areas of Science, Politics, Literally works, Entertainment and all other fields, one would discover that they have two outstanding things in common; VISION and RESILIENCE. They all had dreams which they pursued vigorously, never giving up despite obstacles, until they achieved them. Today, their dreams are impacting the world.

Now that you are young, dare to dream. Reach out and conquer the world. Once you can dream it, you can achieve it!

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