You Don’t Need a Degree

Nigerians seem to have a script they believe everyone’s life must follow. Therefore, there is so much pressure on Nigerian children to grow up and have a university degree, after which they will join the ever increasing team of applicants. Nigerian parents seem to have been brainwashed into thinking everyone must have a university degree if they’d succeed in life. This has been a set-back in the lives of many Nigerians as most secondary school leavers had to spend idle years at home waiting for admission into a university. The increasing private universities have reduced this though, but some school leavers are still home idle while they wait for admission into the university. Yet, Nigerian parents believe the long wait is worth it despite knowing their kids have less than 30% chance of getting a job after graduation.

I believe some courses are best studied in polytechnics, while some people need to shape up their talents out of school, but in Nigeria, school is first. They don’t care what you want or what you’re supposed to do; they care about what you have to do. They think school is the only place where you can learn how to make it in life. School’s good, but there is more to making it in life than just schooling. A lot of people has made it in life and changed the world without a degree lam bang dai hoc chinh quy.

Thomas Edison wasn’t such a brilliant chap in school. He was called “retarded” by a schoolmaster and finished only three months of formal education, yet he changed the world with his inventions.
Albert Einstein, though a genius was so slow in learning. His classmates called him ‘a misfit’ and he earned poor grades in school. He went on to fail his first college entrance exams. Still, he’s one of the greatest names in the history of science.

Benjamin Franklin had only two years of formal education; he still became part of America’s history. Ludwig Van Beethoven, Alexander Graham Bell, Walter Cronkite, Milton Hershey were either illiterates or drop-outs; yet they became a force to be reckoned with in their chosen fields.

My point is this; don’t make school the only way. Have you noticed something you love doing, do easily, or do better than everyone around you? Develop such skill; it may turn out to be your way to the height you are eying. The founder of face book dropped out of school to focus on face book. You may not have to drop out of school to develop what you can do, but don’t overlook any talent you’ve got, it may be a door opener for you.

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