A TRUE LIFE STORY ON ADMISSION
“Your success in life is not a function of what life throws at you, but what you make out of it” – Evabor
THE DREAM & DETERMINATION
I have always had a dream of becoming a medical doctor since I was a child. It was so much my desire that I had a nick name from my family members. They called me Dr. Kpekpesco.
Fast forward few years into the future, I had just written post UTME at the prestigious University of Benin to study medicine after scoring 242 in JAMB.
I was so excited when I was informed that the admission list had been released because like most confident secondary school scholars, I believed I had blast the post UTME and medicine shouldn’t pass me by.
On checking my admission status I was so happy when I saw “provisionally admitted” with post UTME score of 55 but my joy soon turned to tears when I scrolled down the screen and saw admitted course of study: SOIL SCIENCE (AGRICULTURE).
ENCOURAGEMENT & RESOLUTION
Frankly speaking, in my wildest imaginations I never imagined people go to the University to study farming. However with encouragement coming from my parent I decided to accept the admission.
My first year in school was highly depressing as I had to hide from family and friends in order not to spill the bad news to them that I was studying agriculture in the University.
At that time, studying agriculture was viewed by many as settling for poverty for life.
You could imagine the inferiority complex I felt when I stood with other students from law, engineering, medicine, nursing and even the sciences (physical and life sciences). This frustration prompted me to take jamb a second time to switch to medicine.
DON’T JUST GIVE UP BUT MAXIMIZE WHAT’S AT HAND
However, this time I was offered Zoology. It felt like going from worse to worst. Meanwhile, I had tried as much as possible to give my 100 level in agriculture my sincerest best not because I loved agriculture then, but because my mother had spent so much on my fees and all. I even went as far as applying for scholarships.
In 200level, my 100 level result was released and I was blessed to get a 4.0 GPA as well as a scholarship award from Shell Petroleum Company. Thank Jesus for grace. That was my consolation to push on and continue with agriculture for one more year.
YOUR NETWORK IS YOUR NET-WORTH
I had very good friends with whom I agreed to write jamb one last time. Eventually, my friends got medicine and dentistry but I had opted out after writing the jamb. So I was stocked and left alone to study agriculture. Just then I realized nothing was a mistake, it’s all part of God’s plan.
WHAT’S YOUR WHY?
I realized I wanted to become a medical doctor because I was made to believe doctors were more successful and respected in the society. I realized my success in life was not a function of my course of study but a product of my substance as an individual.
I saw God had given me an opportunity to be an undergraduate and I couldn’t afford to take it for granted. This was my turning point.
HARD WORK IS KEY
Through hard work, diligence, self-confidence, right associations, discipline and grace I went on to graduate from the University of Benin with First Class Honours in soil science and land management.
ACCEPTING THE OFFER MIGHT BE A GOOD STEP
Today, I have been opportune to work with a leading international research institute, the International Institute of Agriculture (IITA) during NYSC.
I have met with heads of states, ministers of Agriculture, and the president of Africa Development Bank on agricultural platforms and by God’s grace, I am a cofounder/CEO of an agricultural company known as the GREENFIDENCE Farms and Agribusiness which is aimed at wealth generation and training of young people in agribusiness and by God’s Grace I’m making my little impact in my field.
My advice to students seeking admission is to first discover their passion and go for what they want rather than what the society wants.
Then give it your best shot and don’t leave any energy behind. Give it your best and when you are admitted, learn to love what you are studying.
It starts from your passion. And here passion can be developed. You can become the best and anything you imagine if only you will BELIEVE it and KEEP WORKING AT IT.
Above all, always put God first for it is He who gives grace. I wish you success on your journey to greatness”.