Just as we were getting adjusted to the melting and deflated numbers that were our economy, ASUU decided it was time to bang the hammer, it was time to once again to delay our various intended careers indefinitely
I, for one am an unbeliever when it comes to idleness. I do not believe in whiling away time and chilling away the recession plus a bonus, the strike while my parents keep toiling to make ends meet and eventually support my way back to school. That in itself, is as tiring to my ever agile mind as labouring physically, and not half as rewarding. So I embarked on a research, a quest to get the most out of the least of my moments, it was a lucrative and eye-opening one believe me. So I thought why not share with all the millions of Nigerian students out there trying to be productive and actually achieve something while ASUU do their business. Who knows, it may be a blessing in disguise.
If you get to read these tips, know that it is for the consumption of all and any as there is no use in withholding any information that may be beneficial to us all. So here are some tips that may make this strike period and on the long run, any free period you may get in the future more productive than you have ever bargained for…what’s more, you already know them.
1, FIND YOUR TALENT/ STRONG POINT
It may sound too easy to those whose talents are apparent or too vague to those who feel they have none but read on.
If you have already discovered the special ingredient in your humanity that makes you, you, congratulations! But do you know that you may have more talents than one. I know of a lady who is an excellent painter, her drawings literally have life, they speak to you. When she writes, you get transported into the reality she has created and when she sings, sirens get jealous. She is multi-talented and she has them all discovered. If this lady propagates only these unique qualities, it is safe to say she has found her talents. But she can do more, she can, with her creativity be a make-up artist, fashion designer, sculptor, creative writer , an endless list. This is finding talent within talent.
So if you feel you are good with music, chances are you will be an excellent poet. If you are good with colours, interior designer perhaps. Your forte might be technologically inclined, you might with a little bit of polishing make mad website designs or super usefull mobile apps or ground breaking technological discoveries.
For those who feel they do not have any, and believe me they are plenty, you do. I believe everyone has a talent just that some are patent while others are latent. You might have even discovered your talent but have dismissed it as minor or unimportant, you want a popular one like writing.
I know of a person who made dollars plaiting hair, yes cornrows!. That is her talent and she made the most of it.
It might be your organizational skills, or ability to persuade, or being a great orator, or you just have a mind that can strategize. Look into your inner self and find that thing you are really good at without even trying.
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2, ACT ON YOUR TALENT/SET UP YOUR BUSINESS
What is the use of buying a rod if you don’t fish with it? Discovering your talent is only important if you act up on it.
A lot of people die not knowing what they are capable of doing but what is more painful are the ones who die knowing what special thing they can do but not harvesting from it.
Make sure that you tap into that special feature to it’s fullest which if you look, is never too much.
Use this opportunity and make money painting, writing, designing software, cooking, playing football, tailoring, or just business.
Applying for and securing internship with an office in your intended area of specialization is perhaps one of the most productive ways of juicing the most out of this period. Law Students for example can be interns in Chambers were they can get knowledge no class can teach them, medical students would best be fit in a hospital, examining how things are actually done and gaining so much experience without as much stress as an actual ward round. Though payment is not guaranteed, the beneficial knowledge gained is almost better.
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Get a carpentry workshop or car repair centre or any place were vocational trades are practiced and attach yourself to them, forget about the fact that you are pursuing a degree, this is entrepreneurship in practice. Learn the dynamics and tools of the trade, your degree might not always be what you use to pay the bills.
Youth have been driven to the farmlands by recession like cattle by it’s shepherd, one of the few things we might consider to be actual blessings out of the economic mess. You can hire a farmland, use yours if you have one or make use of your parent’s or relative’s farms and plant something seasonal, you will be surprised how much you can make at the end of the harvest…or strike as the case may be.
Bottomline, don’t wait for ASUU to decide when you start making us of your life, they are known to take forever in calling off their strike, as much as we pray this isn’t one of those long, boring ones, we can never be too safe.
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