University Of Port Harcourt sending off 5473 students with 78 amongst them graduating with First Class was actually a milestone, but Prof. Abioye Isaac had this narrative:
“Academic excellence is overrated! Did I just say that? Oh, yes, I said it.
Being top of your class does not necessarily guarantee that you will be at the top of life.
You could graduate as the best student in Finance but it doesn’t mean you will make more money than everybody else.
The best graduating Law student does not necessarily become the best lawyer.
The fact is life requires more than the ability to understand a concept, memorize it and reproduce it in an exam. School rewards people for their memory. Life rewards people for their imagination. School rewards caution, life rewards daring.
School hails those who live by the rules.
Life exalts those who break the rules and set new ones.
So do I mean people shouldn’t study hard in school? Oh, no, you should. But don’t sacrifice every other thing on the altar of First Class.
Don’t limit yourself to the classroom.
Do something practical. Take a leadership position.
Start a business and fail. That’s a better Entrepreneurship 101.
Join or start a club
Contest an election and lose. It will teach something Political Science 101 will not teach you.
Attend a seminar
Read books outside the scope of your course.
Go on missions and win a soul for eternal rewards….
Do something you believe in!
Think less of becoming an excellent student but think more of becoming an excellent person.
Make the world your classroom!”
I love this piece and I urge you to take it seriously.