SHARING MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCES FACED TO THE STUDENTS WHO DREAMED OF BECOMING FIRST CLASS PRODUCTS.
Alhamdulillah, I am grateful to Allah Subhanahu Wata’Aala for this glaring achievements.
Today I will like to share the following piece of personal experiences with the intending students as a take way from my academic experiences:-
Becoming first class product is a something really impressive not merely difficult at some point in time if the student have zeal and potentials, courage, hardworking and above all patience.
My determination of becoming a first class product started since when from the time I wrote Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination alias Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). I placed in my mind that I wanted to be a successful student and to excel in the course of study chosen in my UTME, so I wrote an exam that will grant me an ability to be in the range of the required cut off marks needed for Post UTME (PUTME).
I have scored above the minimum cut off and that give me a pathway to register for two PUTME thus, in Bayero University, Kano (BUK) aspiring for B. Nursing Sciences and ofcourse KUST Wudil aspiring for B.Sc Microbiology.
As I sat for both PUTME in subsequent times, I have succeeded in having both admissions. First for BUK for which I recieved an admission letter to study B.Sc (Ed) Biology and ofcourse the second admission from prestigious KUST Wudil from which I received an admission letter to study B.Sc (Hons) Microbiology.
I gratefully praises and thanks Allah (Subhanahu Wata’Aala) for both the opportunities granted and pray to go for the best one (Khair).
My mind become more interested in KUST Wudil to go for Microbiology as my course of study. With clean mind and all gratitude to Allah, I proceed with all necessary registration exercises with KUST Wudil in the year 2015.
The first day I put my legs in KUST Wudil as admitted student who will be trained in the study of microscopic living organisms that are beneficial and harmful (Microbiology) at undergraduate level, I remembered my since pronounced top most ambition of becoming successful student who will want to succeed in any chosen carrier and above all to graduate with FIRST CLASS.
I begin to survey the school to see how I will coup with the conditions for it to correspond to my own ambition. Top among the surveillance made was some selected conducive areas that will be good for reading my lecture notes. I surveyed the university library, lecture theatres and halls, university clinic in case I may fall sick, university mosque for observing religious principles and ofcourse the university hostels.
It’s interesting to know the followings as the steps followed to when I was admitted for the fulfilment of my dream of becoming successful First Class student. And the justifications behind this is to give more light and hints that may be useful to the potential students who want to graduate successfully as First Class products.
- RESPECTS TO THE ACADEMIC AND NON ACADEMIC STAFF
One who intends to be successful in his University life must respects his academic staff who tirelessly impart knowledge to him, examine him, record his proceedings, compute his results, recommend his efforts academically, trained him on how to carry out a research, takes him to field trip and many other sacrifices, respects non academic staff who tirelessly handled his personal information and bio data confidentially, responsible for taking care of his health, security, library, guidance and counselling, cleaning the university to look conducive and many other sacrifices. They both deserves respects and prayers.
By respecting them, a student earned 20% of becoming successful in the university.
- RESPECTS TO STUDENTS, COURSE MATES AND STUDENTS LEADERS
Successful students always give respect to their counterparts in other facilities, departments and courses. One may not downgrade the other student’s course of study, this will maintain the peace and harmony within the students. The students leaders always deserve your respects and prayers at all cost for their gigantic effort in dealing with problematic issues of the students day and nights.
By respecting these categories, a student have 10% of his way to success.
- BE YOUR LECTURE NOTES’ GIRL FRIEND OR BOY FRIEND AND LIBRARY FRIENDLY
One who want to be successful in university must choose to wed his lecture notes for a rigorous readings irrespective of time and place or space available for reading. No amount of time and place quantitatively required for reading as a criteria, read in excess to the best of your ability.
Some students might be calling you “Mayen Boko” words like “Kai baka da lokacin komai sai boko” and “Dan college tafi gida” and many other words that may halt you or take your attention somewhere from your handouts.
Some students may become your attention diverters and may even try to have one girl that will joined you for friendships in the process of halting your attention for reading your lectures. Do not panic and don’t fall in the tricks, continue to read without even caring.
University library as the heart of any university need to be ultimately utilized by any student who dreamed of becoming successful. There in the library are the catalogues of knowledge which includes textbooks, journals, newspapers, novels, etc. Sections by sections and even social welfare sections that a student may utilize when stressed out on reading his lecture notes or making research.
It is worth notable to note that a successful student always reserve his or her permanent seat in the university library and ofcourse where you find it simple for most of your academic researches.
By becoming your lecture notes friendly, library friendly, a student reserve 25% of becoming successful in the university.
- KNOW WHEN (THE TIME REFERENCE) YOU READ POTENTIALLY AND PARTICIPATE IN ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES LIKE TUTORIALS
A student who wish to become successful have a time reference selected for his lecture review and revising. Some lectures requires some specific time for reviewing and revising especially those lectures that requires deep cramming and understanding. A student may wish to take the following time reference from my experience for his or her own benefits:
- After Subhi prayer
- After Asr prayer
- After Magrib prayer
- Early cold morning
- From 12 midnight
- Standing or walking sometimes
- Weekend mornings likely
Above time references depends on personal interest and mental capabilities of catching.
For example, student A may have his best reading and cramming time to be after subh and student B may likely have his best reading and cramming time to be a midnight or after asr prayer.
So it’s important for a student who wish to be successful to analyse critically and select his best reading and cramming time for his or her own benefits.
By utilizing this a student have 20% of his successful academic performance in the University.
- BE READY FOR ACADEMIC CHALLENGES (UNINTERRUPTED TESTS, ASSIGNMENTS AND QUIZ), CHALLENGES FROM LECTURERS (GRADES CONFLICTS) AND SOCIOECONOMIC CHALLENGES (STARVATION AND LACK OF FINANCIAL STABILITY)
While struggling to attainment of becoming successful, a student must prepared fully for the intense management of some conflicts which are inevitable in academic life of especially first class intending graduates.
Conflict of grades is one, a student who always care for the fragile CGPA may confidently write Grade A exam and end up having D or C in the results which may impact his CGPA and the student must accept with good faith the grade and move on to challenge another semester and level.
Some lecturers, when they see potentiality of becoming first class in a student, they will explore that potentiality by suffering the student academically so that he or she must have prepared for competing with other first class graduates from different departments, faculties and universities.
Socioeconomic and financial instability on the other hand plays a significant role in determining the students ability to become succeeded academically. Student must prepared fully in dealing appropriately with these factors by patience and perseverance.
These alone consist another 30% of the students potentiality of becoming successful and attainment of his or her academic goals.
- PARTICIPATE IN SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AND HAVE TIME FOR REFRESHMENTS
A student who wish to become successful must balance between his or her academic activities and other social activities in a ratio 70:40 respectively.
Student must always give himself or herself an opportunity to have a refreshments in form of sport activities, social welfare and likely based on guidance and counselling should be able to grab one girlfriend that maybe a subject of his happiness or boyfriend that will be a subject of her happiness as the case maybe, even though it is not necessary especially if it will halt the dream of becoming first class product.
By adopting this, a student preserve 5% of his or her successful landing in the university.
- PASS THROUGH THE UNIVERSITY AND DONT ALLOW THE UNIVERSITY TO PASS THROUGH YOU
In this regard, a student who wish to become successful must have in his mind that he or she was in the University to pass through it and not the University to pass through him or her.
This can be achieved through the followings:-
- Shun way from any form of examination malpractices
- Shun away from any illegal organisations like cult and likes
- Shun away from any form of criminal activities like stealing, killing, fighting, sexual assault, sexual abuse, bestiality, homosexuality, impersonation and others.
- Follow the University guidelines included in the Students handbook
- Be your CGPA friend, take care of it like a pregnant woman at 2nd trimester.
- Follow due and laid rules and regulations of the University, department and faculty.
By doing these and others, a Student preserve 20% of becoming successful student.
- BE PATIENT, HAVE PERSEVERANCE, COURAGE CONFIDENCE, PASSION AND NEVER CEASE TO PRAY AT ALL COST.
The best portion and the tool that holds all your determination and potentials in becoming successful is prayers, patience, confidence, courage and rigorous maintenance.
If you fails in above tools, you hardly succeed in the academic life, you are at chance of becoming a failed student. Don’t panic, be patience, have perseverance, courage, passion, confidence and maintain all to the rigorous.
This alone contributes to 30% of the successful student’s academic life and performances.
I always maintained this in my mind that “IN SCHOOL TO FAIL IS FAR MORE HONOURABLE THAN TO CHEAT OR CAUGHT IN THE EXAMINATION MALPRACTICE” and I can remember some friends and students used to say Prof. Kiru ka matsa da yawa. We just laught together and today we are were we are now.
Alhamdulillah we have succeeded not because we are the best and better than anyone but because we put trust in Allah, read and followed sequentially the laid does and don’t, we exercised patience and maintained prayers.
Zalika fhadlillah, Yutii man Yasha, WAllahu zulfadhlil Azeem !!!
May Allah place in everyone an ability to become successful and succeed in his or her affairs, Ameen.
Thanks for finding your huge time to read !!!
Comr. Umar Mustapha Kiru
(Member Nigerian Society for Microbiology MNSM)
B.Sc Microbiology, Kust Wudil
Wednesday 9th June, 2021.
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