Today, 19th January, 2016, the first lot of graduates have been commissioned at Makerere University and the nostalgia is real to all those that have walked this road before.
A mixed thrill of uncertainty and accomplishment takeover as you pat yourself on the back for the long years finally paying off. The shadow question of “What next lurks behind the smile” comes handy.
Before I go any further, Congratulations upon this great accomplishment, the course works, sleepless nights and research (if you actually made effort) have been worthwhile.
Your parents and guardians must be stunned and welling up with joy. For those who xeroxed and googled their way, that’s a topic for another day but all the same, well done.
Life at campus is fleeting besides those tough receptionists who make you beg literally for your exam slips and bank slips, missing marks, improptu tests you know what I’m talking about but trust me that doesn’t even compare to life outside.
As you celebrate allow me share with you a few things many of us, your elders wish we had been told of before we wore those heavy yet glorious gowns.
The manna has stopped flowing, welcome to Canaan. In simple terms, life has begun. Gone are your days as a baby, weaning has stopped and you have to fend for your own now.
For some reason, as your dear parents/guardians rejoice with you, a certain level of ban on how much you receive from them as far as financial hand outs may immediately stop or will slowly become a thing of the past.
Before you have probably been able to lie your way out of broke-ness. From this moment on, those luxuries and lies may fall on deaf ear but be of good courage.
Life is indeed a garden and how you cultivate it onwards matters .You would surely love to look back and be glad you made sound decisions or be so full of regret that you didn’t make the right choices.
Not all of you will get married immediately after campus. There has been that saying that “one ought to leave MUK with two degrees, a bachelors and a future spouse”.
Well seeing the latest trends of friend zoning and the like not to sound pessimistic but you all may not get married as you had thought.
Remember those high school days when they tell you, to keep yourself for the right person? well that right person may be found later in the market place, at a church event etc so do not despair thinking that maybe you are cursed for having left university as a single lad/girl.
The hassle is for the skilled not the learned. Let’s face it, with Uganda’s education system, you can only do yourself a favor and get as many skills as you can on your own but a mere degree may not exactly sell you.
The journey on streetology may seem long but don’t give up, harness as may skills as you can from as little as volunteering to do what many of your peers may consider uncool to going in for a professional course. Work on yourself so that you may stand out from a normal Ugandan graduate.
The government owes you nothing! Not to sound like I’m judging but there’s a mentality among many youth that they are entitled to stuff, the government owes them jobs because they have studied etc.
News flash, life on these streets is a personal journey. Of course that does not mean you need to walk alone but the honey moon of “Tusaba government Etuyambe or we will strike” does not work neither does it avail you much.
Realize that every choice you are taking and whatever you purpose to achieve will affect you more than it will all those around you.[related_posts]
Relationships are everything, not limiting this to the typical boy/girl type. Here I mean whoever you network with will either push you to greater heights or pull you down.
Make as many partners in terms of career, social networks etc as you can. You just might never know how far one can take you.
With those few words, allow me welcome you to the real world!