Majority of people, right from a very young age, desire to study one professional course or the other in the higher institution as a result of the kind of orientation they get as kids. This leads a lot of students to making up their minds to become Medical Doctors, Lawyers, Accountants, Bankers, Newscasters, Engineers, etc.
Also, due to peer pressure and the inaccurate advice of friends, students make the wrong choice of what to study in tertiary institutions. It is very common among children to hear something like, “You can talk very much, you need to become a newscaster”, or “You like arguing, you should become a lawyer”, or “You like money too much, you should become a banker” and even “You don’t like to see blood, how do you want to become a doctor?”
Statements like this have helped to shape the thinking pattern of majority of students, negatively, and they end up making the wrong choice of what to study in the tertiary institution…

…Until JAMB changes their destiny.

JAMB is known as the second most frustrating exam body in Nigeria, the first being WAEC. This is due to its ever-consistent habit of “frustrating” students in their quest to gain admission into the University (most especially). The truth about JAMB is that it only shows the student the real world and because they are not ready for the gruesome challenges the real world has to offer, they become frustrated.
Now, part of the blame can be apportioned to JAMB, but the truth is that most students pick the wrong path in the first place, that is why they end up frustrated. You may be good at arguing, but if you do not have the patience to read for a long period of time, at a stretch, you may find it difficult to cope in the Faculty of Law; that you are good with keeping money does not mean you should become a banker or an accountant –if you are not very good at calculating, you may find it difficult to actualize your dream (although, these are not the only defining criteria).
Before you allow JAMB to “change your destiny”, you have to reconsider what that destiny entails in the first place –Do you want to become a medical doctor because your friends want to? Do you want to become a pilot simply because you love the sight of a plane? Do you want to become an accountant because they handle a lot of money? Do you want to become a banker because of the way they always appear in suit and tie? These questions query the primary purpose of your choice of profession, but they do not query the secondary aspect.
After ascertaining that you are not choosing a particular course because of a frivolous reason, you need to question your secondary reason for choosing to study that course. You may love to talk a lot, but when you assess yourself, do you think you have what it takes to become a newscaster? You may be good at calculation, but are you very sure that you would cope studying engineering?
It goes beyond paying attention to the practice; you also need to be capable of conquering the challenges you will face while preparing for practice. A student that wants to become a medical doctor but is doing poorly in Physics and Biology should have a rethink before venturing to sit for UTME. In the same vein, a student who wishes to become an actor/actress should first fall in love with Literature because it may be difficult to study Theatre Arts without having a concrete knowledge of the tenets of literature.
There are a lot of professional courses that keep many students at home for a very long time when, in fact, they could study something else that would be more profitable with a combination of their skill set.
In summary, before you decide to define your course of study in the higher institution, you need to be aware of what it entails both physically, emotionally, psychologically and otherwise. This is the first step.

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