I dislike school, didn’t like library – Caleb varsity first-class graduate

cbec humphrey ifezue
cbec humphrey ifezue

I am from Nawfia in the Njikoka Local Government Anambra State. I have two siblings, an elder brother, and a sister. I am 24 years old.

I feel very excited. I wasn’t expecting to be a first-class graduate; I intended to do my best and come out with a good result. Although I wanted a first-class degree I never chased it.

I first hit the first class division in the first semester of my 100 level at school. I had a grade point average of 4.78 and that was what inspired me to do more.

I don’t think they really impacted my university. I was an average student in my secondary school. I was more in the 10th or 11th position in my class. I wouldn’t say my secondary school was what inspired me. I would say it was the dedication that I put into Computer Science because it is a course I love. It changed my story at the university.

They were excited about it. I think they were very excited when I made my first 5.0 GPA. They encouraged me.

That is very true. He gave the overall best female undergraduate, overall best postgraduate student, and me a cheque of N5million each. When he was offering the cheque, he also mentioned that there was automatic employment if we were interested. Two of us showed our interest and we were each offered an employment letter too.

I felt so excited; it felt like my prayers had been answered. I wasn’t present when he mentioned it. I came late to the convocation. It was after the programme that my friend – the overall best female graduate – informed me about it. At first, I wasn’t sure I was among them because I was the second-best, so I thought it was just for the overall best student. But I got confirmation from my vice-chancellor. I was excited because I have never received such an amount.

Yes, the cheque has been cleared. Also, I received the employment letter as he promised. I was excited knowing well that the money will help with a lot of expenses with moving my plans forward.

I will use the money to go further in my education overseas in cyberspace. I plan on taking a professional cyber security course.

As a little boy, I loved operating gadgets. I have always been fascinated by how individuals communicate with each other through a cell phone and the operations carrying out the transmission of our voices from one part of the world to another. I was curious about the field. I wanted to know more and how I can use it for my benefit. I will say my curiosity about the field attracted me.

I’ve been interested in computers since I was in elementary school. We entered an era when everything we used on the internet was based on trust and had a lot of access that should never have been allowed. So, with all of the evil people who began accessing the internet and causing havoc, I saw it as an area that needed more people to help stem the tide and stop people from doing bad things. I also wondered how communications worked and I was so curious to know.

Cyber security has a networking aspect which brought me to Computer Science; cyber security is not just about communication but at an advanced level. I am interested in cyber security. It deals with the protection of data, while in transit or static. It involves computer networking, which brings me back to my early age curiosities. It’s also a lucrative profession. It is a good course because it protects all categories of data from theft and damage.

It is relevant in every country, not only in Nigeria. It is relevant in terms of confidentiality, and the accessibility of your communication in a secured manner. It is the protection of computer systems and networks from information disclosure. Nigeria is the second-most corrupt nation in West Africa. More cyber security expertise can aid in checking corrupt practices.

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My first semester was challenging. I was trying to figure out how to navigate the school and its rules. Making new friends was difficult because I was always indoors.

Well, I will agree in the sense that larger class sizes mean less individualised attention. But still, it depends on individuality. Attending a public university doesn’t mean one cannot come out with good grades. I agree that the educational system in public universities is poor, in the sense that the learning environment is not conducive, and the lecturers are unconcerned. A lot of distractions living off campus can be a factor. But, I still feel the result will be the same if the students are focused on what they want. So, I disagree with the saying.

I don’t think I had a particularly trying moment; every day was challenging, but it was an opportunity to build on my past achievements. There was a struggle of always waking up every day to meet up with classes, though it helped because I never missed a class.

I didn’t have a specific study method. I will say attending class was a study method because I always pay attention to lectures. I didn’t really visit the library; in fact, I will say I visited the library once. I don’t like using the library because it is too quiet for me. I’m fascinated by technology, and I do a lot of research on it for fun rather than for school. I believe that helped me a lot in classes because I already had an idea about most of the computer-related courses in school from my research. I also never missed a class. I benefitted from my lectures as well. I did the research for fun not to pass exams. I am not the reading type, I only read when I have exams. I try to cover up the course outline.

Laziness in getting up early to get to class on time and attending classes. I dislike school. But even though I dislike school, it is necessary so I had to study but I never liked doing it.

Not at all; we all know how the Lagos traffic is. I came late to the convocation because there was heavy traffic.

Hard work pays in all that we do because even when you have a flair for something and you don’t put in some effort, you can’t achieve anything.

No, they didn’t because when I was at 100 level at Caleb University, my first semester GP was 4.79. That was when they encouraged me and said they knew I was smart enough and that I could achieve it (first class).

Yes, I am. My siblings graduated in the second-class upper division.

I would not have felt good about it, because I see it as a waste of time. My mindset about education would be changed because seeing my mates graduating would make me feel I have remained in a particular spot. It is like a downfall.

I will advise them to learn a skill or trade. They should get busy doing something. This is an opportunity for them to acquire something different from their course of study. By the time such a student graduates, they must have acquired something new.

No, I have not started but very soon, I will. I am still working on the process. I wasn’t posted to Lagos for the National Youth Service Corps programme, so I am working on the process. I need to complete my relocation.

I think I am good at teaching because I once taught my class for a particular project but I don’t think I will be a lecturer because I am naturally shy.

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