Quality Time Spent at Urban School Orlu: Living and Fulfilling my purpose as a Student

I had an awesome time with the staff and students of Urban Secondary School Orlu on September 14th, 2017. It was an inspiring session and it is aimed at keeping the students and teachers focused as they begin a new academic year. Below were full details of the thoughts i shared with the students.

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Great Urban Students!
I am excited to be in your midst today. Few months ago, I read in the news about the huge academic success recorded by this school in WAEC Examinations. I was so thankful to God for that achievement, but, I was not so surprised owing to the fact that your school is being led by a purpose-driven and highly self-motivated Principal, Rev. Fr. Emma Nwoha.
That has inspired me to reflect with you today on the theme: ‘Living and fulfilling my purpose as a student’ because discovering, living and fulfilling your purpose is a necessity, not
an option. From the beginning of time, God has already destined it that there will be a day like this, and that you will pass through Urban Secondary School, Umuna at this particular period of time.
 And that your encounter with this high profile citadel of learning will open doors of opportunities for you if you put your efforts. Have you ever asked, what’s my purpose of being here? Are am here by accident? Even if you think you are here by accident, please make the best use of it.
To accompany you on this journey of discovery, I want to share two inspiring quotes with you:
1.      ‘Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other’ Abraham Lincoln.
2.      ‘ The quality of your life will be determined by the depth of your commitment to excellence, no matter what your chosen field’ Vince Lombardi

Do you know where you are going to? While many others here have set out what their careers would be, are you still floundering? Or maybe, you have drafted a list of what you want to accomplish in life, but can no longer find where you kept it. 

10 Ways you can live and fulfil your purpose as an Urban Student
1.      Stop negative talks (stop professing negatively about yourself or thinking you are incapable of achieving anything worthwhile). The road to success is always under construction.
2.      Visualize- have a great mental picture of yourself as someone who is capable of making a difference in the world. Believe there are so many unconquered territories you will still discover for the glory of God and good of humanity.
3.       Affirm you know where you are going- don’t be limited by the present situation of things around you. When you wake up in the morning, say loud and clear ‘ I know who I am, I know where I am going, I will live a productive life and I will keep moving towards my goals’ just yesterday, we read in the news  about Nkechi Chidi-Ogbolu; she is one of many Nigerians making our country proud. A graduate at 18, she has made history as the youngest person to graduate from Howard University, Washington, DC USA. Selected to begin a PHD programme at University of California, Davis in September 2017, Nkechi - one of the youngest PHD scholars in the world, is poised to kick off a new adventure.
On her recent visit to Nigeria, Nkechi paid a visit to the MTN Headquarters in Ikoyi and was warmly received by the Corporate Relations Executive, Tobechukwu Okigbo and staff of MTN who had the privilege of receiving autographed copies of her book.
At 18, the fun loving teenager who contemplated dropping out of college at one point has already accomplished what many adults will struggle to achieve in their lifetime.
This go-getter took the SATs and TOEFL at age 13 and received 5 scholarships offering admission to 5 different colleges in the United States. She chose Howard University.
She’s the author of the book, Tales of an Uber Minor in College, which highlights the importance of finding and seizing opportunities, and the important roles friendship, mentoring and family play in shaping our lives.
In the book, she tells stories about her years as an undergraduate at Howard University and goes on to inspire and encourage Nigerian youths to embrace greatness in a world designed to limit potentials.
MTN purchased copies of her book for distribution across primary and secondary schools in a bid to encourage and inspire young scholars to dream big and reach for the stars.

She’s the author of the book, Tales of an Uber Minor in College, which highlights the importance of finding and seizing opportunities, and the important roles friendship, mentoring and family play in shaping our lives.

In the book, she tells stories about her years as an undergraduate at Howard University and goes on to inspire and encourage Nigerian youths to embrace greatness in a world designed to limit potentials.

1.      Pray – You cannot do without prayer; prayer is the master key. John 15: 5 ( cut off from me, you can do nothing)
2.      Know Yourself – the more you get to know yourself, the better you will perform. Don’t think you will perform at the same time or way others did. Your passions and talents are quite different from them, but keep working hard.
3.      Write down your plans – your life should have a clear set of short and long term goals. Write them down now, and start working on them one step at a time. Your goals should reflect your passions and values.
4.      Track yourself – review your goals weekly, and decide on next steps. Check whether you are making progress or not.
5.      Be grateful – a thoughtful heart is a thankful heart. Thank God for what He has done for you, and thank also the people that are helping you to realize your goals. Few days ago, I read the following updates from the Principal’s facebook page: ‘THE BEST GIFT ‘THIS YEAR. Udochukwu, Livingstar and Ihechi baked this cake which is their first fruit and product of their long vacation skill acquisition. I was actually moved to tears when they told me in my office that the cake is a symbol of their love for me and the motivation that led to their acquisition of great skill during their holidays. My only joy is that life has been transformed and they remembered to say thank you for what we are doing. I can now sleep in peace because my sufferings and sleepless nights are not in vain’. Kudos to these students, God bless their destinies. They are perfect example of what I am saying, ‘ being grateful’
6.      Forget the past- relieve yourself from past worries. Stop living in the past. This is the best time to take charge of your life. If you think you weren’t given the best guide in life by your parents, teachers and mentors- please forgive them, move ahead and take responsibility of your life. You can do better.
7.      Be happy and be positive-minded – watch what you say. Keep writing down your action plans and goals, and start putting them into action. Feel good about it.
 Great Urban students, dream big, think big and zoom to the top where life is less congested. Acquire quality education today, because it cures all ills of life. Keep learning new strategies, seeking new knowledge and honing your skills. Resolve to be the best of your peers, challenge yourself and commit to excellent pursuits.
Successful Pursuits and why most students fail
Success is defined as an accomplishment of a purpose or an aim. Just like education, you don’t wake up one day and become successful. There is no shortcut to excellence. It is not a destination, but a journey.
Purpose-driven pursuits will propel you to reach your highest potential and design an amazing lifestyle overflowing with success. To become extremely successful, you need an elaborate goal setting.
There are many classifications of success, but the one that I subscribe for is the one that says ‘Success’ stands for:
S- Select your goals
U- Unlock your potentials
C- Commit your plans to God
C- Chart your course
E- Expect problems
S- Stand firm to your commitment, and
S- Surrender everything to God
Why most students fail
·         Lack of personal direction or mentors
·         Lack of confidence
·         Laziness
·         Procrastination
·         Family,  peer or relationship issues
·         Drug addictions
I want to gladly conclude with Abraham Lincoln’s letter to his son’s teacher
I feel immensely grateful talking about this man. I believe that the wordings of this letter will redefine our purpose and enable us to set our records straight. Here are the contents of the letter:
‘My son starts school today. It is all going to be strange and new to him for a while and I wish you would treat him gently. It is an adventure that might take him across continents. All adventures that probably include wars, tragedy and sorrow. To live this life will require faith, love and courage.

So dear Teacher, will you please take him by his hand and teach him things he will have to know, teaching him – but gently, if you can. Teach him that for every enemy, there is a friend.

He will have to know that all men are not just, that all men are not true. But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero, that for every crooked politician, there is a dedicated leader.
Teach him if you can that 10 cents earned is of far more value than a dollar found. In school, teacher, it is far more honorable to fail than to cheat. Teach him to learn how to gracefully lose, and enjoy winning when he does win.

Teach him to be gentle with people, tough with tough people. Steer him away from envy if you can and teach him the secret of quiet laughter. Teach him if you can – how to laugh when he is sad, teach him there is no shame in tears. Teach him there can be glory in failure and despair in success. Teach him to scoff at cynics.

Teach him if you can the wonders of books, but also give time to ponder the extreme mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun and flowers on a green hill. Teach him to have faith in his own ideas, even if everyone tell him they are wrong.

Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd when everyone else is doing it. Teach him to listen to everyone, but teach him also to filters all that he hears on a screen of truth and take only the good that comes through.
Teach him to sell his talents and brains to the highest bidder but never to put a price tag on his heart and soul. Let him have the courage to be impatient, let him have the patient to be brave. Teach him to have sublime faith in himself, because then he will always have sublime faith in mankind, in God.

This is the order, teacher but see what best you can do. He is such a nice little boy and he is my son’

Finally, here is a great rule for success, let this letter encourage you to be the best you can ever be!