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Story 1: Better Late Than Never (My Education Journey)

2009 was a year filled with excitement and great expectation. I was about to write JAMB Entrance Examination (The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board) so I could qualify and gain admission into the University. I was very prepared for the JAMB test, so when the time came, I scored 225. I was very excited because the cut off mark for the University I was interested in was 180/200.

I traveled to the East for my Post UTME (Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination). I wrote the examination and got admission into the University, to study Public Administration. With great enthusiasm, I started going for lectures and when the time came for our first-semester examination, I prepared myself and wrote the exams with confidence. The results came out the next semester and I couldn’t find mine, so after making inquiries I found out that my result didn’t come out because my registration number was the same with someone in my department. I went to the School Administration to verify and rectify the issue. After rectifying it, I thought it was over and moved on with my academics.

How time flies, before I knew it, I had written my final exams and project in 2013, I was so excited. However, my excitement was short-lived, when I was invited to the School Examination Malpractice Board. To my greatest surprise, they told me I was involved in examination malpractice and was caught by the exam supervisor. So, while my mates were doing their clearance and registering for National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), I was busy going to the Examination Malpractice Board to face the panel, which took about 5 months.

At the end of the interrogation and investigation conducted by the Examination Malpractice Panel, it was discovered that the culprit for the allegation was a student in the mature student program, however, the student was in the same department as me. So I was told to proceed with my clearance and NYSC registration, where I found out that I couldn’t go for the NYSC program because my registration number was the same with some in a different faculty. I was devastated and very frustrated, at that moment my whole world came crashing down.

Questions like “have I wasted all these years for nothing”, “God why me”, “What do I do next”. So I called my Mum and told her everything, She instantly broke down in tears, I could tell she was in so much pain. I was not from a very rich family were going to school again was an easy feat, so imagine my pain and confusion. I shared my problem with some people, they told me that the problem is not a big deal and can be solved if I can pay three hundred thousand Naira. I told my Mum and She was willing to raise up the money to pay, but I refused because there was no guarantee that such an illegal act won’t fail or come back to hurt me.

I traveled home to meet my parents, my Dad asked me what I wanted to do next. I told him that I want to go back to school, He then told me, He has other kids to train in school. I was not discouraged for my mind was made up. I called my Aunt and pleaded with her to give me a lifetime loan by paying for my school fees, then I made a deal with my Dad to take care of my house rent, while I take care of everything else. Just like that, I traveled to the Benin Republic to apply for admission to study International Relations at a private University. I didn’t want to undergo JAMB again or ASUU Strike, because I didn’t want any unnecessary delays. I started my lectures soon after my application process. The lecture hall was very uncomfortable for me, because I was one of the oldest in my class, there were many students as young as 16 years in my class. However, I was not discouraged, I made this choice, so I must see it through.

Around 2016, I received an invitation from my former school in Nigeria that I should come and collect my statement of result. So, I traveled back to the east to get the result, then traveled back to the Benin Republic to complete my program. In the year 2017, I was done with my final exams and project. I came out with a 2.1 Upper-Class Division in International Relations and completed my NYSC program in November 2018. I now hold 2 Bachelor’s Degree.

I am presently working as an Administrator in Federal Capital Territory Administration. The lesson to be learnt here is “Never give up”, “It is better late than never”.

Lesson Learned

“Never Give Up”, “Better Late Than Never”.

About the writer:

My name is Ejiogu Emmanuel Mario, I am from Imo State, Nigeria. I am a graduate of International Relations at ECOTES University. My goal in life is to be a diplomat, an ambassador, a philanthropist, and an entrepreneur. I am a sketch artist, I love art and music.

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66 replies on “Story 1: Better Late Than Never (My Education Journey)”

This story of yours has implanted a new drive in me, that no matter what don’t give up…. Nice one this success story is very commendable

Reading this , I am really moved by this beautiful piece and I can totally relate to it, the author stayed positive , even when the situation would be depressing and he totally know what he wants ……my best part of the story “I called my Aunt and pleaded with her to give me a lifetime loan by paying for my school fees,“” that’s the zeal , I thank God for ya life ??

Wow,thank you so much for sharing this it really taught me alot..never give up,better late than never….nice one

While reading this ,I asked myself “who is sharing my story?” Your piece has proven to the world that there is no excuse for failure . Keep it up ,greater you i pray .

Your story is ever inspiring. Your strength and determination is top notch. With this way you will definitely achieve greater things in the future. I know everything and can relate so well.

Indeed it’s better late than never, at the end it’s doggedness and patience that wins

Nice article brov your story is inspiring…..quitters don’t win and winners don’t quit .. “Better late than never” after first four years of hard work in school despite the out come you didn’t give up coz you’re a winner and thank God at last your life is a success…
Keep it up

Creative one there a motivational storyline to hold on to in times of hope lost. God bless u for motivating me through this

Wow, this story has really make me to understand that giving up, no matter the issues you are facing or face is not the best…. Thanks so much

Emma I look at you every time and I’m constantly reminded that the downfall of a Man Is never the end of his life. I’m constantly motivated When ever I remember ur school issues. I’m proud of you bro ??

I remembered when you said you had to start all over again and you did it, I really admire your courage because I don’t know what I would have done. It’s really inspiring.

Thanks Bruh. Am happy my story will be a source of inspiration to someone out there

Thanks Bruh, our Creator is a Creative person, so am just following in his footsteps.

Without Zeal, without Drive, without focus, Greatness is unattainable. Thank you bruh. We keep pushing till we make it.

Wow,this is really heart breaking.U re truly a star.Destiny can be delayed but never denied.Am happy for you Emeka.Its good you never gave up on your dream.That is why the saying goes GOD IS THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR LIVES.congrats dear.

I never knew you passed through all this and yet your zeal and focus is inspirational,
Reading your story I feel my situation is way too easy, thanks for sharing this, I needed this one.

Only the Dead give up. I am glad you never gave up back then when the future looked hazy.
We must continue!

An amazing, inspirational,movitating write up,the writers focus,zeal,faith,hardwork are super.
More like a super hero, your are an epitome of success everyone should read this story.

Everyone go through challenges, one can’t say his or hers is worse than the other. Thanks dear, I didn’t want to burden people with my problems then in school, am glad my story can motivate u.

You never give up on your self.even when averything turned upside down for happy your dreams come true.

You are a great guy. I love your determination and perseverance. With this story, I know that not giving up is very very possible. Once one is determined and works towards it. Thank you for this awesome story!! I believe in you.

Yes bruh, glad my story can motivate you. Keep pushing until something good happens.????

This was very inspiring.
I applaud your strength!
I’m glad that in the end, God caused it all to work out in your favour.
Great write up!

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