Dear freshers, supps are real!

By Samuel Musungu
Bottom line: Many individuals at some point ask themselves why they are studying certain courses; they don’t see any relevance in them in any way
I know a good number of you came with a state of mind that ‘we read to come here’. Perhaps I’ll have to assume that you are yet to realize learning is a continuous process; it never stops. My high school teachers used to say that being done with secondary education doesn’t in any way mean you are good to go. In fact, at that point you know nothing. The sign post at the gate karibu umefika signifies a grand entrance to a new race. A race that you have only two options: you either win or win.

Sometimes back, a friend argued that it is close to impossible to get a supplementary in campus. He articulated if you get twenty out of thirty in a take away assignment, it would be pretty easy to score another twenty out of seventy in the main exam. It since dawned to him that supps were no longer just tales, but as real as karma.

Having been an employee for around eight months I can ascertain that at some point you’ll have to apply knowledge learnt in class to execute certain mandates. Other times you’ll find yourself in discussion panels where only ideas are required. Imagine what will happen if you don’t have any.

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Students taking part in group discussion

Many individuals at some point ask themselves why they are studying certain courses; they don’t see any relevance in them in any way. I also thought the same three years ago.

Right now I see that in a very different perspective. Senior Director for Digital and Diaspora Communications Dennis Itumbi said that anything learnt in class can be applied in one way or another in your line of duty. Don’t take it for granted no matter how extraneous it may appear. He said you can find yourself anywhere, whether you had prepared for the task ahead of you or not.

I was also reading a story about a graduate who really wished she had paid attention in class, listened to her lecturers and read as many books as possible while she had time in campus. She was deeply regretting the choices she had made and wished she could have a chance to redeem her. It’s sad that the sole opportunity was long gone.

As an elder, I thought you should be aware as early as this. Some of us had no one to tell us. We had to learn the hard way, of course after erring here and there.

As the saying goes prevention is better than cure, it is as well better to study for that particular course beforehand than to redo it at a later time. It’s a real burden to add yourself an extra course just because you ‘differed with the examiner’ previously.
Comrades don’t fail.

The writer is a final year journalism student.

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