THINGS SCHOOL TAUGHT YOU THAT WERE NOT GRADED

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What if I tell you that school was designed to offer more than just a piece of paper called certificate?

What if I say intellectual prowess is just a tip of icebergs of the benefits the campus offer.

Have you ever wondered why you can’t just sit at home, read medical, law or engineering books and be licenced to practice medicine, law or engineering?

Of a truth, There are certain things that the school (campus life) was designed to teach you but you most likely didn’t pay attention to it or didn’t learn because they were not graded. Here are some of them

1. CONFLICT RESOLUTION
You remember those times your roommates in the hostel, lodge mates, classmates, friends, etc. ran into serious arguments and you ignored it? ’It’s none of my business’ you said.
Actually, you were supposed to use those scenarios to horn your conflict resolution skills but you walked away because you felt it was not your business.

2. HOW TO MANAGE MONEY
You probably might have experienced periods of financial boom and scarcity on campus. It was meant to teach you how to manage a period of abundance and prepare for times of scarcity. You were supposed to learn the first the lessons of money management – no matter the amount of money you have today if you don’t manage it well, it will finish one day.

3. ENTREPRENEURSHIP
“We may not all be entrepreneurs, but we should all be entrepreneurial” – The good thing is, entrepreneurship is more about what you do than what you learn. The school may not teach us entrepreneurship in class but it is designed to activate the entrepreneurial spirit in every student. In my #sencrapatwise model of entrepreneurship, I defined a successful entrepreneur as a person who is #sensitive enough to discover the problems around him; #crazy enough to think he can solve it; #patient enough to go through the pain and process of solving it, and #wise enough to make money from his solution.

I wouldn’t have been able to type this on Facebook and you wouldn’t be able to read it if Mark Zuckerberg had not thought of creating a platform where students can connect while on campus. Imagine how many entrepreneurs we would have had if we had thought of commercializing some final research project. What about the fact that, on campus, we lived with other students who needed one thing or the other? Students faced a lot of challenges, some of which you had the skill and the ability to solve. You even do a lot of free things for students that, if you were wise enough, could have made a business out of. Where a real need meets the solution, entrepreneurship is born and a campus is a perfect place for that.

4. PUBLIC SPEAKING
Can you recall times you were asked to make some presentations, either as an individual or for a group? You most likely delegated the responsibility to someone else in the name of ‘public speaking is not my thing’. Well, that was meant to build your public speaking skills. What about those times you had the opportunity to stand in front of your campus fellowship? They were also platforms to help you learn how to overcome stage fright, make mistakes, and eventually become a pro after four or five years!

Everybody needs public speaking skills, now or later.

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