Winning the prize

Posted on Thu, Jul 02 2020

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I officially graduated from my Masters degree program in the year 2019. Although the program ended early 2018. When the school released the convocation ceremony date, I wasn’t really enthusiastic about it because, well, you know, I felt it was no big deal seeing it is my second degree. More so, I was somewhere in the eastern part of the country, with my mother who recovered from an illness as at that time, and also, my friend who had a dislocated her hand. That alone sapped my enthusiasm.

But on a second thought, I remembered all the beautiful life lessons and challenges I encountered during this masters program and then I said “Naaa, this is worth celebrating”.  I could as well go ahead and do yet another program but won’t get the unique yet endearing lessons life taught me. One thing I have decided to be intentional about is to celebrate every WIN; Big or small.

In this masters program? God came through for me big time.I was working and studying at the same time and being the first time I’m doing such, it was a tough one to pull through. The first semester was almost like a joke. My multitasking skill was zero as I could not effectively manage my work and study and other activities in between. I barely had time to study as my job then required me traveling out of the states sometimes to cover events. Thoughts of pulling out of the job to focus on my studies came but when a girl remembers she has bills to pay, you gotta think twice and do it anyhow. More so, I was getting the needed experience from the Job seeing it was in line with my passion.

On days I don’t travel, I come home late, practically worn out. I managed to pull through the first half of the program and when we started the second half, I lost my job. Oops…Luckily for me, I got an accommodation in school so it was much easier for me.

I lost my job today and the next day, I was robbed at computer village, Ikeja, Lagos, on my way to make a purchase. I didn’t know how it happened but when I got to where I wanted to make the purchase, I couldn’t find the money I intend using alongside my small phone. I literally wept like a baby. My friend named Glory saw me with a weary faced and stopped me in my tracks. when she asked what the problem was, I couldn’t control my tears. I wept to her embrace.

 Thereafter, I decided to use the remaining semester to focus on  my studies, hence I wasn’t keen on getting another Job. I rather sought for things I could do from home. Then I started transcription. It wasn’t easy as I was new in the business but I continued regardless. I had a lot of sleepless nights. Yes, my family supported me a great deal, friends were amazing, but I couldn’t live off them for long. I need to be able to pay some bills myself.

Fix your eyes on the Prize!

In this season, I learnt absolute trust in God. Sometimes, I wasn’t sure of where my next meal will come from but He was with me in the midst of all it all. He came through for me BIG TIME. He brought clients and I was getting little cash here and there.

I remembered one night I had no food to eat and we haven’t been paid at work. I had no extra dime. The only money left on me was for transportation to work the next day.  The only raw food left in my cupboard was beans. I finished class late and got home 9pm. I started picking the beans to cook. My room mate praised my tenacity to still cook beans by that time even though I got back from class late.She said I must be a strong woman bla bla bla, of how some people won’t even do what I’m doing. She didn't know that was my last supper and I had zero choice but to cook it. If I had other options, I won’t be doing this Nigerian version of proverbs 31 woman, considering how tired I was.. But, I just gave her a smile and continued picking my beans in peace. 

Towards the end of my research work, my laptop developed battery and keypad issues. It was not funny because I needed to finish on time so I can defend with the first batch. I had to use the money meant for another project dear to my heart to fix the laptop and finish off my research work. But In the midst of these, I kept my eyes on the prize. I have a Masters program to complete. I have a desired grade I want to finish off with. I cannot but keep pulling my resilient strings and keep moving.

And today, I have won my prize: Master of Science(M.Sc.) in Mass Communication, Public relations Major.

It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it.

Moral of story?

I dare urge you to fix your eyes on the prize. Take stock of all the stories that makes up the award winning YOU and keep running with it. For in due time, you will have the podium to tell the world your story; HOW YOU OVERCAME!

In due time, you’ll look back at the challenges and smile at them. They formed the award winning YOU!

Fix your eyes on the prize!

My name is Ijay,

We keep WINNING! 

Author

Faith Ijeoma Ezenwere

Hi there, My name is Faith Ijeoma Ezenwere. I am a Broadcast Journalist/OAP and a teen coach. I am passionate about building a community of impact driven Teens and young adults in all spheres of life. In simple terms, I help Teens/Young adults live their dreams. Welcome to my World!

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