GETTING PREPARED OR STAYING PREPARED; MY EXPERIENCE FROM O.H.S 701 TEST BY MASTERPIECE DAVID OLAWADE.
Be your brother’s keeper. Please don’t let my father see this article neither should anyone share it with my mentors and role models because when they read my experience they would assume am not serious with my masters’ programme. Lol, I am trying my best and have to confess this experience and the lessons would be a blessing to some one.
Thursday, May 11th, a memorable day I won’t forget. A day to recogn with and remember for the lesson has become a caption for this article.
After facing the mountain of E.M.S 721 (Principles Of Epidemiology) test on Wednesday (a day before), the test shows that there is little or no association between my moments of reading and the questions of the test. My reading was like an independent variable while the questions was the main exposure I couldn’t run away from.
Like other students, I did a compulsory vigil which became an effect modifier to my tiredness that night. Thoughts of;
“E.M.S 721 test is gone”,
“Dr. Adedokun’s AOC for the test was the cofounder that hindered me and many from concentrating on other strata of the course”,
“Did I experience a Recall Bias while writing?
“Now I know the strata of the course I need to give more attention and intervention”,
“my reading all night is not statistically significant, so chance which is my faith is an explanation for success because my confidence level was low during the test”.
After sleeping over my thoughts, Thursday came with its own surprise for all offering O.H.S 701 as everyone was about doing his or her business for the day. I got to class in the morning to attend the first lecture, I overheard some folks saying;
“I am not supposed to be in class today after yesterday’s ordeal”.
“How was your test and hope you were able to write something”.
“I should have read cohort studies, my spirit was telling me to do so”.
“Dr. Adedokun shouldn’t have made the questions that way, that was not what I expected”.
Lol, when I heard this I said to myself; “am not the only one ooo”. As I continue to ponder on the reactions of others, the day continued with series of lectures as everyone finally maintained a learning mood even though some of the things we hear sounds like Spanish to some of us.
At about 1p.m that afternoon, we received our guest of the day. Prof. Asuzu came with a news which became an headline that continued resounding in our ears for moments. He said, “all those offering O.H.S 701 (Occupational Heath Service) should prepared by 3pm for an exercise (Test).
This is a rollercoaster! A Boomerang! A backlash of the highest order! We exclaimed. Many started considering the amount of school fee they paid with a mindset of “failure is not an option even when not prepared, school fee is at stake”. Some ran to the course representatives of the departments involved to see the feasibility of telling the lecturer to postpone the test so that we could prepare.
All efforts for the test postponement was to no avail as the amiable Prof. stood his ground. The clock ticked faster than before on our mind as it done on us that we have less than two hours to make all our crooked learning ways straight.
Men like Masterpiece David Olawade and co missed the next lecture scheduled for 1-2pm so as to get familiar to the course as we believed that we are getting prepared for the test.
As it shall be when rapture and the second coming of Christ shall be, many wished and were rendering silent prayers in their hearts for the professor not to come. Suddenly at about 3:08pm, the professor appeared with two other personels with an envelope contained with answer booklets.
He lectured for about 20 minutes even though many of us were not paying attention because the anxiety of the test was really getting us wondering. After the lecture, the test began, everyone wrote what he or she could write because no man can write beyond what he knows except he leverages on the supernatural.
THESE ARE THE LESSONS
ALWAYS STAY PREPARED, EVERY DAY IS AN EXAMINATION DAY AND EVERYWHERE IS YOUR EXAM VENUE.
I realized that as many were panicking, some folks who had been reading were not. They just proceeded to the next lecture and walked confidently to the hall to have the test done.
My beloved scholar, Emmanuel Atukpor (never have I met a young genius like him) once said “my best moment in school are always examination period because I always have the privilege to prove that I have always been prepared to have distinctions and excellent results, when it’s exam time, I rejoice”.
Hmmm, when some of us would say; “school is really nice but it’s examination that makes it boring”, “am allergic to exams”, “I wish exams are not compulsory”. I know I have people like me reading this article, so don’t make me feel strange. Lol.
Some years ago someone asked me; “why do you spend so much money and time to buy and read inspirational books, you are not going to write the exams I believe”. I said to me instantly, “everyday is a day of examination and everywhere is my exam venue, I read them to stay relevant, to pass and overcome every life challenge at every time and to be a blessing to everyone that comes by direct or indirect contact with me”.
YOU STAY PREPARED TO CONVERT OPPORTUNITY TO A REALITY BUT GET PREPARE TO HAVE ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY AFTER MISSING ONE.
Abraham Lincoln said, “I will study and prepare myself, one day opportunity will come”.
Many have missed volumes of opportunities because they are always getting prepared to do something so when they come, they are always imbalance to harness and lay hold of opportunities.
Those that stay prepared are those that would make heaven after our sojourn on earth. Ask the ten virgins in the parable of Jesus. The five virgins that were accounted to be foolish were getting ready for the arrival of the groom while the other five wise virgins stayed ready.
I have also seen believers do there daily routine but when they have the privilege to witness thoughts like; ” I didn’t pray this morning and have my personal devotion”, “I didn’t fast this week” and so on overwhelm them which have made them lose their relevance as believers.
“Do the needful per time so that you won’t have to think of what you haven’t done always.”
“Opportunities will not be ready to those that are getting ready because they would miss it due to there unprepared approach”.
IF YOU ARE ALWAYS GETTING READY FOR SOMETHING, YOU WILL OFTEN PROCASTINATE
Every one had the materials for the test long before the day of the test, that begs the question “why haven’t we been reading it until we were told we would be writing a test?”.
Those that always stay ready have overcome procrastination and they live above procrastination unconsciously.
Say NO to procrastination today. Stop getting ready to do things, always stay ready. Every high fliers and pacesetters in different sectors, ministry, academics, sports and so on always stay prepared to achieve success and stay relevant in all they do.
It’s your turn to take a paradigm shift and a quantum leap. It will be ignorance of the highest order if you still procrastinate on trivial issues that concerns your life after reading this article.