Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Who says the library is only for the 'Efikos' aka Nerds? It is 'home' to different set of people. Do you know that there are basically different sets of people you find in the library on different missions?
During examination period, the library is usually flooded with students and getting a seat could be quite difficult. This is not the case on normal days.
While some libraries are nothing to write home about, others are up to standard and world class. Besides being a building for reading, research and getting information, the library might just be another haven to get away from all the noise particularly if your roommates are the noisy type.
In a typical library, here are the types of students you are likely to find below:
1.Those who are there to keep space
Their books are kept to maintain their spaces. These students would never use to library yet they would keep space. It is either they are going for class or somewhere else. Instead of allowing someone else who is very much around in the library to use it, they would use their books and materials to deceive people that they are coming back.
It is only during examination period that these set of people remember that they have library cards. They would be the first to resume with the library workers and the last to close with them.
These set of people cannot 'come and kill themselves' because of school work. Just a book and they are off to dream land. The good thing about this set of people is that they leave the library like every other student feeling that they have read enough and made good use of their time.
4. The phone chargers
They are always with extensions and their phone/laptop chargers. Since most times, electricity supply is usually constant in the library, these set of people see as a good opportunity to boost the battery lives of their 'dying' devices.
5. 'I was here' inscriptors
They mostly belong to the final year students who about to graduate. In other to make their presence felt, they would write their names on the library walls, seats and desk just to show they were there indeed.
6. Food smugglers
There are rules in the libraries and one of them is not to smuggle food to eat there. These set of people, probably foodies, would hide sweets, biscuits, chewing gum, groundnuts, chocolates and the likes to eat in the library. On sighting any library official, they hide their faces less they are caught eating and sent out.
Slay mamas, Pepper dem gang, beard gang and every other fashion conscious individual fall into this category. You might be forced to turn your eye from your book to look at them. If you are very disciplined and don't want to be distracted, their perfume might hit you and you would have no option but to look up.
8. The Oppressors
They always have the latest edition of books and materials. They also oppress with the latest gadgets and laptop. They are solely in th library for the competition. If you don't know why you can to the library, you might end up comparing yourselves to them.
9. Those there for the freebies
They also recognise opportunities and make the best us to of it. Is it free newspaper? Or the encyclopaedias? Or free browsing sections? Not forgetting WiFi? Yes, for Internet connection to download all the necessary and unnecessary.
10. Rule breakers
The library is meant to be as quiet as a graveyard, phone calls and other form of noisy activities are prohibited. However, these set of people would still be caught making phone calls and gisting, imagine!
11. Those that never go to library
They have never set their legs into the library yet you wonder how they stil manage to get straight As. These are the same people that say they have not read and the gullible ones believe them and tag along not knowing they burn the midnight oil soaked in their books!
Sunday, 12 July 2015
Ever heard of the saying that the true test of intelligence is not through examinations. Well...it could be true and untrue. The school system has made us believe that the intelligent ones are the ones who have high grades after examinations. These days people read solely to pass and to to understand and apply. But that is not my topic of discussion. Pardon me, lets make it a debate for another day!
My lecturer back then always said that there is a difference between being educated and getting education. To my own understanding, the latter meant acquiring certificates and reading to pass while the former was gaining knowledge and understanding, making informed decisions and applying knowledge in problem solving.
So as I was preparing for my forthcoming exams.It was not easy writing six courses successively, back to back. Each course was quite voluminous with several subheadings. Trust me, I could not rely on my notes solely and render the " back to sender" strategy i.e giving back to the lecturer exactly what he gave during lectures. At my level, it required research and more research on the net, in the library, every where possible.
On the D-day, I went confidently knowing that I was fully prepared but what got me thinking was the invigilator in charge that very day. She was a petite young lady obviously younger than all the candidates myself inclusive. She was simply dressed, charismatic and very audacious. What struck my attention was the manner in which she handled us. She had spoken with so much authority, making observation and chastising those who wanted to engage in examination malpractice.
I realized that authority had been bestowed on her by the lecturer-in-charge. Failure to adhere to her instructions indirectly meant one was disobeying the lecturer- in- charge who made her the invigilator of that paper. Nobody could prove arrogant or claim seniority because it would mean one was challenging her authority. She would not waste time going to report any misconduct or misbehavior. The repercussion would be to face the lecturer-in-charge for disciplinary actions .
In other to avoid trouble , everyone respected the invigilator. No one wanted to be the scape goat that would be reported so we all behaved even though she was not our mates.
Now what am I trying to point out?
You can only operate based on who has given you authority. When you know who has given you power then no Jupiter can challenge you because you know they would answerable to a more superior being. Now this applicable in all spheres of life.Do you know what you possess and what is at your disposal?Do you know who gat you covered? Do not abuse the authority given to you instead use it wisely.
The disciples of old were able to heal the sick and cast out demons by the authority by God. People were amazed and where questioning their authority. The Bible makes it clear that whosoever , therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation
( Romans 13: 2)
# Walk in the consciousness of that you have authority over the enemy!# Check 2 Timothy 1: 7