We had a new lecturer who doubled as a Professor!
It was rare for my faculty to recruit new lecturers by second semester. As a matter of fact, we never had a new lecturer teach us since our second year and we felt comfortable with this. We knew each lecturer’s pattern of teaching and asking questions but here was a Professor whose pattern we didn’t know! The more we spoke about it in class, the more it felt like fear was planted in everyone’s heart and the funniest part of it was Professor never came to class to dictate notes, neither did he assure us of notes (He is a Professor after all and expected of him is to lecture not teach).
This single act of not knowing what to expect from Professor made many of my course mates not to attend classes (after all, what will be will be!), others resulted to chatting on their phones (one major problem of our generation) while the other category were either sleeping or listening (one of which I belonged to).
“Write extensively, don’t just enumerate; enumerate then discuss. Never ever give me just what I gave you in class, it will earn you a B not an A.” These were the words that came out from Professor’s mouth during a class, it felt like I was listening to an Angel talk to me in a dream and instantly I wanted to be sure I was okay. I turned to do a quick survey and realized we were only 4 active students in class (3 listening and the other one chatting), 12 sleeping and 5 absent from class.
I smiled because here were people who wanted to know the secret to succeed in Professor’s course but Alas! On the day when the secret was to be given to them, many weren’t alert because of vanity or better still things that weren’t going to matter on the long run!
Don’t trade the main thing for the fake thing! There is always a secret to success, it could be a word which will aid your hard work or a question which will aid your assessment etc. But any day you decide to trade the fake for the main, chances are that you’re also trading the secret to the success. Be at alert!