Reasons you should never graduate with a first class.
The stakes for first class graduates in Nigeria are high. There are a lot of expectations and pressure from everyone; parents, friends, siblings, neighbours even colleagues at work. Trust me, this pressure can be very overwhelming. So I have highlighted 9 reasons why you don’t want to graduate with a first class in Nigeria.
Disclaimer: This is just for fun.
1) Everybody expects you to know everything about your field of study
Picture this. You are in the office, and your colleague mentioned something you have never heard of and you go “what’s that?” and the person gives you that weird look. Yeah. They expect you to know everything in your field because you graduated with a first class.
2) They expect you to be rich and successful
This is even worse if you come from a humble background. Your parents and siblings would be counting on you to turn the fortunes of your family around. They won’t understand why you are still jumping danfo and keke napeps. E dey be them like film.
3) They expect you to excel at everything
People assume you are so smart that you can navigate every life’s challenges. So when you experience any little failure, you will hear “But you graduated with a first class na”.
4) They expect you to know everything outside your field of study
They believe first class graduates are vastly read and should know everything about everything, Your mom will even ask you to fix every little thing around the house and you begin to wonder how fixing things in the house is related to what you studied in school. Or your friends will come to you for advice about issues completely unrelated to your field of study.
5) You should be an entrepreneur
Your noisemaker friends expect you to be an entrepreneur. They believe you are too smart to work in an organization. If you find yourself working in an organization then you are a corporate slave.
6) They expect you to be a Nerd and Anti-Social
Being a first class graduate equals to looking like a geek. People will be shocked when they see you at a party, bar, club, or even looking all swagged up.
7) They expect you to land a good job
Your mom and dad would expect you to land a job immediately after you leave school. You are expected to nail every job interview and even do “shakara” for your potential employee(s)
8) People expect you to do better than your mates who didn’t graduate with a first class
People won’t understand why your mates are winning in life and you are not. You start hearing statements like “ Tunde that didn’t graduate with first class just finished building his house, but you…”
9) You are used as a bad example of why first class is useless
If unfortunately, you are struggling to get through life, you will hear statements like “Nawa oo… With all your first class, you are still broke.” You will wish you had learnt shoemaking instead