To most students, a degree is just the drill. It’s apparently what gets you employed on this planet.
And mommy and daddy insisted, so here you are, serving your four-year minimal sentence. Yet there are those who understand that, for all its flaws, college is an opportunity to expand their horizons, to build upon themselves, and maybe even change the world. I took a walk around campus, hoping to find out why some students here at AUN choose their majors, and how they hope to make a difference with their knowledge.
Ruth Jesse originally wanted to be a musical artist and producer but her parents insisted that she have a degree to fall back on (as parents tend to). “[My major] was just Plan B,” says Ruth, a Telecommunications & Wireless Technology major and graduate of the Emerging Leaders Academy, Class of 2018. She chose her major for its uniqueness and found an interest in network security. She wishes to work in the telecommunications industry for a few years before pursuing music full-time.
“[My major] was the only thing I could do [at] AUN,” says Abdulhafiz Wakaso, a Petroleum Chemistry major and member of the AUN Honor Society. A “science student” in secondary school, Abdulhafiz sought a major that aligned with his talents, and found that only Petroleum Chemistry fits the bill. He wishes to gain experience in the petroleum industry, and use his knowledge of chemistry to better people’s lives by creating new drugs.
A Law degree was the preferred choice of Raihanet Monguno, an Information Systems major and Director of Food & Hygiene in the SGA. But Raihanet realized her passion for Law rather late in her secondary school years and found she couldn’t enroll for the Law degree at AUN. With her current major, she hopes to make an impact in the field of cybersecurity.
“My dad didn’t want me to study Medicine,” says Milton Doibo, a Software Engineering major and Residence Assistant. Milton’s initial interest in Medicine (with a focus on prosthetics) changed when his father convinced him of the benefits of Software Engineering. He now wishes to use his skills to impact the gaming industry in Nigeria. “I want to promote and make good games,” he tells me. “I want to create a gaming community in Nigeria. I like the games. Why not make money from that?”
“For me, politics was one of the interesting majors,” according to Dzigbodi Quao, a Ghanaian majoring in Politics & International Studies. Dzigbodi’s primary focus is foreign affairs. She feels that African countries are still dominated by foreign forces, despite their independence, and wants to give African countries a “better-negotiating hand” on the international scene.
“I’ve always been passionate about Law,” says Imoudu Oroh, a Law major and President of the Law Students Society. With a first degree in International Law & Diplomacy already to his name, Imoudu hopes to use his knowledge of the law to affect societal development in a country he feels has been “developing” for far too long.
In a world that cries out every day for bright minds and visionaries, for innovators and problem solvers, for ideals we all have the potential to embody, if we would but try, this journalist hopes that these students chase their dreams with wolves on their heels, and leave a mark that their predecessors only dreamt.
Reported by Ross Hart