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Monday, August 9, 2021

Two Academic Lessons I Learned From My Siwes Defense


By Cynthia Oluchi

Pull your stool close, if you are a student or a young entrepreneur, this could be the best information you'll receive online today.

Being a person that easily Identifies value, I hardly pass through any experience without picking the lessons it throws at me. During my SIWES defense, I got two heavy lessons which I'm very glad to share.

A few weeks ago, during my SIWES program, I came across a post made by an English Professor on the UNIZIK official page. It was a very long post that addressed students on the proper way to introduce themselves, especially in a formal setting.

I drank so much from that post that I began to preach it myself, having done a background check to understand he was very right.

"Don't say 'my name is Okoye Cynthia Oluchi', say 'my name is Cynthia Oluchi Okoye'."

(I'll look for the post and send the link down here at the comment section so you'll understand why it is so. That's not the bone of contention here).

So, I knew this thing. I knew it—I had the information, I also had the working principle of it—but failed to apply it where it was necessary.

“My name is Okoye Cynthia Oluchi," I introduced myself to the panel of over eight lecturers, during my SIWES defense.

"You don't introduce yourself in that manner, you start from your first name to your surname," Professor Egolum, the Professor of my department, corrected me.

I felt like crying. I felt bad—not because I was corrected but because this was something I knew. Why did I not do it right then!?

When I pondered over it, days later, I came to realize that this is more like a generic problem among young people. You have the information, you have the knowledge too (information plus insights), but become lost when the time requires wisdom (applied knowledge).

You know that the right pronunciation of 'principal' is 'pprinci-pul' but you keep saying 'princi-paal' because you don't want it to look like you're doing too much.

It's generic. And it has to stop!

One of the reasons I give when I do such is that I want the communication to be two-way—I do not want to hamper the other party's contribution by giving them the impression that I'm doing too much. But that also stops today.

Because the truth is that nobody gets better by not working out the excellence inside. It will stay and die inside like it was never there.

The subtle correction from the SIWES defense panel was harmless, but it touched me in deep places. If you know a thing, use it. It doesn't matter if you are the only one with such information, it won't take time before someone like me, who easily notices excellence, observes it and help you spread it. There is no other way for excellence and good energy to spread.

I've had so many occasions where I tell people my name and they be like, "did you say Cyndia or Cynfia?" But I did not; I also did not say Cyntia—because I can't throw away the 'h' inside. I also found out that after that scene, people begin to pronounce it better—that's how we spread excellence!

You know it (information).
You have the working insight/principle (knowledge).
You need to apply it (wisdom).

So, help me make this affirmation in the comment section, I will not hoard what I know; I choose to spread excellence.

I will share the second lesson in the next post.

To Your Academic and Career Excellence.

-Cynthia Oluchi.

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