If there is a question I get asked a lot apart from my name it has to be ‘why are you studying psychology?’ If you are expecting a grand story of how it has always been my passion or something like that. Well, you might be a tad disappointed or not. Just stay with me.
In secondary school I was a commercial student because my secondary school just puts you in where you excelled in your Junior WAEC as we called it. It was subject to change but I did not change because I had no passion for anything. I wanted to be a doctor growing up but I lost interest majorly due to the fact that I cringe at almost everything. So, I just continued the commercial thing. I was doing well so that fuelled my drive. I just wanted to go to school and just do something.
My final year in secondary school (high school) I realized that I would be really unhappy if I eventually did something in the commercial line. I hated numbers because it was unrelatable to me, nebulous and empty. I knew I wanted more so I began to look for something else that I might register for JAMB (an exam that allows you get into a university in Nigeria). I loved government at that point so I thought about International relations but University of Lagos (the school I was going to apply for) did not list it in their undergraduate programmes. I wanted university of Lagos because I couldn’t deal with long distance travelling by bus and it just felt like the right thing to pick .
On the day of JAMB registration, my bunk mate ( I was in the boarding school) was in her final year too and confused like I was but she was in Arts class. So we got to the computer lab that day and Someone just mentioned ‘Psychology’ then I checked the meaning of Psychology . Boom! I registered for it.
Yes! I am currently studying psychology. People asked if I were okay. Like what is Psychology? What will you do later in life? Will you get a job? Are you sure you will make it? I knew I would like it because it dealt with humans and not numbers. Even up to the point I started my first year I was not sure about it but I just wanted to go to school. I had a passion for education but nothing in particular. At that point, it was like I was doing nonsense but look at everything now. Inasmuch as I was confused I kept praying for God’s will I was so confused at that point I even signed up for counseling.
In summary, believe in spontaneity.
You see it is not a grand story but it is a grand journey for me. What is your story?
PS: I will be consistent and I mean it.