Nysc over – Reflections

I am done with the National Youth Service Corp. (NYSC) I am officially a nigerian youth and no longer “Omo Ijoba” (hey, in the sense of not collecting stipend from gov anymore..not in the sense of mad). I didn’t like the idea of interrupting my life to go on some service. There was a risk I lost momentum; that my self-improvement efforts ended. The new environment might be horrible.
That didn’t happen. I took matters into my own hands.
I got a place of primary assignment through TA and my highlight was that I had a supervisor I could rap with – Engr. Kanmi. It was exciting to meet someone else that understood all the maker stuff and had passion and zeal for it. We could talk about happenings in that space, about ideas and it’s definitely something I would miss. I liked that I got to put my python skills to use in a project. I liked that I was able to read and develop myself even at work.

I liked living alone. I am glad I insisted on a self-contained apartment. I think I would have been a very snobbish roommate but I wanted to focus and I did.

CDS was routine. I was aloof. I can’t say I developed any long time friendships or did any community work. I guess I had the mindset that this time was for me. I needed to develop myself. And ultimately, although giving is nice, you can’t give what you don’t have. You have to focus on yourself too.

All in all, I am grateful I am done. I want to say a big thank you to my Mum and Dad for their support in all ramifications. I am grateful I have you guys. I can say I made good use of the time.
What next? There is a lot of work that needs doing. 🙂 . I will be fine. I want to continue pursuing the goals I have. Do stuff that matters.

2 thoughts on “Nysc over – Reflections

  1. Nice one Opemipo. Yeah, I guess can attest, to some extent, that that time was really for yourself. What, with all those big books you’re always reading. Lols.

    Really cool, and I look forward to you doing greater things.

    Now, we’re next in line for being ‘omo ijoba’! (*feigns some hapiness*)


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