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TO MY LOVE WHO’S A FRESHER

Hello my bonafide Yaa Abrafi Koto, 
                I cannot hide my joy for getting the opportunity once again to write to you. I know you miss me a lot because the last time I visited your house, it was unfortunate I had to take a French leave  because I was paying for the diarrhea I got from that Zongo junction ‘gob3’ I took as breakfast. I got home safely even though I embarrassed myself in the trotro I took home.

                  My love, you remember I told you I had something important and dear to my heart to discuss with you? It is because of that I decided to write to you this piece. There is a saying that, ‘a blow which is inevitably yours, when earlier encountered will extricate you from further hostilities’ and so I won’t waste much of the time beating about the bush.

Spending few years of my life on the lands of KNUST has indeed opened my eyes to ‘life’ on campus and as I err around, what I have observed motivates me to tell you this.

                Frankly speaking, it was my prayer that God makes a way for you to get admission to join me in the best University in Ghana because I could feel your pain and struggle as you have tried fruitlessly in the November-December WASSCE for the past three years. WAEC nearly gave you an award  for that record, you know. I am grateful that you have finally gained admission to KNUST. Sweetheart, I found out you got admitted to read Doctor of Pharmacy even though your dream was to read Medicine. Please do not be discouraged because you have been given a better field you would not regret in future. I know you are eager to come to school and this feeling is a usual one. I was once like you. I must say, you would like everything in KNUST maybe except that you would have to pay expensive school fees every year.

                   I know very well that you are under kind of a domineering rule in your home. This compels you to stay home often times. You are under strict supervision of your parents and hence, you are better off than an angel in heaven.  You do not have the liberty to wear what you like, go where you wish and do whatever you prefer to do. Also, Wesley Girl’s, your senior high school was like a military training camp or better still a prison and hence you were trained to be as discipline as you could be. 

Nevertheless, the University life is like what most of my friends call it, ‘universal city life’. Indeed it is a universal city occupied by many people from all walks of life, different character and background. There is total independence on campus, and unlike your home, you are not bound by any supervision, stringent rules and regulations. Comparatively, there are no housemistresses, siren, morning assemblies, roll taking, Exeat, as it were in your senior high school. In short, you do what you like at any time but bound by many lax rules geared towards providing comfort for academic and social activities.

                My love, this total freedom may be new to you and as a fresher and inexperienced, if care is not taken, it could influence you negatively to do certain things you are not known for. 

There is fun on campus and you being a party loving person, you may want to have all the fun you’ve been deprived of. One thing worth mentioning is the ‘drink up’ parties, hall week celebrations, etc you may be influenced to attend. At these gatherings, you would get to drink the; Ciroc vodka, 8 pm, Heineken ,Smirrnoff, Amarula, Joy dadi, Adonko bitters and those other alcoholic drinks you can think of since you have always wanted the chance to do this.

               Abrafi, you know you are not expected to be in prescribed uniforms especially reading Pharmacy and so you can wear anything of your choice. Please do not change your style of dressing to the campus style. Some ladies here dress almost nude by wearing what they refer to as  ‘see me through’, ‘I’m aware’, ‘bare back’, ‘high waist trousers with the breast long dress’, ‘Leggings’, ‘Jeggings’, ‘braless dresses’, ‘tattered jeans’, ‘bomb shorts’, etc. Maybe someone has to remind me if we are still in the Garden of Eden where nudity was not a sin until Satan deceived man. I think I’m lost then.

When dressing, do not be influenced to wear about ‘3 inches’ of make-up because you want to look attractive and presentable. To be honest, I love you the way you look and I know other guys will also run helter-skelter for your love. But please do not over paint your face and look like those comedians in concert parties we used to watch when we were kids. Anyway, do not get me wrong with this. I’m saying this because too much of everything is bad and sometimes it scares us when we meet some ladies like that.

                Honey, I know that you are a ‘holy virgin’ and you have saved that precious gift for me on our honeymoon but let me hasten to caution that  some guys here on campus may want to ‘decipher’ or let me say exploit that treasure you have on your land called ‘ayaase’.  So please don’t be swayed by the ’November rush’. Oops my bad!!!, please do not be offended if I’m being too blunt. 

 Pressures and fun here may cajole you to put up lackadaisical attitude towards academic work.  You may boycott so many lecture periods without genuine reasons and as well refuse to write laboratory reports,  do assignments or even sit up to study.

In spite of all these, please be reminded that there is no surety you would be a victim of the university influence if only you pay heed to what I’m telling you and not forgetting the advice your parents will give you before you come to school. Please get yourself good company as soon as you come here, also don’t hesitate to cut any relationship with any friend you see to be going wayward and has the potential of being a bad influence. 

Baby, I wish you engage yourself in religious activities and not joke with your spiritual life. But hey, do not over do these religious thingy and be too ‘chrife’ since that would not help you in your academics. Don’t misquote me, I only mean be time conscious and manage your time very well to have a balance in everything you do here on campus. Believe you me, pharmacy isn’t an easy program and it takes dedication, hard work and perseverance to survive it, that’s why I say you need to balance your academics and religious life.

               I have said a few but important, worth noting stuff about life here on campus and I hope a word to a wise is indeed enough to you in your dictionary.

To end this, I pray you take my advice seriously and I wish you a successful PharmD journey.  I love you so much and I cannot wait to see you at the faculty neatly dressed in your official wear, the new pharmacy ‘ritual’ though. 

The one you love,

Snave.

Note: No name, no person in this piece, and no outfit, thank God, is based upon an actual person or outfit in the real world. All names and characters are fictitious intended for writing purposes only. But I can tell you this; as my journey through the pharmaceutical jungle progresses, I have come to realize that, by comparison with the reality, my piece is as tame as a holiday postcard. Lol. Thank you.

Posted by: Boateng-Boakye Evans

Pharm D, KNUST

© SnaveWritesGroup 2016

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​UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE… The Money or Passion???

Gone are the days where every university graduate could be employed  soon after completion of their national service. What do we see now? The number of unemployed graduates is now extremely high to an extent that, it has led to the formation of an association known as the UNEMPLOYED GRADUATES ASSOCIATION OF GHANA.
As it is a common thing to do in Ghana, my dearest motherland, all we have done about it, is to sit, complain and insult the Government for not providing adequate jobs for us all. 

Having given this a deeper thought, I realised all these issues may have it root from WAEC examinations (all the malpractices associated), university admission and entrance process (the to-whom-you-know process). Let us be frank to ourselves and answer this question: what is the criteria for choosing a programme of study in Ghana now? Is it the passion for the course, the grades or the money. I know more than half of all those who read this believe that it is now more of who has the means to afford and also if you are lucky your grades can take you somewhere. Where is the passion then?

I am a total believer in the  popular adage that ” lack of knowledge make people perish”. I guess many have little or no knowledge about the courses they choose to study, only that their parents have the means to afford their entrance into that programme or the parents think they have some links by which they can secure a job for their ward when they are able to graduate. Be careful because circumstance changes and when the billows roll, will you be able to stand firm in whatever field you find yourself in?

Looking at the number of candidates sitting for WAEC examinations and other kinds of examinations in this country annually, and the number of people applying for entrance into the various universities, there is no scintilla of doubt that the various tertiary institutions are making lots of cash. Their schemes to make more money does not only rest with the sales of forms at those exorbitant prices but also accepting ‘protocol students’ (why won’t they accept them when they have lots of money to offer?), and the most recent observation is that the number of fee paying students admitted is on the rise with that of the regular students declining greatly. 

Another one that I have also realised is that even after selecting the students to be admitted, they employ a new way to make more money and that is by making room for more new applications. They give us many good reasons for us to believe them. Does it bother me that they are getting money or should I say extorting money from us? Not at all, I am just bothered about those brilliant kids who were not that fortunate to have silver spoons in their mouth on the day of their birth.
Put yourself in his/her shoes and you will know why I am concerned; That guy who could score 100 percent in all eight courses even though he barely finishes his exam most of the time  due to inability to pay school fees; That guy who seems to have a great future but had to let go of it because he couldn’t afford a university admission form and the guy who managed to work to generate some income to purchase the admission forms and was not admitted because he couldn’t afford the bribe he was asked to pay.

What I see around is the children of the rich showing off everywhere they go that they are in the university although their performances in class could not have taken them there. But for the affluence of their parents they would have been the ones writing Nov/Dec but all the same whether remedial or not, they now have a means to get into the university. Why then won’t the rich become richer and the poor, poorer?

Those who have the passion will always want to practice what they found themselves in even though the pay off may be as small as possible because they feel fulfilled. On the other hand, the others who bought their way through the system will not be willing to stand when their occupation starts drifting. 

Let us come to the realisation that, we are all different in one way or the other, even though both the right and left legs can put on a shoe each, they each have to get a specific shape of the shoe to feel comfortable, obviously when it is exchanged they  feel uncomfortable.

I am Obed, I believe we can start following our passions and that will make a difference and cut down unemployment rate. I encourage all who are down in the dumps because they have been denied admission once or more for any of the reasons stated above or any other, to take heart and not give up, for if it is yours, it shall surely come back to you.

To all those who have graduated but yet to be employed, I say to you, keep fighting the good fight and also look around you, find something that you are passionate about and do it no matter how small you make out of it for the joy is in the job fulfilment and not just the more money you get.

Once again, I reiterate: Learn more and be wise.


My opinions though

Posted by: Ehoneah Obed (ehoneahobed@hotmail.com)  Pharm D, Knust                                       © SnavewritesGroup 2016