I struggled a lot while going to school.
I did very well in primary school and had my fair share of tough times in secondary school.
However, when I got to the higher institution, it was a “different ball game”.
My situation was like the story of the Egyptians and the children of Israel – when God slowed the pace of the Egyptian chariots and they ran like they were carrying heavy weights on their legs.
If you know that story well, you will understand my plight back then.
You may ask why? Why did I struggle so much seeing that I wasn’t a dull student?
Why did I get very low grades in some courses? Someone like me should give the lecturers a hard regularly.
The answer is very simple. Money!
We live in a world where money is key to survival, but sadly we fail to acknowledge its importance in learning too.
The simple truth is that for you to study. I mean sit at a place, bring out a book and read for hours, you need money.
It might sound strange to you. How can sitting at a place and reading require money? Do you know you use a lot of energy to study? The brain uses on average about 20% of the total energy requirement. That is about 400 to 500 calories a day. This estimate is for a resting adult!
Your brain takes up that much energy just to move muscles and control general body function. Now imagine when you’re a student. Your brain is your tool and you use it for most of the day. You find that you burn energy very fast.
A student needs to always replenish the energy used by the brain as much as the brain is using it. And to do that a student needs money. Lots and lots of it.
However, A student who isn’t feeding properly runs into trouble in assimilation, understanding and memory retention. This is otherwise known as “brain fog” or “mental fatigue”.
When your brain lacks energy, concentrating on your studies becomes so difficult. Money indeed makes the world go round.
Even in the world of learning. I struggled so much in school because I failed to acknowledge this and admit that I needed help.
Well, I didn’t turn out so bad. But that’s not the point. When next you see a student, amongst other things, offer him money…