The Chief Medical Director of the Babcock University Teaching Hospital, Dr. Franklin Ani, has advised parents to give their children liberty to make their career choices.
He made the appeal at the 20th Graduation and Awards Ceremony of the Babcock University High School, Ilishan Remo, Ogun State last Thursday.
Ani, who spoke on “Partnering with God for excellence in a corrupt generation”, also urged the graduating pupils to streamline their career choices to their passions.
He said, “Let your career choice be guided by conviction, passion and a deep sense of service to the community. You must not choose careers that their practice will not give glory to God. Again, there is no place for coercion in the choice of courses to pursue in life. I know that there is a temptation to be pressured to pursue certain perceived popular careers but this ought not to be so. As long as you are in God’s will, you will excel in whatever you do since it is not about us but about the glory of God.
“You must know and live by what you believe. Resist every attempt of peer pressure to influence you in a negative direction. Rather be an agent of change and positive influence to your colleagues. Let the good news be heard about you and always strive to make your parents proud. Whether you like it or not, you are already ambassadors and whatever you do or become in future will reflect either positively or negatively on this school.”
The school Principal, Dr. Adebawojo Bolanle, also urged the pupils to continue to lead a responsible life.
She said, “To my graduates, I urge you to create a future you would love for yourselves. The power to create and be responsible for your future is unlimited. From now on, you have to make decisions on career and the kind of person you will be.
“Today, as we celebrate you, take time to have fun and recharge your batteries before the next big challenge begins. Believe in yourself as you separate from your high school peers. Do not rest on your oars, be focused, be diligent and be upright.”
Meanwhile, the overall best pupil of the school, Ruth Ovedje-Aya, advised her colleagues to continue seek knowledge and be the best they can be.
The lass, while sharing the secret of her success, urged them also not to focus only on non-educational activities.
Ovedje-Aya, who received eight awards said, “In my Junior Secondary School 1, I wasn’t so good. I used to do well, but I hardly made the first position. In JSS2, I promised my mother that I would make her proud and I did. I started to top my class.
“I was called names such as ‘unsocial girl’, I really didn’t like it but I remained focused. My mother used to encourage me; she said I would laugh last. Today, I am happy because I remained focused.”
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