naijafreshgraduate one very dark night
Graduates' RantBook,  Journal

One Very Dark Night…

One very dark night, my siblings, my mother and I sat under the starless night sky to soak in some fresh air. It was one of those rare moments when we gather to talk and we went from one topic of discussion to another. Catching up, sharing and laughing.

Somehow, at some point, my mother mentioned that she was due for promotion at work but she could not get it because she did not have a Masters Degree.

We tried to convince her to go for her masters but by the time she was done giving us reasons why she could not, we understood.

“Besides,” she concluded, “I am retiring in less than five years time.”


My elder sister is married with two kids now. Before they got married, her husband promised that she would do her masters. Now, however, he has done his own and he has intentions of pursuing another one.

Nobody is saying anything about my sister’s own. Besides, she has kids to take care of.

I don’t think she’ll be doing hers any time soon. She thinks so too.


We remembered my sister and then somehow the discussion turned to me and everyone agreed that even though my father is against it, I should do my masters before getting married.

Where the money was going to come from, no one knew. But we made that decision. By faith, maybe? I don’t know.

That was in December. Before I got my current job from LinkedIn.


Remember when I told you guys about how I was feeling left behind because my course mates were doing their masters, or thinking of doing it, while mine was not even close because no one was going to sponsor it and I didn’t have the money?

If you remember, good.


This background story and plenty flashback just so I can tell you guys:

As I type this, I am on my way to write the entrance examination and screening for my Master’s Degree. Thanks to one very dark night.

I am a Nigerian graduate documenting the perks and pains of being a graduate without long leg in Nigeria; while also contributing her quota to make the world a better place. Lets be friends on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. You'll find me there as Naijafreshgraduate.


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