I’m a lifelong learner
Learning has been my constant companion in the journey of life, a faithful friend guiding me through challenges and illuminating new paths. I vividly recall the moment when its impact became most evident, changing my life in a profound and positive way.
Growing up, I was a shy and introverted child, reluctant to step out of my comfort zone. Social interactions were a challenge to me, and I often felt like an outsider.
My transformation began when I gained admission to a Nigerian university, where I was introduced to a world of public speaking and constant interaction with people.
At first, the idea of addressing a room full of people filled me with fear. However, I quickly realized that it was an opportunity for me to face and conquer my fears head-on. Through hours of research and practice, I discovered the power of words, which helped me conquer stage freight.
Learning didn’t only help me conquer stage fright but also boosted my self-confidence because I became aware of my abilities and the potential I had, which helped me tackle challenges and pursue my goals.
Learning has broadened my horizons and my understanding of the world and life in general. Reading historical and philosophical books has made me explore diverse topics, which has not only made me an informed and open-minded individual but has also allowed me to engage in meaningful conversations with people, which is vital to having a healthy relationship with people. My journey did not end there. Learning as a lifelong companion led me to various opportunities, which made me develop a strong appreciation for culture and the wonders of nature.
Learning has also improved my adaptability skills because technology and the world at large are evolving, so to remain relevant and informed, I had to be flexible in my way of thinking and carrying out activities. Learning has helped me become a better Christian. I have been able to study my Bible, following the divine principles, and engage in enriching conversations with fellow brethren in faith. I learned so many things from Bible characters, which has helped me become a better version of myself.
Learning has made me more aware and cautious of my health. I began going to the gym, consulting a nutritionist to provide me with a healthy feeding plan, and going to the hospital for regular checkups. Learning has also made me economically conscious and able to manage my resources effectively to avoid being “broken,” as we Nigerians normally say. As I reflect on my journey thus far, I am struck by how learning has positively impacted my life. It transformed a timid introvert into a confident communicator, expanded my horizons, deepened my relationships, and empowered me to make a difference.
In every chapter of my life, learning has been the driving force behind my growth and transformation. It has shown me that the pursuit of knowledge is not merely an academic endeavor; it is a lifelong adventure that shapes us.
This essay is written by Ehi, 16 years old, the winner of our maiden digital storytelling
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Education is the effective means to shape the mind and future of the African Child
– SUCCESS IREM