It’s Not All About the Grades

Updated: Nov 6, 2021
By Aisha Gali
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“When I was your age, I was taking the first position in class” Is a sentence we’ve heard from almost every parent and has gone on to build a lot of pressure on every child.

The only thing we were pushed to was to get good grades, pass our exams and ignore everything else.

Yes, being a straight-A student has its perks but then again, what happens to others who are not book smart but rather have the talent to be great at other things?

Schools have been known to place more emphasis on classroom happenings and little or no attention to extracurricular activities.

Speaking from the diary of someone who didn’t know what she wanted, went from wanting to be a teacher to an engineer to an architect and to a doctor all because I thought it was what I should be.

it was a struggle to find something you wanted to be within the doctrines of acceptability which was what your parents thought was the best for you.

Nothing else was acceptable.

Students with potential in other aspects of life aside from academics are mostly shut down and told to focus more on their books so they could go to good universities and have a great career.

But what is a great career?

Generally, to most parents, it involves sitting behind a desk at a law firm or a bank or rounds in a hospital.

It has always been these choices for them; lawyer, doctor, engineer or banker.

Nonetheless, these are wonderful careers but then again imagine a child who is passionate about football and would have been the heir to Messi and Ronaldo’s throne stuck in a bank because no one believed or gave them a platform to showcase what they’ve got.

I figured out a passion for writing at a very young age but I was always afraid to put out my stories or thoughts out there because it was not the norm and what was I going to do as a writer when the expectation was a 9-5 job?

With the way the world is moving, it seems there’s more to it than a 9-5.

I feel it children should be allowed to explore their talents because there’s more to life than good grades and you can be anything asides from doctors, lawyers and engineers.

The rate of unemployment is high because everyone thinks a white-collar job is the pinnacle of success. The opportunities in the creative world are endless.

We have to break barriers and make sacrifices for the upcoming generation.

The system has to start accommodating more artists, writers, gamers, tech gurus, footballers etc.

Take a look at Khaby Lame, making a fortune on tik tok without saying any word.

Let’s catch them young, give them the right platforms and the necessary support.

No talent or skill should be underrated or swept under the carpet.

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