Tuesday Motivation by Mary Ogungbola


A short story about this photo: Link to facebook post

I missed my final year exams to go represent the school in the 2001 NUGA games. The school won only 2 gold medals. I won 1 of the 2 medals. I didnt really think it was a biggie. I was just fulfilling a passion then as an avid chess player. I was rescheduled to write the exams a few weeks after I returned and I aced all my papers.

Unknown to me, my project supervisor was not impressed with my disappearance act (though I didn’t just run off on my own, I was representing the school). He marked me down in my project work which carried a high point value. I graduated with a GPA less than I had anticipated. It affected my ability to get a ‘good’ job but I was not deterred. I worked with what I had and kept a good faith and i worked really hard. Trust me on the hard work part.

Today, I look back at that experience and I smile. I am in a good place and I am thankful for all the life experiences that helped shaped me to this present place.


Don’t get bitter, get better!

Move forward courageously and don’t give up on your dreams.

Keep putting in the work!

What doesn’t kill you make you stronger.

You will succeed!

Mary Ogungbola


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