The Naked Truth About College Grads

Graduate college, they said, It’ll be fun, they said.

They also said that you’d walk across that stage and opportunities would start knocking and kicking and scratching at your door. That you’d smile for that cheesy handshake photograph and hold your fake certificate (Sarcastic)  and all of a sudden you’d feel like (and simultaneously become) a full-fledged, accomplished, educated, real-life, ducks-in-a-row adult.
But anyone who’s graduated college in the last decade knows that’s not the reality. You don’t shrug on your cap and gown and suddenly feel responsible, suddenly know how to file taxes and pay off loan debt. You don’t finish your last final and suddenly realize what you’re doing with your life. You don’t even know what you’re doing for the next six months.
Here’s the harsh reality about being a college grad right now: you’re caught in limbo.

If you’re one of the lucky ones, you’ve accepted a job and you’re set for the temporary now. You have some sort of plan, but without job security, without tenure, and with a highly competitive market, you’ve been trained to not trust in the permanence of anything. Cynical? Maybe. Truth? Definitely.
Here’s the harsh reality about being a college grad right now: you’re caught in limbo. Suddenly, you are too old for college parties. That doesn’t mean you can’t attend them (by all means, do you boo boo) but suddenly your mindset has changed. You need to job hunt, you need to wake up early for the crappy part-time gig you’ve taken in the months between graduation and getting a ‘real career,’ and you have things to do that doesn’t include getting wasted on a Monday night. But you want to go to college parties. 
Your friends are either still in school or have graduated, left town (or not), started their lives (or are pretending to start their lives) and you’re desperate for someone to pregame with,  go out with. So you cyber-stalk all their social media , wondering who they’re hanging out with, who’s all at that party, and if they’re missing you.
But then there’s that part of you that scoffs. You’ve matured, you’ve changed, and you’ve left that college scene. You had your fun. Obligations, priorities, mature fun, and things that you could never afford or even dream up when you were that broken, tragic college seniors.
But still, you’re caught in limbo. There’s a laundry list of expectations that you’re supposed to live up to. You’re supposed to get that job, move, work, make money, be successful, date, marry, have children. Or something along those lines. And you’re nowhere near. (Which is okay, by the way. As long as you’re trying to get yourself together.)
Then there’s the realization that this is it, this is life. And you’re excited about the possibilities, the places you could go, the jobs you could take, and the potential significant others that are gallivanting around somewhere on this planet, wondering about the potential you. The future is limitless. But terrifying.
You’re caught between the familiar and the new, the comfortable and the unknown. There’s the person you’ve been for the last four years, and then there’s this new you—this post-grad you, this adult you—Are you the same person? Suddenly changed? A mix of both?
The post-grad world is strange. You’re not sure who you’re expected to be, and not really sure who you want to be. You’re trying your best to figure it out, to get that dream job, to find a place and a home and a future to claim as your own. But the naked truth about graduating college is that it’s not this paved, golden road. Yes, your education is valuable. And yes, you have a world of possibilities at your fingertips. But that doesn’t make it easier.
Graduating college, just like being in college, is another journey. And with any journey, you need faith, perseverance, hard work, a map, and your heart for when you throw your map out the window.
You’ll make it eventually. It just takes time. And a period of crappy, rough, who-am-I months. But at least you’re leaving on first food anymore, right? 

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Schooled but not educated

Illiteracy is Kenya’s greatest challenge” cannot be far from the truth. This is no doubt Kenya’s biggest challenge 50 years after independence.
Lack of an educated population is the greatest problem facing this country. This in turn affects every other aspect of our national development drive. If we have an educated and enlightened population, most of the other problems would be solved. On the issue of leadership,because the majority of Kenyans are not knowledgeable with little or no say in the political dynamics of their country, the few educated people have unfettered latitude to lord it over their people is inconsistent with the attributes of a real educated person. Anyone who lords over others does not fit the billing of an educated person.

Napoleon Hill in his book Think and Grow Rich says “An educated man is not, necessarily, one who has an abundance of general or specialized knowledge. An educated man is one who has so developed the faculties of his mind that he may acquire anything he wants, or its equivalent, without violating the rights of others. –”

Our ‘educated leaders’ violate the rights of others through the abuse of pubic offices to gratify their selfish ambitions. For one to be considered educated, they must respect others through examining their own actions and how they affect others. This is why Socrates, the father of philosophy would challenge people to examine their life and actions for “unexamined life is not worth living”.

Kenya has made tremendous effort investing in education for its people but going through schooling is not a guarantee that you become educated. Most people acquire knowledge on specific areas like accounting, IT, engineering ,auditing whose goal is to land a job and nothing else. My point is, while we have too many Kenyan who have gone through schooling, most of them do not add value to society. Let us take an example of a trained accountant working in a government office but use the opportunity to embezzle fund in order to enrich themselves. An educated person is able to analyze their actions and their consequences, understand how their small contribution is like different parts of a system which works together to achieve the goals of the whole system.

When I was going to university, I was full of expectations to meet great individuals and great minds both students and professors. What I found there was contrary to what I expected. Lecturers wasted my valuable time dictating notes as I write instead of sharing ideas and knowledge the Socratic way. Students too were pathetic. Illiteracy is Kenya’s greatest challenge, but my biggest worry is those who are ‘educated’ but their way of thinking, their behaviors is full of mediocrity.