I am Abnormal (Above Normal) Series II

The second series is the brief story of my life during NYSC.

Fast forward, October 28, 2015, I went for NYSC and out of all corps member posted to igueben local government area, I was the only one that carried out a personal community development service project. When I was deployed, I talked to myself and said silently to me that, I do not want to be the norm.

I said,  “I do not want to be a normal corps member who will just serve and leave.” I said, "I want to be the best corps member" I said, “I want to impact the community.” 

That was the vision and I did achieve it. I carried out six community development service projects. I constructed a volleyball court, provided mobile hand washers and buckets for schools, trained over 250 students on basic first aid and safety education, organize career guidance program, carried out a health risk assessment for over 100 villagers and introduce social clubs (Debate, Drama and Press). I did all these stuffs but it wasn’t easy as you thought. I packed one and half tipper of sands within the community. I was assisted by three students. On a sudden day, we were packing sands and those students said they were tired, I said, I will continue, don’t worry. They were surprised by my resilience and joined me in packing again. I acted as the laborer for the construction. I was very dirty and look so leaned during this period. I even learned how to mix cement and sand. And fetched water to mix it. Underneath the sun and rain, I was working. I was strong and abnormal. With limited resources, I achieved all these. I fetched water, I packed sand while it was raining. I tore my bed sheets to make triangular bandages. 

I attended several youth meetings to seek for fund. I pitched my project over three times to the king and chiefs. I was asked numerous questions and I answered. My resilience made them to support me and I was linked to the Development Association. I walked from doors to doors and at the end of the day I was able to fundraise about $700(Money and Material Resources) to carry out the project. I believe I can do it and I came through. 

At the end, I got certificate of commendation from the state NYSC and letter of recommendation from the Royal Highness and my principal. My name can never be forgotten in Ekpon community. I was an abnormal corps member, above normal.  

However, I want you to pick some lessons from this project. 

Success is impact. If you want to be successful, you have to meet a need and help people. Several times, I seek for improvement, I seek to be a better person. I do things that affect my live and the lives of people around me. I am obsessed with improvement.
Why? Because I want to help others. I do not hide what I know, I teach and improve. 

During my undergraduate days, people asked me, why do you teach for free?  I said, “it is what I love and wired to do” I said, “it was passion.” The more I teach, the more I improve and become abnormal. Some of us need to be rewired to our passion.

Thank you for reading!
Watch out for the next series...next week Thursday!




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