By  Agbolade Omowole

Life is a stage,” says William Shakespeare, “and everyone, a cast in the play.” Everyone is a hero or heroine in the play of life. You are the captain of your ship. You are in charge of your life.

Being a student is one critical aspect of your life. Time spent cannot be regained, and you may not be privileged to be an undergraduate or postgraduate student again in the distant future. It is therefore, important to maximize this moment of your life.

In this article, I will be sharing with you two nuggets that will set you on the right track to influencing your world as a student.
1.Decide your purpose.
One human capital development expert counseled that “The purpose of life is to live a life of purpose.”  The very question you have to ask yourself is this: “Why am I here on planet earth?” What are you supposed to be doing with your life right now?

Finding your true purpose helps you to live a better life. Those who discover their purpose in life will be able to connect more with life and live a more fulfilled life than others.

Your life purpose brings you joy. What are the things you do that makes you extremely happy in a positive way? What do you enjoy doing most? What is that thing that you find easy to do, which others may find difficult to do? What makes you feel fulfilled?

Your purpose on earth is to make a difference. About two years ago, a young lady who just graduated from the department of English at the University contacted me to help her discover her true life purpose.

As a life coach, a large portion of my time is spent asking clients the right questions. My work as a life coach is to guide my clients to solve their problems by themselves, and not solving their problems for them directly. Everyone has the solution to their problem within them; they just don’t know how to find it.

This particular client seemed to be confused. She was gifted in many things. She could sing, act movies, and write. She could compere events. She was a make_up artiste, and at the same time, she had a flare for public speaking.

With about ‘a thousand and one’ things that this lady could do, she was worried about her true purpose in life. I asked her “If you have only one month to live, what would you do for the rest of your life, or for the next thirty days?”

That simple question helped her to discover her true life purpose. My dear reader, take a minute to imagine yourself on your death bed now. What would you wish you had done before dyeing?

2. Influence others positively

The late pop icon, Michael Jackson advised “Heal the world, (and) make it a better place.”  Decide to leave your community a better place than you met it, and you will be remembered after you leave this world.

Do something everyday to make a positive difference in the life of others. The person next door may need your encouragement, prayers, time, contacts, and your inspiration. Learn to be there for others.

Here’s a story.
A preacher was trying to prepare his sermon one Saturday night, but his little boy would not allow him because he wanted to play.

The preacher, in a bid to handle the situation, saw an old newspaper with the world map on it and thought “I will tear the world map to pieces and ask Juniour to rearrange it. That will keep him busy. He smiled and with his plan hatched, he settled down for his sermon preparation. However, it didn’t take long before Juniour showed up with his smile of achievement, saying “Daddy, I have rearranged the world map.”

His daddy was really amazed and wondered how he could have done the work in a very short time. Juniour, feeling like a genius added “Daddy, there was a man at the back of the paper and I thought that if I can put the man together, I will be able to put the world together.

My dear reader, the moral of the story above is influence others positively. As a student, the best time to start making a positive difference is now, starting from your campus.

Take action. Decide one major thing you will do to make your campus a better place than you met it, and you will be glad you did.


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