DREAMS CAN BE PURE

 

Young people’s dreams and ambitions may take on many forms and go through many phrases and changes. Some are practical and realistic; some can never go beyond wishful thinking. It is therefore important for the responsible authorities to ensure that students get the required help and guidance they need while making these lifelong decisions in their education journey.

Dreams can be pure make-believe. Dreams may also be based on goals that can be realized. Fulfilling such dreams requires information and knowledge-information about the requirements of reaching goals, and knowledge of one’s strengths and abilities. With this comes the need for good decision making skills, an essential element for career success. Everyday people make decisions, whether big or small and these decisions can have a huge impact on their lives.

The first time Nansamba Grace decided to go for a degree in social sciences at Makerere Universtiy, the choice was not an easy one.

“My parents never made it to secondary school. I was the first born in my family so I had no siblings to look up to. However, I had always dreamt of becoming an economist. When my time came to choose what I would do at the university, I realized that my options were limited by my poor performance in UACE examinations and financial constraints. I had to go for a relatively cheap course with lower cut-off points” says Nansamba.

When the time to join the university came, Nansamba instead joined the Makerere University School of social sciences where she pursued a bachelors degree in social sciences.

“I hoped that I would at least do a bachelors degree in economics but then when I was given social sciences upon admission, I just knew that I need to go for it and give it my best” she says.

While leaving with her auntie in Gayaza during her senior six vacation, she realized the impact her work as a social worker with Plan Uganda had on the people around her.

“She would see them at their worst and then see how she could help them. She represented a lot of parents, which I thought was a very important thing. I learnt to appreciate my course and now I do not regret ever going for it” Nansamba adds.

Nansamba Grace is now a social scientist after being awarded her degree in January last year.

Nansamba represents many students whose careers are unclear due to lack of career guidance while joining the university. Over 4000 graduating high school students who join the Uganda’s universities each year face one of the most crucial decisions in their lives and that is future career decision. These students face the fact that the certain adjudication will decide their future. Deciding on what course to do requires mature and serious discussion. During this time in a student’s life there is need for guidance from more experienced or professional individuals.

“Students often have no idea about the different courses at campus or how to calculate their weights. So it is necessary for them to be taken through the basics of course selection so that they do not make mistakes that they might regret later” says Mr. Jjuuko William, the career guidance teacher at Nakaseke International College.

However, this is usually not the case as many students’ decisions are influenced either by parent or people close to them, or even by School authorities who help them fill their University admission forms. Yiga Shannon narrates his ordeal

“When we were filling Joint Admission Board (JAB) forms, I intended to make choices of courses that were in line with my passion to become a medical doctor. Unfortunately our headmistress who was in charge of helping us fill these forms put environmental sciences as one of the courses. I was given the course but I do not like it. I always wish I had a better course because then I would enjoy what I study and perhaps fulfill my dreams” says a sad Yiga

Young people’s dreams and ambitions may take on many forms and go through many phrases and changes. Some are practical and realistic; some can never go beyond wishful thinking. It is therefore important for the responsible authorities to ensure that students get the required help and guidance they need while making these lifelong decisions in their education journey.