By Solomon Aplas Motivation
Five years ago (2015) I found myself as a grade 12 "drop out". It was the lowest point in my life. I cried and thought life was unfair and questioned myself, my capabilities and my talents. Other's looked down on me, some made demeaning comment's saying that I would never get anywhere in life, and many doubted me which greatly affected my self esteem and self worth. But I thank God that I Never Gave Up! He gave me the Strength to Endure on! That year I became a teacher's assistant to get some little money to upgrade my marks. I worked hard, prayed and persevered on.
Story Credit to Carolyn Jay Yako : Solomon Alpas Motivation
Back then during school grads, I used to dream of becoming an engineer but unsure which type of engineer I would be. During my year 11, I read a newspaper article on the educational section about a guy from my district in Koroba - Lake Kopiago, Hela Province who successfully completed his studies in the field of Electrical Engineering at Auckland University of Technology .
I was so amazed by his story. In fact, his story becomes my motivation. Today, I am proud to graduate as an Electrical Engineer.
But graduating in engineering field isn't that easy.
TWENTY-three year-old Lillian David has been selling pillows, betelnut, cigarettes and has saved her earnings to help make her way through university to be among 2000-plus students at the University of Papua New Guinea preparing for her graduation next week. The determined lass, who came through the external mode of studies, is graduating with a diploma in Business Management and is also a third year Tourism student at the main UPNG campus. Her dream to be a businesswoman, has motivated her to be who she is today as she goes about learning from her experience as a simple seller, who manages to budget small and create profits.
The most painful moments of my life were when I had to deal with the deaths in my immediate family when I questioned God's plan for me and my family. My big sister hung herself at our family home at June Valley and my elder brother was murdered at Gordons market.
"It was absolutely a heart breaking for a young me.I had to tireless take care of my mother and my father most of the time putting studies on halt but I always trust in God. Sadly, my father also passed on when I was looking forward to completing my year 11 in 2015."
The name list of selected students to the universities and colleges came out in the media. He's name wasn't in any of the three institutions of his choices' list.
He was so broke, he felt his world just ended right there. He was ashamed of his friends and neighbors, and most of all afraid of his parents as that's not their anticipation.
His poor parents have been working hard for the last 12 years to keep him in school. They have placed their hopes of better days in him to become successful and provide for the family. But now, it's all in despair.
A single mother, who went through toughest time in life said do not loose focus. The moment you loose focus on the one important thing in front of you, you will destroy yourself and a good future that lies ahead of you.
Rose Borre, fell pregnant in 2003, until the biological father of her 16 year old son walked out of her life to be with his ex- girlfriend
"I was working as a receptionist at Milne Bay Estate In Alota at that time."
"I came to live with family, they supported me but I felt like I had to get up and support myself."
The pain of crying every night to achieve his dreams was so heart breaking for a young boy who was raised in a single parent family in his entire life. It was his mother alone taking both responsibilities of a father and mother at the same time. Henry was 5 years old when his dad passed on after he was Diagnosed with the Chronic Respiratory Disease at Nonga General Hospital in Rabaul, East New Britain Province of Papua New Guinea.
"My school fees were paid through copra sales and my mother would usually sits at the market 24/7 selling garden produce for my busfare and school fee"
I don't have things like other kids have, I wished to take lunch money to school but I don't because my mum can't give me.
She only prepares lunch or some time I would go to school without food until classes end at 3:30pm.
GPA stands for Grade Point Average and it is essential for students or parents to know how it is calculated. GPA is calculated by using the number of grade points a student earns in a given period of time. GPAs are often calculated for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, and can be used by potential employers or educational institutions to assess and compare applicants.
So the Formula to Calculate GPA is
GPA = Sum of Grade Points / Number of Subjects /
In Papua New Guinea, the Lower Secondary uses different grading system as well as the Upper Secondary. For Colleges and universities may use the same ideology in calculating the GPA. First lets look at the grading system and their definition for Secondary Schools in PNG.
By Julie Badui Owa
This brilliant star on my lap is 11-year-old Angela. She's a grade 4 student of Sialum Primary school in the Tewae-Siassi District of Morobe. Her father is a Community Health Officer at the Sialum Health Centre, the only health centre serving a population of almost 12 thousand.
Angela and I were passengers of the only LLG ten seater Land cruiser vehicle that was going to transport us to Gagidu, Finschhafen District to get on a boat to Lae. She was too shy to speak as we were sitting beside each other in the vehicle.
I introduced myself to her and asked her where she was going. Angela was also accompanied by her small Aunty, also a grade 5 student at Sialum Primary School.
By Michael Kuam
BASICALLY, there are seven reasons why degree holders are poor.
1. THEY DON’T THINK BEYOND THEIR CERTIFICATES
Albert Einstein said, “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” Have you ever heard creativity term “Think outside the box”? One of the major reasons why most graduates are poor is simply because they can’t see and think beyond their certificates.
I have seen engineering students work as bankers. I have seen medical doctors with great skills in web and graphic designs. I have seen lawyers that are very dexterous with finances. The list is endless!
The basic truth of life is that the skills that are needed to be much sought after and become more successful in life are not really found within the walls of the classrooms. Your certificate is just a proof that you are teachable, it does not suggest what you are totally capable of doing. You are full of possibilities when you think beyond your degrees and certificates.
2. THEY PRIORITIZE THEIR CERTIFICATES MORE THAN THEIR GIFTS AND TALENTS
I have often advised some of my colleagues, never to leave their gifts dormant while pursuing and hunting for jobs with their certificates. There must be a complementary balance in the pursuit of your passion and in the search for jobs.
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