If Life Throws You Lemons, Make Lemonade Out of It

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“I will help you but you would be offered Mathematics instead of Civil Engineering,” said the Professor. This is the reply the young lady got after she had explained her ordeal. She got 176 out of 400 in her first attempt in the University Entrance Examinations, and she was offered Mathematics. She rejected the offer because she wanted to become an engineer in the future. She made the second attempt, and she scored 197 out of 400. While the cut off mark for Civil Engineering in the University for that Year was 200. Again, the only offer she could get is for the professor to help her to be admitted into Mathematics department.

The lady in question rejected the offer again. She had vowed that it is either Civil Engineering or nothing. Hence, when the next entrance exams into higher institutions was out, she took that of universities and at the same time of polytechnics. When it is time for the results, the polytechnic one came out first, she was finally given admission to study Civil Engineering. She speedily accepted the offer without any consideration.

After graduating from the polytechnic, she would work on site for a while as an engineer, and then found herself in the classroom as a Mathematics teacher. She was always blessed whichever job she found herself. I think she would have accepted to study Mathematics in the university. God always speaks by situations and happenings sometimes.


It is not every time you get what you want in life, but you can make use of whatever you get in lieu of your desire at that time. As students, I don’t see anything wrong with accepting the course you are offered. That is what you qualify for! Fela Anikulapo Kuti studied Medicine but opted to be a professional musician. I think he would have studied Music in the first instance. As an applicant, if you are not starting your business immediately, take any job you are offered and start with it. It’s just your starting point. Every ‘big’ man you see today started very small yesterday. As a lady, you have your criteria as per the man you want to marry, but the man that showed up is far from it. I don’t think there is a new thing in that. You can go with the man and make sure he becomes what you want. Likewise men can do the same.

The story told above justifies that sometimes, life gives us lemons to suck, but you have to learn to make lemonade out of it, as a sweet juice to drink.

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Author: Peter Adewumi

Peter Adewumi is an Amazon author of "Virtues for Riches" series, "Romantic, Inspirational & Motivational Poems," "Attributes of Successful Employees," "The End Matters Most," & "A Lonely Ward in a Comely World."

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