It could just be interesting if somebody were to ask me, ‘why do you love Coal City University, Enugu the way you do?’ What really would be my reply? This thought suddenly awoke my consciousness and I began to think about it much more seriously. Why CCU? Why not any of the much older, more famous, lesser tuition and state-owned higher institutions that dot the landscape? But something about the Coal City University made me not think too long!
University is often the first chance to live independently. Coal City University Enugu is prestigious, located in a historic city, considered one of the amazing private universities in Nigeria. Yes, at Coal City, I got the chance for my much coveted independent life, but, pleasantly, way beyond what I bargained for. I found my cherished independence, but much above that, supportive care outside home. I found everybody – academic and non-academic staff, fellow students – just jostling among themselves to provide me care and love. I thought to myself, could this be real? As I thought further, I began to consider, one-by-one, some few reasons why I love my school. See what I came up with:
1. My school is incredibly unique. I found so many mix of people, each with their uniqueness. The uniqueness that offers something different, really different but complementary at the same time. Everyone contributes something really special which makes the whole thing quite interesting, and the atmosphere serene and inviting.
2. Then there are opportunities. My school offers so many different opportunities to get involved in things around campus. Even though I never bargained for entrepreneurship studies but every student was made to enrol for the classes anyway. Over time I began to realize the kind of entrepreneurial skills I was building from those entrepreneurship classes. My mindset really changed. They got me thinking about challenges, problems, issues in society, things ordinarily I would have just glossed over. For the first time, I realized, I, the me you can see, can actually be part of solving the challenges of the society I am part of. Incredible! Me? Then, I began to make sense of the school motto: education for self-actualization. It’s true, true, so true!
3. I also observed that, for some strange reasons, students were eager to learn. I realize I learn from everybody, not just inside the classroom alone from my professional lecturers, but also outside the classroom I am learning from my fellow schoolmates. They always want to engage each other about the things we learnt. We found ourselves becoming friends, sharing our past and present experiences, now as students of the great Coal City University. The varied modes of teaching including the use of multimedia type of learning, not the stereotype teacher standing before the class and talking, is, to say it mildly, very exciting.
4. At the library, I found the e-learning platform interesting. I realized that students did not have to carry around huge textbooks and notebooks. All those are carefully stored in our e-platform in soft copies. You create your own account and check in as much materials as you want – books, articles, maps, manuals, relevant news articles, charts and PowerPoint slides, all that you really want. These make research and learning so easy, so refreshing. Thank God I am at Coal City, my lovely alma mater.
5. I love my school because it is absolutely my home away from home. I feel comfortable here. It was not as hard to adjust as I had thought it would be. The pervading feeling of friendship, inclusion and ownership among students, academic and non-academic staff make us tag CCU a place for academic excellence.
6. Importantly, I am so grateful to the school for the scholarship I have enjoyed. God helped me to be the best performing student in the 2017/2018 academic session, and to my great joy my efforts were rewarded by the school management with a scholarship. It was a big help to me and pleasant relief to my parents. I am ever so grateful. Thank you Coal City University.
7. Let me finally acknowledge the commitment and effective handling of students we see daily in the management, lecturers, other staff, right from professors to the lowest. It’s been truly amazing! With these kind of persons and attitudes, achieving the lofty goals of the university in raising critical thinkers, solution providers in our own time is a done deal!
Thank you Coal City University! I remain grateful!!
Kosisochukwu Cynthia Okeke
(Coal City University Academic Ambassador, 2017/2018 Academic Session)
Department of Management Sciences
Faculty of Arts, Social and Management Sciences