Monday, November 11, 2013

[STUDENT ESSAY] "Facing My Fears" by Tingir Moses Dooyum

By Tingir Moses Dooyum

When I was a little boy in my primary school days, I failed a mathematics test. My mathematics teacher was so annoyed with me and flogged me 20 strokes with the cane. As a result, I became upset and stopped coming to school for a whole semester. Eventually, my dad had to transfer me to another school but one thing continued to disturb me for a long time. Any time the mathematics teacher entered the class, I would become uncomfortable. I was afraid to make another mistake and be flogged. As a result, I started avoiding my mathematics lessons for the rest of my stay in primary school.

This affected my later life in the secondary school as I developed a phobia for mathematics. The end result was that I failed mathematics twice and couldn't gain admission into a university. My dad finally hired a home teacher in mathematics for me so that I can pass my School Certificate exams. I later gained admission into a university but I was not happy because my classmates were well ahead of me, and graduated before me. I also couldn't study the course I wanted to because my mathematics grade was too low.

In conclusion, I've now realized, although too late, that you don't have to avoid your fears; you should instead face them to overcome them. Running away from your fear only makes your problem worse. Like the saying, "he who fights and runs away, lives to fight another day,“ I also had to come back to face mathematics before I was able to further my studies. 

I have learned that when you overcome a problem, you gain more strength to face bigger problems later in life. But when you shy away from them, you become weaker to face even smaller problems that you may encounter in life.


My name is Moses Dooyum Tingir and I am from Makurdi, Nigeria. I studied B.Sc Psychology at Benue State University in Nigeria. I graduated in 2011 and went for the mandatory one year National Youth Service Corps in Kano, Nigeria. I love travelling and meeting new people. But mostly, I love writing articles, and biographies. I also love helping people in need, which explains why I am a member of the Rotary family as a Rotaractor. My aim in life is to become a researcher in the field of Psychology. 

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