Having been an avid reader since my childhood days, my normal school day begins at four in the morning. My morning is composed of psychological preparation and physical preparation. Psychological preparation entails preparing the mind for the day’s activities while physical preparation entails preparing the body for the day’s activities. Immediately after waking up, I first begin by saying a short a prayer thanking the almighty Lord for giving me another golden chance to see another new day and promising myself to do my best to make sure that I utilize the day as wisely as possible as if it was my last day on this planet. Being in the wee hours of the morning I first reactivate my mind by doing some mind boggling exercises such as playing mind games which include chess or even Sudoku. After the mind games, which of course leave my brain cells highly activated, I sit down with a piece of paper and pen and note down the various things that I would like to see accomplished before the end of the day. As the old adage goes, a well spent day is a day well planned, so must I ensure that I plan my day as early as possible so that at the end of the day I would sit down and rest assured that I have spent my day wisely and to the fullest.

After laying down my plans for the whole day, I then embark on reading some few paragraphs from an inspirational piece of writing which can be a book, magazine, journal or even a newspaper. This is meant to give me the impetus to execute all my day’s activities without any fear of failing, procrastination or even loosing hope midway through what I am supposed to do on that particular day. Being very quiet in the morning devoid of any disturbance whatsoever, whatever I read usually sinks into my mind just like the way calm waters sink deepest on a dry ground. After an uninterrupted half hour reading session, as quickly as light, I dash to the bathroom to take a quick shower.

Having taken my shower, I do proceed to brush my teeth and simultaneously prepare my breakfast. In essence, this multitasking i.e. preparing breakfast and brushing my teeth at the same time helps me save time which I will in this case utilize in doing other activities. Moreover, other than saving time, it also saves a lot of energy which would in this case be channeled to do other things. Having prepared breakfast and brushed my teeth, I dress up and take my breakfast. All these series of activities are happening in a speed of light as I am supposed to report to school in good time ready to commence morning preps which are mandatory for all students.

Having taken breakfast and already dressed up, I begin my journey to school. Due to the fact that the school is not located a stone throw away from our home, I am forced to leave home as early as six thirty in the morning so that I can arrive at school some few minutes before the morning preps begin. I not only have to leave home that early in the morning but also make sure that my speed of walking is high enough to enable me arrive at school in good time before the morning preps begin. This therefore implies that while on my way to school, I have to stay clear of all manner of distracters that are most likely to slow down my pace of walking to school lest I am willing to risk arriving late at school which in this case would attract some form of punishment from the teacher on duty.

On arrival at school, I take some five to ten minutes relaxing from the long journey that I have taken from home to school. This again is meant to freshen up my mind and consequently prepare my brain cells for the day’s academic work that is ahead of me. Mind you the mind needs to be absolutely composed for it to absorb anything fed into it.

During preps time, one can decide to do revision work on his own or else join fellow classmates in a group and discuss on a given topic. Personally, I prefer joining a discussion group in the morning and do a discussion on a given topic. This, according to me, helps in reactivating one’s brain cells. Nonetheless, joining a discussion group per se does not help in reactivating one’s brain cells but being actively involved in the discussion does. It is therefore imperative that if one decides to join a discussion group, he or she should be actively involved in the discussion or else he or she would end up not benefitting from the discussion at all.

After the morning preps end (around eight in the morning), we usually assemble together for the morning parade which lasts for a period of between ten to fifteen minutes. The main aim of having the parade is to allow the administration update us on any latest developments taking place in the school. The developments can range from introduction of new staffs, rules and regulations or even update or inform us of any upcoming events in which the school will be directly or indirectly involved. Time being of essence, the parade is usually as brief as possible. This is to enable students and also teachers have ample time to get ready for the lessons which usually begins at around 8.30 am.

The morning session is divided into two sessions; one session starts from 8.30 am to 10.30 am after which we go for a 15 minutes break and then the other session begins from 10.45 am and ends at 12.45 pm. In the two morning sessions, we are usually taught a total of four lessons each of which lasts one hour but at times a lesson might take two full hours (this is usually the case with practical lessons which require ample time for the students to assimilate and absorb all that they have done in the practical session). After the morning sessions, we usually break for lunch which fortunately is served within the school premises (i.e. in the school’s dinning hall).

The lunch break usually goes up to 1.50 pm after which we are required to go back to the classroom and prepare for the two o’clock classes. Most students and even the teachers themselves usually despise these afternoon classes on the basis that after taking lunch, the mind usually performs or functions at its base rate (i.e. it works very slow as compared to the morning sessions where the brain cells are highly activated and thus the mind is functioning at its optimal level). That in spite of, what cannot be done must be borne. It only takes a small shift in a person’s perception of the afternoon sessions for one to realize and appreciate the fact that the afternoon sessions are no different from the morning sessions. The only difference lies in the timelines.

The afternoon sessions usually end at 4.30 pm after which we all break for evening games where we all get the chance to flex our muscles through the various sporting activities available in our school. Being a die hard fan of football, I enjoy playing football with my peers. The evening games end at around 5.30 pm after which we all go home.

After school, I hurriedly go home to help my parents with their house chores before proceeding to my room for evening studies which usually start from 7.30 pm and end at 8.45 pm. After studies, I join the other family members at the dinning table for supper. After supper, we all as family say a prayer thanking the almighty Lord for the wonderful day that He had accorded us. Finally, after prayers we all proceed to our respective rooms to sleep and wake up in the morning ready to face another day.