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What moving to a new city taught me: making lemonade

I moved to Calabar as a corps member to serve my Fatherland but beyond that, I learnt a lot of lessons and one of such was how to make lemonade out of lemons.

A common saying I heard about Calabar is that “There is nothing Calabar.” This means they believed that Calabar does not support commerce because most people are laid back. I must admit that in my first few weeks, I noticed this but I chose not to accept it as my reality.

I had come to realize that when you decide that a city has nothing to offer, it will truly offer nothing. So, I got on my feet and began applying for internships because my place of primary assignment (PPA) was not paying me and surprisingly, the city is expensive despite not supporting industry.

I did not get the internship I sought but I insisted that the city would yield something. I decided that Calabar would be a launch pad for me. I worked hard at my Community Development Service (CDS) Group and built up my portfolio. 

I created relationships with people that I was certain would be for life and took professional courses in areas that would widen my career opportunities. I gave myself over to learning and experiencing new things. 

Therefore, in the end, I left Calabar with new experiences (visiting the abundant sights), impactful relationships that I could leverage and a launch pad for the future.

In the end, the lessons I had learnt were abundant. One should not accept the stereotypes about cities one has not experienced firsthand. Also, I gained relationships that I will reap from for a long time. 

New cities should be launch pads for you. Don’t settle for less. Make lemonades out of lemons. 

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