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Habeeblah Olamilekan
Kwara state polytechnic,ilorin
Graduate, Nigeria.
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Gracious Akande , 20 , graduated with a first- class degree in Mass Communication at Pentecost University College , an affiliate of University of Ghana . She graduated with 3 .82 /4 .00 CGPA. In this interview with TUNDE AJAJA , she talks about her educational journey and life in a foreign institution.

We learnt you had your tertiary education in Ghana, what informed the move ?

Initially , it wasn’ t part of my options to study in Ghana, but when I didn ’t meet the cut - off mark for my first choice in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination , it became an option . I could have gone for my second choice , but my dad got the idea about going to school in Ghana from a family friend . We both researched about schools in Ghana, the tuition and the cost of living. Although it was a bit expensive , considering the financial situation at home , it was still relatively less expensive compared to private universities in Nigeria at that time . We settled for a school since I was going to get my certificate from the University of Ghana and that sealed the deal .

Was it your deliberate plan when you got to school to graduate with first -class degree or it was a product of providence?

I have learnt that nothing happens by chance. Earlier, I mentioned that my tuition was quite expensive , so my plan was to get high grades, not only to impress my parents , but to also qualify me for a scholarship, in order to take the burden off my parents . That was my motivation in the first year . After my first year , I singlehandedly put together my scholarship application , requested for certain documents to be scanned and sent to me from Nigeria. On getting to the scholarship office, the moment my form was opened which showed I was Nigerian, I was immediately told I could not qualify for the scholarship because it was only available to Ghanaians. I was devastated . I managed to hold back the tears till I got to my room where I had the privacy to cry. That was my greatest disappointment at the time . But, like I said , to be successful in any venture , you need to be deliberate about it because nothing good comes easy . Graduating with a first- class degree in itself may be easy if one is wired naturally with discipline , focus, diligence and wisdom from birth. However, no one comes endowed with these attributes , so we all have to go through the rigours of imbibing them, which is the difficult part . But once we have mastered that, the rest is easy .

Were you social or it was always about your studies?

I think I was a bookworm . Although, I created time once in a while to go out with friends but I would mostly relax with movies and junk food . I sometimes attended school events that were entertaining .

source: punchng.com/i-read-a-lot-to-learn-something-new-akande-first-class-graduate/
I Read A Lot To Learn Something New–akande, First-class Graduate - Campus Gists & Events

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