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Aderinola Bunmi
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Abdullahi Aminu Al-Ameen has become the first student of Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto (UDUS) to graduate with a first class in the Department of Geology, Faculty of Science. The department, since its inception in 2013, has not produced a first class graduate.

Al-Ameen, 23-year-old, had already graduated from Kebbi State University with a cumulate grade point average (CGPA) of 4.54. But, he has had passion for Geology since his secondary school days. And when the opportunity was available at UDUS to read Geology, he quickly grabbed it.

To him, achieving the feat was not an easy task despite his position as the class representative. His involvement in the school’s extra-curricular activities coupled with his low CGPA in his first year, was not at all inspiring. Nonetheless, Al-Ameen took it as a challenge – a decision that paid off eventually.

In an interview with CampusLife, Al-Ameen explained that being admitted for his choice of study really boosted his morale to aim for the top.

He said: “Actually Geology was my dream course since I was in secondary school because I heard so much about it from my Geography teacher,” Al-Ameed said durijg UDUS graduation.

“Geography was my favorite subject back in secondary school, so I tried to study a course in science field related to Geography and my teacher recommended Geology to me. When I sat for UTME in 2014, I had 241; that’s why I was given Geology because of the high scores, according to one of my lecturers. Geology was my choice and when the school offered me Geology, I was very happy and I strived very hard to clinch the feat.”

He noted that his performance in his first year was not worth bragging about for a first class student. He recalled: “My 100-Level wasn’t impressive due to my lack of experience in campus life and how to stay focus on my studies, I managed 4.49 in 100-Level, but when I was in 200-Level, I began to realise my purpose of being in school which was to study; and with the experience of 100-Level, I began to pay more attention to my studies and less attention to campus activities. Although, I participated in campus politics, but that did not stop me from achieving my dream. From that point on, I started planning and managing my time everyday.”

He explained that working with students with the same mindset also helped him a lot.

Al-Ameen noted that he was never a nocturnal reader, adding that his intellectual weapon was extensive study at daytime.

“Whenever I was given a material, I always make some research on my own. I read one course everyday for at least three hours and at most four hours every morning from 8-12, especially on days I did not have lectures.

“I don’t read in the night. Whenever I read in the morning, whenever examination approached, I always increased my reading to at least five hours everyday and at most seven hours, sometimes from 9am to 2pm and sometimes 9am to 4pm.”




Source: http://thenationonlineng.net/varsity-produces-first-class-in-geology/

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