No one attended the last Osun State University, Osogbo, without hearing of Miss Maryam Kikelomo Adegbite of the Department of Microbiology. She bagged the overall best student in the university for the 2016/2017 academic session.
Adorned in her hijab, she triggered a wide jubilation among friends family, classmates, Muslim faithful and indigenes.
While speaking with newsmen, Miss Adegbite painstakingly narrated her tough journey on the rough road to success.
She gave thank to Almighty Allah for making her achieve the feat.
Maryam revealed that she was not a social media enthusiast while in school, telling Amiloaded that all she does was reading most of the times.
Maryam is a doting lady from a lovely family. She’s a an easy going being who loves to utilize every golden opportunity of networking and meeting with people.
The 23-year-old is from the ancient town Osogbo and hopes to have a better career in the academics.
Question: What were some of the difficulties you encountered?
The admission search quest was the first challenge on its own. It took me two and a half years to secure admission after my secondary education since 2011.
What about as an undergraduate?
The most challenging days were during my second year at school (200 level), it took me little time to adjust to the learning processes.
Alhamdulilaah, I passed through hurdles and I was astonished when I had 5.00 GPA for the very first time at 200 level second semester.
How did you overcome in your faculty/department believed to be the most difficult in UNIOSUN?
Yes, in fact, I was almost discouraged about the course during my first year. The senior colleagues discouraged us about the course (Microbiology) and the lecturers. They addressed the lecturers as strict, unapproachable beings and disciplinarians who can’t add a mark to a student’s score but rather fail students.
I told myself back then, ‘Maryam you can do it’. My parents were disciplinarian so, meeting with my lecturers wasn’t a challenge.
Alhamdulillah, I feel elated to have graduated from that department as I was being trained by disciplinarians who made me realize how essential it was to value due processes rather than shortcuts.
What particular thing helped you?
How I overcame, it isn’t secretive. I sat down, discovered myself and promised myself to graduate with a CGPA of 4.95 in the Department of Microbiology. All I did was to discover who I was by passing through the self-discovery quest. I discovered my reading and studying strategies. Then, I devised an acronym for myself- P.U.D.H.E (Prayers, Understanding, Determination, Hard work, Extracurricular activities).
The acronym helped me a lot and Alhamdulillah, Allah made it feasible for me. It wasn’t by my ease by Allaah’s to have graduated with a 4.91 C.G.P.A. after setting a goal of 4.95.