In this interview with AISHA HARUN, the graduating student who won the highest prizes during the 33rd convocation of University of Ilorin, Rasheedat Alabi, revealed that she once failed as a student but didn’t give up.
QUESTION: Can you tell us what state you hail from and your age? Ikirun in Osun State. I am 22 years old.
What were your sources of inspiration as a student? My family
Asides your family members, do you have a mentor? None while in school
Did you have any regrets as an undergraduate? No regrets
How about challenges as a student? I once failed once but i had my parent’s support and love which kept me going.
What were your happiest moments in school? I had a lot of happy moments, some include seeing my friends and I pass exams as a team and when we got inducted. Also during one of the quizzes I was involved in.
How did your Christian lecturers react knowing you the best student and a muslim?They’ve nothing against me.
What were your working tactics – routines, study patterns etc?
I tried to be consistent with reading, I had group discussions with my classmates.
What were your contributions to islam at UI (medical school) if there are any? I was just a member of MSSN. I was a member of the guide, a publication by MSSN.
You also write articles for them? Yes
Was it an annual thing or weekly/monthly? No, it was like a book.
Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years from now? Happily married with lovely kids, a consultant and a PhD holder, In Sha Allah.
Before the final question, how many awards did you receive as a graduating student? 26
What advice would you give students still in the university, especially those who have seen you as a role model?
Pray to God, ne consistent and never get discouraged.