CURSORY: Twenty-four-year-old Olamide Olabiyi, who graduated with first class in Pure and Applied Physics from LAUTECH narrates his academic journey and how he scaled through challenges.
Twenty-four-year-old Olamide Olabiyi, who graduated with first class in Pure and Applied Physics from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso in a recent interview shared his academic story and how he coped with them to bag a first class.
The young man shared that he took Jamb twice, with medicine and surgery in mind but couldn’t reach the cut off mark on both attempts.
He switched to Pure and Applied Physics after the second attempt.
According to him, it was a little difficult in the beginning because of how different both courses were.
Although his performance in his first year was disappointing, he still came out top of his class.
He also revealed that his study pattern was very flexible and he was a social butterfly in school. He held a lot of posts in school but it didn’t affect his dream to graduate with a first class.
“I was involved in several extracurricular activities, ranging from my fellowship, to department, faculty, hostel and school at large. The biggest of the positions I occupied in school happened in 2018/2019 academic session when I was appointed the Head of the Students’ Union when the administration back then was proscribed.
“I was also an active member of the drama group in my fellowship, Nigeria Federation of Catholic Students and I doubled as the PRO/Provost of the unit. This was as a result of my flair for having fun. In my third year, I was elected the class governor in my department after the former one had crossed out of the department.
“It was in the following year that I was elected as the President of the Catholic Youths Organisation of Nigeria Central Deanery Council of the Ibadan archdiocese and faced with the challenge of handling those positions in Ibadan and Ogbomoso simultaneously. It was not easy but I had to manage it all and balance my academic life with it. I had foreseen how to manage the responsibility of being the President of Ibadan Youths as I had projected to have my industrial training in Ibadan. I wanted to make a mark in the organisation and lay down a legacy which by God’s grace I was able to.In all of these, I never joked with my sports, especially as it concerns football. I was the goalkeeper for my department and team captain for my class in all of our”.
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