A young Nigerian man named Olajuyin Olaleye Ebenezer has fought back successfully after getting over 27 rejections in an attempt to study in the United States.
Olajuyin Olaleye bagged his bachelor’s degree from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology(LAUTECH) in Ogbomosho Nigeria. He graduated with a Second Class Upper Honors (2:1).
Olaleye said immediately after his graduation, he hoped to study cancer diseases abroad, though he saw it as just a dream. He then started applying for PhD positions in world universities by sending mails and letters.
”I Graduated from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomosho Nigeria (Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science)……I have this big dream of studying cancer diseases abroad, so it all started in the year 2020,” he wrote on LinkedIn.
He stated that it was a tough moment for him as he got 27 rejections from different universities. Olaleye added that he sent 585 emails to professors requesting that they accept him but none of the emails were accepted.
”It was indeed a rough and a tough journey with massive rejections, I got 27 rejections in all but I chose not to give up, I kept applying, improving my CV, gained more molecular skills, connect with various scholars for guidance, I sent 584 emails to professors across the world requesting for a PhD position in there laboratory,” he added.
Despite getting tons of rejections, Olaleye did not give up on his applications, he kept applying, gained more skills and connected with mentors. Finally his effort paid off and was awarded a fully funded PhD scholarship at the University of Marine in the United States.
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The PHD scholarship covers his tuition, health insurance and monthly stipend for upkeep. The scholarship also includes his Masters degree tuition.
Olaleye expressed his happiness about the scholarship award, anticipating on starting his laboratory rotation at his dream laboratory in the Maine.
”A fully funded PhD scholarship at the University of Maine United States of America In the next few days I will officially start my first laboratory rotation at The Jackson Laboratory in bar harbor, Maine United States (My dream laboratory),” he said.
Olaleye is presently a Rotation Graduate Student at the Katherine Moytl Laboratory in the United States.