An exceptional 18 years old Nigerian graduate has set an outstanding record after attaining a first class degree in Computer Science despite gaining admission for the programme at the age of 14.
The young man who simply goes by the name Joseph A. on Linkedin narrated how he was able to maneuver his way to achieve a first class in Computer Science despite getting into the University at a very young age.
Computer Science is one of the leading and most sought after course of study in the world as a result of its vast applicability in industries as well as the academic environments.
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Joseph, a graduate of Bowen University, South West Nigeria stated that he had to grow into the sizes of maturity and perseverance needed to walk through the journey of life.
He said: “Life is in phases, men are in sizes, and therefore, as life came to me in phases, I had to grow into the sizes of maturity and perseverance needed to walk through the journey of life. After one month of graduating at the age of 18 with First Class Honours, I want to share my experience of 4 years as an undergraduate.”
His story reads: “I got admission into Bowen University Iwo in 2017 at 14, making me one of the youngest in the matriculating class of 2017. As a young chap, I had to learn how to be smart while in University because I didn’t want to be exploited by others because of my age. After year one, I grew in every aspect of my life and I started setting out more goals for myself and was very intentional about my growth. Attaining these goals was never easy as I was faced with challenges and fears, but with hard work, luck and a good circle of individuals, I survived.
“In April 2018, I won the Inter-Level Coding Exhibition organized by the National Association of Computer Science Students’ Bowen Chapter. In June 2019, I was awarded as the 200 Level Programmer of the year by the National Association of Computer Science Students’ Bowen Chapter.
“In September 2019, I was elected as the Software Director II for the National Association of Computer Science Students’ Bowen Chapter. In September 2019, my team and I won the Nigerian Collegiate Programming Contest in Abuja to represent Nigeria in Egypt for the African/Arab Rounds.
“In May 2020, I worked with Glade for 6 months as a Mobile Application Engineer where I was the main application developer on the Glade Mobile Application. In September 2020, I was elected as the Software Director I for the National Association of Computer Science Students’ Bowen Chapter.
“In December 2020, I started working with bright minds at Klasha as a Mobile Application Engineer where I presently work. In August 2021, I wrote my final examinations as an undergraduate and defended my project thesis on “DEVELOPMENT OF A SMART CAR PARKING RESERVATION SYSTEM” using sound to pass data around.
“In November 2021, I graduated at the age of 18 with a First Class Honours in Computer Science & Information Technology and joined 4th best in my Department and College. I started with a 3.9 GPA and graduated with a 4.62 CGPA.”
He also expressed his readiness to enroll for his Master’s Degree at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, saying that he is working towards getting a Scholarship offer in Canada.
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