A brilliant Nigerian Lady named Shukurat Adeyemi has achieved exceptional success after beating her colleagues to emerge as the best graduating student of English Language at the Lagos state University in Nigeria.
She was also awarded the best graduating student of her department after scoring 4.53/5.00 cumulative grade point.
Shukurat Adeyemi is the second to ever graduate with a first class honors from the Department Of English in LASU since its inception. She said her goal since her first year in the school was to graduate with a first class, despite knowing its a rare case in the department but she took up the challenge.
Though at some point she did not expect to finish with the grade as she missed an examination in one of her semesters but she persevered with a determined mind and she was able to achieve her goal.
”I was resolute and determined to work hard to break the jinx. I never gave up. I was able to do it with determination, hard work, perseverance and consistency. It was not easy because I missed an exam and carried over the course. However, it was not an impossibility. I worked super hard and diligently to get it,” Shukurat said.
”In my 400 level days, I was worrisome, anxious and fearful. I was scared that my CGPA may be just a stone’s throw to a first class. I was so sad. I had thought I will not make it, Finally, when I saw my final result, having made a first-class grade, I broke into tears,” she added.
While in LASU, Shukurat mentioned that she participated in many extra-curricular activities, despite being a top student in class. She represented the university in many competitions such as the (NANS) Inter-tertiary Debate competition, Southwest Nigeria Debate competition, Students of English in Southwest competition and won in all the competitions.
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She also won the most reputable LASUITE in 2021, Most Diligent and Bookworm of the Year in the Department of English, and also the Academic Star of the Year in the same Department.
Shukurat said she also participated in the City International Model United Nations, a United Nations conference that had representatives from various parts of the world, and was awarded the Most Outstanding Female Delegate of the Conference.
She stated that her Parent’s attitude towards education since she was a child shaped the way she handled her academics adding that they instilled academic excellence and diligence into her and siblings.
”When I was very young, and even in secondary school, once my dad observes that my siblings and I have spent more than two hours watching the TV, he will tell us to go and read our books, at some points, I was coerced to read. But later I loved it and I appreciated them for coercing me. It is what has built me into what I am today,” she said.
Advising rising students, Shukurat told them to put their absolute best in whatsoever they do especially in their studies.
”What is worth doing is worth doing well. If you must go to the university, please go well. Take it seriously and achieve the best at the end of it so that when you look back, you will be able to say, with your full chest, the things you have achieved during those years,” she advised.
Shukurat said her plans for the future is to give back to the society by contributing to the educational system in Nigeria.