BellaNaija presents “Celebrating You! Class of 2013.” A few weeks ago, we called for submissions of graduating students who had excelled in their course of study. We acknowledge the fact that everyone who has graduated this year is a winner. We, therefore, want to celebrate people who have gone over and above the norm. People who have gotten meritorious distinctions and awards from their institution of study. We hope that you are inspired and we look forward to receiving more entries.
In this edition, we’re celebrating a pretty scientist who studied at the University of Benin and graduated with a 1st class degree. Uwa Imafidon went on to get a post graduate degree at the University of Texas, Arlington where she graduated with a 4.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Three reasons why Uwa should be celebrated.
My childhood dream was to become a medical doctor, however, upon applying to the school of Medicine, I was instead accepted into the University of Benin City to study Crop Science. In my second year, I wanted to switch to the department of Microbiology, but sadly, after accepting me into the department, it did not work out and I was made to return to the department of Crop Science. I did not stop there, I took the jamb examination for the second time passed, and took the post UME. However, I was 2 marks short of the cut off point for Medicine, scoring 138 of 140. Shockingly, when I got my admission letter for the second time, I was given the same Crop Science. I accepted it and decided to do well in whatever I studied, as I was taught. My efforts were rewarded and I graduated with a first class degree with a G.P.A of 4.52 and was awarded the best graduating student in the department, in 2010.
I traveled to the United States to further my education in the sciences and graduated with my Masters degree in Microbiology with a 4.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. I plan to attain a Ph.D in Microbiology and begin a lifelong career in research.
I should be celebrated because this is a remarkable achievement, and I believe my story would be a motivating factor to other Nigerian students. Hard work, dedication and of course God was a key factor in helping me get a first class in my undergrad and a maximum GPA in my graduate studies.