Uwa Isehi Agnes, a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo university has shared her story on how she bagged two B.Scs just to fulfill her dream. She narrated the ordeal on twitter and also gave advise to people not to do it except for genuine reasons.
Read her story below;
I recently bagged my 2nd B.Sc and this is my story – a story of the pursuit of purpose and fulfillment!I hope this pushes you to pursue purpose and fulfillment come 2023.
As a bright yet slow-learning and average secondary school student
I had a strong passion to study Architecture. Having failed JAMB and rejected by some Scandinavia universities to study Architecture, I went on to Benson Idahosa University (BIU) to study Computer Science (CSC). While in CSC, there was this unending sadness I felt.
2012 was the year I discovered God’s purpose for my life and that same year, God showed me Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU).
While busy about my final year project, I was encouraged by friends to sit JAMB which I did but failed OAU post UTME.
Still in 2014,I graduated from the department of Computer Sciences at Benson Idahosa University with a 2nd Class Upper Division (3.75)
At this point,it is imperative to tell you about my family’s role in my return to school. My dad was supported me from start while others kicked against it. I took no offense because their reasons were born out of the love they have for me. 2015 there was more support from family, I tried again and I and was offered Quantity Surveying (QTS). Such a bad news for me which later became my safe haven.
On May 27th 2016, I assumed studentship at OAU to study QTS. Seeing that my request to cross to Architecture wasn’t granted, I made up my mind to give QTS my best.
Along the line, health challenges set in. At gunpoint in year 2, I was robbed at my hostel outside the campus; this trauma lasted 1 year and my GP in my sophomore year 1st semester dropped to 1 point. Also, I had my best results while heading critical positions. These are the highlights of my years at OAU:
👉 Part 1 (100-level)
NAQSS-OAU award of the best-dressed female student.
👉 Part 2
i. NAQSS -OAU award of the most sophisticated female student.
ii. Member NAQSS-OAU Editorial Committee.
👉 Part 3
i. Vice President NAQSS-OAU.
Ii. Chairperson counseling and academic committee.
iii.NAQSS-OAU award of the most influential student.
👉 Part 4
i. PRO Environmental Design And Management Students Association Electoral Committee.
ii. 1st Position ‘Women Association of Quantity Surveyors’ south-west inter-school debate competition.
iii. NAQSS-OAU award of most sophisticated female.
👉 Part 5
i. Elected as 1st female president of NAQSS-OAU
ii. NAQSS-OAU award of achiever of the year.
iii. NAQSS-National (Abuja) award of best serving president in southern Nigeria.
As president, my fame went round school and the quantity surveying profession in Nigeria.
When I led students of the department to Lagos for a 4 days socio-academic trip. News blogs like instablog naija, yaba left and more aired our visit. Thanks to Sujimoto.
Also, when my team (Team Ability) invited the Deputy Vice Chancellor of OAU, Prof. Olubola Babalola (1st female professor of quantity surveying in Africa) to commission the 42 seating standard library given to the students association by team ability (as seen in my 2021 LinkedIn post).
Due to covid and ASUU strike graduation was delayed from 2020 to 2022 and I made a 2nd class lower division of 3.26
If asked,I won’t advise anyone to have 2 B.Sc except for genuine reasons. It is important to discover what fulfillment means to you on time.
Sincere appreciation goes to my family,friends,lecturers,NAQSS-OAU (alumni and present members), the great minds I met on campus, and ofcourse to God Almighty for directing my steps to OAU.
I hope this inspires someone for a better 2023.