Meet Ayodele Motunrayo a Biochemistry graduate of Landmark University, Omu-aran, Kwara state, Nigeria, who graduated with a Second Class Upper honor with a CGPA of 4.47/5.00, class of 2017 on the 10th episode of #SuccessStoriesSeries.
Started 19 and graduated 23 years.
Enjoy the interview with her…

Q: Can we meet you?
A: My name is Ayodele Motunrayo, I am the baby of the house of six children, I’m 25 years old from Ogun state, Nigeria. I studied biochemistry at the amazing Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara state. I was in the noble set of 2017.
Q: What was the class of degree and CGPA you graduated with?
A: I made a Second Class upper (2.1) with cgpa 4.47/5.00
Q: How did you feel graduating second class upper (2.1)? What were the factors responsible for your feat?
A: It was a mixed feeling for me when I saw my final cgpa. I was happy and I also felt I could have done better. Oh yeah, God first then the thought of the sacrifice my parents made to keep me in school were factors.


Q: Who/what was your motivation along the quest? Can you share some of your experiences in Landmark University?
A: My immediate elder brother was a strong motivation to me. I always look forward to the holiday gist with him about how I am doing well in school.
My experiences in school can be likened to a smoothie with different kind of fruits, the ones you like and the ones you don’t. I made mistakes and I took some steps in the wrong directions but I have no regret. My saddest moment in school was 2014 easter break that was canceled by the school management. Also had lots of exciting moments which I can’t list all. I learnt a lot of lessons also, but a major one is the power of positivity which kept me fixed to the wheel till the end.
Q: What were the challenges you encountered before gaining admission into the university?
A: Like most admission stories in Nigeria, I did not gain admission immediately despite my high utme score at a point I even enrolled for predegree in a federal university and eventual got a course I did not apply for and I had to forfeit the admission. So it wasn’t a smooth ride.
Q: What was your academic level during secondary school days and how has your academic background been?
A: Okay, I don’t want to sound defensive but really my secondary school was a competitive one. I was above average and I go home with some prizes. Well my academic background is an interesting one because I schooled in different states. My primary school was in Lagos state, secondary school in Jos, plateau state and then 2013 I started my undergraduate studies and ended 2017 in Kwara state.
Q: If you had the opportunity to ask your alma mater management for something, what would it be?
A: I would ask them to leave public holidays as public holidays.
Q: Was there ever a breaking point/time of letting go?
A: Sure, more than once but giving up was never an option. Sure there were times I almost gave up especially during my final year project that I had to change my topic and even supervisor thrice, but then I remembered a popular saying in my school “it’s not about starting strong, it’s about finishing strong” and that was a source of strength for me.


Q: Were you in a relationship and did you build any side business back in school along with studies? How did you balance that?
A: Yes, I was in a relationship at one point. I couldn’t balance both maybe because I was just in 100 level then. I also did some kind of businesses in school. I was even popular because of the business and it wasn’t hard balancing my academics and the business. I just had to manage my time properly. Presently I do a mini importation business.

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Q: How were you able to combine extracurricular activities with studies? What’s your advice to students that may be experiencing the kind of challenge you faced?
A: It was not so easy when I was in 100level because I got myself involved in almost everything that seem good to me and I almost broke down.
You can actually involve yourself in extracurricular activities but don’t loose focus on the main reason you are in school and manage your time well.


Q: Just before we end this, do you have a parting line or philosophy towards success?
A: My philosophy of success is self discipline. Like Brian Tracy puts, “the first and the best victory is to conquer self”.
Often time, we are our own barriers to success because we lack that habit of disciplining ourselves to withstand challenges, distractions and temptations.
Q: Thanks so much for your time, wishing you the very best in your aspirations. We would be glad to have you for another awesome session someday.
A: I am honoured to be here.


You can connect with our guest on the social media handles below:
Facebook: Ayodele Motunrayo
Instagram: @motwinnie
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