Meet Metiboba Precious a First Class graduate of Salem University, Lokoja, Kogi state, Nigeria, who studied Computer science and graduated with a CGPA of 4.54, Class of 2018 on episode 5 of #SuccessStoriesSeries. She started 17 and graduated 21 years.

Enjoy the interview with her…

Q:  Can we meet you?

A: My name is Metiboba Precious, I’m the last born of four children, from kogi state and I’m 22 years old.

Q: Can you take us through your academic background, how you got admitted into Salem University?

A: I attended the Federal Government Girls’ College, Kabba, Kogi state, and graduated in the year 2013 before I proceeding to the university. I got admission through JAMB in 2013 but wasn’t aware so I stayed at home for a year and finally resumed to school in 2014. My choices were microbiology and industrial chemistry but I was offered Computer science so I decided to play along. There were challenges studying Computer science though. I was not really this tech kind of girl so getting to the university, doing technology stuff were new to me especially all those programming classes but with time and studying I fell in love with the course.

Q: What were your undergraduate days like?

A: My undergraduate days were fun in my own ways. Although I rarely had fun, from hostel to class, class to the library, library back to the hostel, that was the routine anyways. I could think of the best moment in school to be in 100L when my first semester results came out, seeing a 4.46 GP excited me and gave me a foundation to build on. I found some moments frustrating, out of which were times I had to deal with courses that had a lot of coding and was trying so hard to meet up, moments of asking colleagues questions and they would be like ‘really… see this first class girl oh’. This was really frustrating because it was so hard making them understand I didn’t know everything. Well, my strength was and is still God, and family who were there to always give words of encouragement, the weakness I had was socializing.

Q: What were your type personality, participation during lectures, study pattern and class of degree with your Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)? Can we also know your greatest fear and how you overcame it?

A: I wasn’t the social type though, just a bit of interaction during lectures, more of the listening type. I studied well in the library and lecture rooms and graduated with a First class honors with 4.54/5.00 CGPA. I had this fear each semester of me dropping to a second class upper (2.1), I faced my fear by constantly believing in myself.

Q: Can you share with us your motivation to finishing with this grade and what were your grade points (GPs) like from 100l 1st semester till the last semester in the finals? Was keeping the GPs easy?

A: Before I got admitted, I came across a book titled ‘Towards academic success and self-discovery’ by Olalekan Akinade. The book really gave me the drive to study hard and made me know whatever we put our minds to we can definitely do and achieve. My GPs were 4.46, 4.82, 4.64, 4.63, 4.43, 5.0, 4.52 and 4.54 respectively. Keeping these GPs weren’t easy, it took a lot of sacrifices and dedication, of course there was a moment of giving up and that was in my final year (1st semester) when I lost my sister, I felt my world came crumbling but I received words of encouragement from family and friends and I picked up myself.

Q: What were your parents’ reactions each semester as you build up the CGPAs?

A: They were always surprised, because I was just an average student back then in secondary school, so whenever I told them about my grades each semester they kept encouraging me.

Q: Did you have a mentor or role model?

A: I had a mentor. His name is Okpanachi joktan, he was in the final year when I was a fresher in the same Computer science department. He was always there to see me through and help with any difficulty, also Adigun Maria. Joktan helped with my foundation, whenever there were assignments, I would be happy cos I knew he’ll come up with something, although I would end up doing them myself. He made me build up the confidence. Also, the books I never knew existed in the library I got to know them through him. I cried severally when he was graduating, but he encouraged and helped in his own ways, even till my finals.

Q: Were you in a relationship and did you have any entrepreneurial skill/brand along with studies? What was balancing it like?

A: I wasn’t in a relationship but I had a close male friend in my department.  I knew I couldn’t make a balance between academics and relationship. In school, we had to pick up an entrepreneurship skills so I opted for guidance and counseling. Also while in school I learnt making Ankara bags and shoes. Balancing it wasn’t a big deal for me.

Q: What is your opinion on pursuing academic excellence? Can we know what your clique circle was? Also, what was your involvement in extracurricular activities?

A: Pursuing academic excellence is worth it especially when it is gotten through integrity and honesty. I had a very funny clique, they were the social type so I had to balance it well. I knew when to be serious and at the same type I tried carrying them along with me academically. On my engagement in activities on campus, I always avoided extracurricular activities.

Q: Are you into building apps, website designing or any other tech-based areas of computer science? What really brought about the interest?

A: I am more into hardware. I love dismantling laptops and phones. The interest developed during industrial training period, my supervisor gave me all the support I needed. I could remember a time a customer needed to repair his laptop, my boss instructed me to open up the laptop, the man in disagreement said ‘why would a lady open my laptop’?. I felt bad, my boss told him if he wouldn’t let me then he can go somewhere else.

Q: As we end the session, what is your philosophy towards success?

A: There are no secrets to success. It’s the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failures.

Q: Thanks so much for your time, we would be glad to have you for another awesome session someday. More successes in all you do.

A: Amen. Thank you so much for having me here.

You can connect with our guest on the following social media handles:

Facebook: Metiboba precious

Instagram: pressyjay

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