Meet Adewale Monsur Adesina a graduate of University of Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria, who studied Civil Engineering and graduated with a CGPA of 5.70, Class of 2015 on episode 6 of #SuccessStoriesSeries. He started 17 and graduated 22 years.
Enjoy the interview with him;
Q: It is a pleasure having you on today’s episode of #SuccessStoriesSeries. Can we meet you?
A: The pleasure is mine. I am Adewale Monsur Adesina, the first child of a family of 5. I’m 25 years old.
Q: To start with, what would you say was your academic level during your secondary school days and how has your academic background been? Also how did you get admitted into the university and what did you course study?
A: I was one of the best students, I go home with at least 3 prizes at the end of the session throughout my secondary school days. I started my secondary school education in 2004 at Aatan Baptist Comprehensive high school, Oyo. Exactly 6 years after, I got provisional admission into the prestigious University of Ibadan.
I was one of those that got admitted to a university without writing Jamb twice or going through any preliminary course. It was Grace-driven.
Q: Was studying Civil engineering your most preferred course right from the start?
A: I applied for Mechanical engineering as my most preferred course and Civil engineering as the more preferred. I had this dream of becoming an automobile designer, so studying Civil engineering was so interesting anyways.
Q: How were your undergraduate days like? What was the moment you could remember to be the best in school and why? What can you say were your strength, weakness and the top challenges you faced academically having to attend a Federal university and how you faced it?
A: I was the serious type, from hostel to classroom, mosque and back to hostel, till 400 level when I realized 1st class was not achievable and I need more than academics after school. The best moment in school was the day I received a mail for internship offer in an oil service Company. I was the only Civil Engineering student out of 12 engineering students that was selected. I found my strength in solving mathematical problems while my weakness was standing in front and presenting to a large crowd.
I had prepared for my going into the university and got some firsthand information from brothers who were attending one university or the other back then. Academically, the only challenge I had was having to stay in a class of 1500 students, but with time I made a blend.
Q: What is your personality type, your participation vibe during lectures and study pattern? In addition to that, can you tell us your class of degree and CGPA and was there a sense of fulfillment with this class of degree?
A: Humans are social animals from a school of thought, that social part in me was considerably low. I was that cool guy who understands easily. If there was anything I failed to understand during lectures, I preferred reading about it on my own. I love reading in the comfort of my room, silence distracts me than noise, I don’t know why. I graduated with a Second Class (Upper division) and CGPA of 5.70/7.0. What can I say, Of course there was a sense of fulfillment, though I aimed to make it to the first class.
Q: Back to being a fresher in a university setting, precisely a new environment, was there a feeling of comfort when the pursuit began? Can you share with us what motivated you to finish with 5.70 CGPA? What were the factors responsible for your feat to finishing with this class of degree?
A: I had some handful of friends from hometown that got admitted the same year. We created comfort for ourselves and adapted to the new environment which we all looked forward to being. It was basically a self motivation, ‘I did not really negotiate to being the best’. I tried all my possible best to make it from the 1st year but…
Okay, about factors responsible for my stand, as for me going to school was to study. I took studying as a priority and I study to understand, as well I don’t stay awake overnight.
Q: Was achieving/keeping these GPs easy? Was there a moment of giving up? If any, what kept you going? What were your parents’ reactions each semester as you built up the CGPAs?
A: It wasn’t easy, truth be told. After my 400l first semester result was released during my IT placement, I gave up and did not care about pursuing first class but being the best of myself still. I don’t show my results to parents simply because the level of confidence they have in me is not ordinary (always triumph, you can’t fail).
Q: Was there a mentor and how did the role of a mentor help?
A: I actually had one, He is Dr W. O Ajagbe, one of our lecturers. He was initially recommended to me by an older friend back in oyo. The first day we met, he helped me with one of the three recommendation/attestation letters for my admission into the university. The second time, he spoke to me heart-to-heart asking where I was from (about my primary and secondary education) and where I want to be. I can remember telling him I will use my academic excellence to get a postgraduate scholarship to study abroad. Though I’m still in Nigeria.
Q: Were you in a relationship and did you have any entrepreneurial skill along with studies?
A: No. No. I chose to be single and had no entrepreneurial background in school.
Q: What is your opinion on pursuing academic excellence? Also, in a sentence, what is your encouraging note to someone out there reading this trying to get academics right but with a mixed feeling?
A: In my opinion, academic excellence should be a priority if a student is not building a side business. On this note, to that guy out there, do not relent you can still make it.
Q: Thanks so much for your time, it has been awesome having you today, wish you the very best in your pursuits and aspirations.
A: You’re welcome. Thank you.
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Facebook: Monsur Adesina
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