Meet Isaac Adeoluwa Atayero a First Class graduate of Bowen University, Iwo, Osun state, Nigeria, who studied Mass communication and graduated with a CGPA of 4.66, Class of 2017 on episode 8 of #SuccessStoriesSeries. He started 18 and graduated 21 years.
Enjoy the interview with him…
Q: Hello, can we meet you?
A: My name is Isaac Adeoluwa Atayero. I am the first of five boys and my family hails from Osun state, Nigeria.
Q: Can you take us through your academic background?
A: I graduated with a first class degree from Bowen University, Iwo, Osun state after receiving my high school diplomat from Saint Peter’s, New Jersey. I got admitted into Bowen University through direct entry to study mass communication so I did not have to wait a year before getting admitted.
Q: Any challenge studying Mass communication and what were your undergraduate days like?
A: Mass communication was my course of choice so I had relatively no challenges studying except having to memorize dates possibly. A lot of my friends from school know me as ‘Baba Crown’. My stay in university was adventurous, instructional and draining.
Q: What were your favorite and frustrating moments? Also, where did your strength and weakness lie during undergraduate days?
A: One of my favorite moments in school was when I won the election and became president of my department. The students carried me and it is one of the moments I will forever cherish. For the most frustrating moment, I remember hitting the wall so many times when working on my final year project and sometimes feeling so overwhelmed by the task. I was able to plan ahead and create effective working and studying schedules for myself. This was a major strength especially during my final year. My inability to always prioritize my tasks on a day to day basis, however, was a weakness.
Q: What’s your type personality, your CGPA and the sense of fulfillment that came with it? Can we know your greatest fear as an undergraduate and how you overcame it?
A: I was very nerdy and bookwormish in school but as the years passed by, I blossomed into a social butterfly. I made 4.66/5.0 CGPA. Yes, definitely because I was swamped with activities and responsibilities in my final year. Although I knew it could have been higher, I am still very grateful for it. My greatest fear was that I would not find my purpose and I faced it by learning to trust myself and understanding that the best gift to give myself was time.
Q: How was your participation and study pattern? Also, what was your motivation to finishing with a first class CGPA? What were your grade points (GPs) like possibly consecutively? Was keeping these GPs easy?
A: I was very interactive during lectures because that was usually the only way I could remember major points that the lecturer was giving. I went to the library a lot during my first year but as the years went on, I started to create makeshift avenues to read wherever I could. I created a reading schedule which I used religiously. My motivation was being intentional about it but it would not have happened if God hadn’t ordained it to be so.
I was a direct entry student so my grades began from 200level which were 4.83, 4.60, 4.63, 4.65, 4.68 and 4.66. Keeping these were definitely not easy and when I felt like giving up, I always had a friend who would encourage me and calm me down by showing me how far I had gone.
Q: What were the responsibilities that came up from students when you were discovered to be a first class student? Were you in a relationship also did you have any entrepreneurial skill? How did you balance these with academics?
A: I received and obliged a number of requests for group and personal tutorials. I was able to supervise and mentor some of the students who asked me for guidance.
Yes, I was in a relationship. We created very clear boundaries and put aside times to be together and times to be apart so we could focus on our primary assignment. I ran and still run a site called TheArtOfAde.com. It was very interesting to get together a group of like minds to create something that was truly different and special. Balancing it proved to be challenging many a time, however, I got by with a little help from my friends. TheArtOfAde.com is a website which shares a plethora of creative and original content from creatives from all over. We have social media handles as well as merchandise which showcase the brand.
Q: Can you tell us what your clique circle was or did you do things in solitude? Let’s know your opinion on pursuing academic excellence? Striking a balance between academics and involvement in extracurricular activities (if any), which role was it and how did it go?
A: I didn’t have a clique during my first years in school because I wanted to lay a strong foundation without distractions. However, I was later able to find a group of friends whose goals aligned with mine and we read together.
In pursuit of academic excellence, set goals for yourself and always do your best to get things done as soon as you are assigned. Procrastination and lack of agenda can make achieving academic excellence that much harder.
I took on a lot extracurricular activities such as Choir, Publicity Unit, President of the Department, Leader of the Crown Team amongst other things. Honestly, I had to play it by ear when it came to creating a balance. Every new day presented itself with new challenges and priorities, and for each new day and priority, I trusted myself to make the right decisions.
Q: In one sentence, what is your encouraging note to someone (a student) out there reading this, trying to get academics right but with a mixed priority?
A: Everything will be alright. No matter what your grades look like now or what passion clash you might be having, trust that you are exactly where you need to be and everything will make sense in time.
Q: Just before we call it a wrap for this session, do you have a parting line?
“I’m more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand.”Isaac Adeoluwa Atayero
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