INTERVIEW: I'M ON A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERING MYSELF - BEST GRAD ENGLISH DEPARTMENT (UNILAG)





The popular blogger, Daniel Update had an interview with the best graduating student from the department of English Language in the prestigious University, University of Lagos popularly known as The Nation's Pride.

There are more to know about him, please relax and read more of him below.

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Daniel Update:
Can we know you sir?

BGS: My name is Samuel Oluwaseun Bolaji

Daniel Update:
Can you tell us your educational background sir

BGS:
Alright, Sir.
I'm a graduate of English from the prestigious University of Lagos.

Daniel Update:
Can you tell us what geared you to become the best student in English department

BGS:
First, I graduated as the best student of my Department as a result of God's grace. You will understand this when I tell you a little about myself.

I used to be in the Sciences, so I had no background whatsoever in Literature. This was enough to put me in a disadvantaged position, because, as you're likely to know, our curriculum in the Department consists of both Language and Literature courses.

More so, I got admitted into the Department as a family man: a husband and a father. If we were to consider all the demands and responsibilities that come with such status, you'd see that I stood no chance at all.

That's why I owe my success, first and foremost, to the grace of God.

Daniel Update:
You said you a family man, and you can out first. Can you share your secret to the younger ones Sir

BGS:
My first secret is God's grace.

Then, diligence. I believe that diligence is an important factor that makes success possible. I tried all I could to be up and doing. Apart from being a family man, I also lived very far from school. I came to school every day for four years from my home at Selewu, somewhere after Igbogbo in Ikorodu, and I can tell you that I was never late to lectures. In four years, I can't remember entering any class before lectures commenced more than thrice. I was an early riser. It didn't matter whether the lecture was scheduled for 8.00am or later than that, I was always early to class.

I also tried to pay due diligence to anything I got involved in. And it paid off.

Another factor is the fact that I discovered what worked for me. This is also very important.

My strength lies in attending my lectures regularly and punctually. The moment I discovered that, I not only attended my lectures regularly, I also made sure that I "owned a permanent seat" at the front row.

In addition, character/attitude is another important factor that enhances success. For me, success is more than academic excellence, it is excellence in every aspect of life. My attitude helped me cultivate the right kinds of relationships with both students and lecturers. I believe that this contributed to my success.

Daniel Update:
Sir, relationship in what sense,

BGS:
Selflessness is another factor that God helped me to harness well. I was never selfish with anything I know. I always shared my knowledge with everyone and anyone, whether or not they were my friends. I taught tutorials from year 1 to my final year, and I had a lot of mentees. One thing I discovered during that time was that the more knowledge I shared with people, the more knowledge I gained.

BGS:
You'd discover that I haven't mentioned reading. I read. I worked hard, but never at the expense of my health.

Daniel Update:
How long do you read sir?

I discovered the mode and schedule of studying that worked for me, and I held on to that. So I had no rigid schedule.

Daniel Update:
Who is your mentor, like those you are looking up unto?

BGS:
In my Department, I look up to my project supervisor, Dr. Carol Anyagwa.

BGS:
In the academia generally, I'm yet to settle with any role model. I'm still on a journey of discovering myself.

Daniel Update:
As much as educational excellence is concerned, Unilag is one of the best institution in Africa, and also has reputation in the global map of outstanding institutions,please sir how do you feel,being associated with this esteemed institution?

BGS:
Being an alumnus of the University of Lagos, the University of First Choice and the Nation's Pride, is a thing of pride to me. I'm grateful to God for the privilege.

Daniel Update:
Please sir, in a nutshell, kindly tell us your family background?

BGS:
My father is deceased. I'm the _okanlawon_ (an only son) of my mother (I have sisters). I'm a husband of one wife (smiles) and God has blessed my home with two beautiful children, a boy, 7 and a girl, 3.

Daniel Update:
Balancing school and family, what are challenges based on your experience sir?

BGS:
A lot, my brother.
Finance is one. There were days that I had to stay at home just to let my children use the little cash I had at those times to go to their own school. Those days were tough, but I pulled through by God's grace.

Another challenge was with reading. I couldn't study at home most of the time. After spending long hours in traffic, my children would be waiting at home to play with daddy. I wouldn't be able to do anything else until they've slept. Then, once they've gone to bed, it would be time to be with my wife. If the following day was a working day, I must be up latest by 3.00am again to start preparing for school. It was, indeed, challenging.

Daniel Update:
Sir, how do you manage or cope with your female friends in school?

BGS:
I had and still have great friends, male and female alike. I had no problem coping with them. My female friends knew my status and they respected that. I had very close friends among them, and we're all cool.

Daniel Update:
What is your advise to the student out there aspiring to be like you sir?

BGS:
I actually don't want any student to be like me, but I desire that every student become better than I am.

My motto is: Nothing is impossible.
Things might seem rough in the beginning, but with the right factors in place (some of which I've mentioned earlier), one can always surmount all hurdles and emerge as the best.

Daniel Update:
We are very happy to be associated with you sir from Daniel update

We bring the interview to an end, thank you for your time. We promise to do more.

Source: Daniel Update

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