She also mentioned that she had to sacrifice her convenience to achieve the feat.
Aminat Yusuf, the best graduating student of the 2021/2022 set in Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, has disclosed that hard work and God’s guidance were major factors to her success.
Yusuf also thank her parents for motivating and inspiring her to achieve the extraordinary feat she has just achieve.
During an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, Yusuf shared some of her experiences during her undergraduate days.
Despite these hardships, she managed to finish as the institution’s best graduating student with a perfect Cummulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 5.00 – a feat that has never been previously achieved in the institution.
She shared her experience and highlighted the factors that helped her achieve the feat.
“The events of the past few days have motivated me to share in brief my story, in a bid to inspire many others who are in similar situation as I was and are striving towards excellence,” she stated.
“I called for financial support only under compelling circumstances, after I have exhausted all options.
“As a result, I experienced some serious financial constraints during my two plus four years stay at LASU.
“In 200 Level, second semester, just because I needed to get a browsing phone and get trained in computer skills, I saved up about 90 per cent of my feeding allowance.”
Yusuf said that she settled for garri and groundnuts for a larger part of the semester, which her friends considered absurd.
“For most part of my days an undergraduate, I lived in the university premises, because I had no hostel, and going home everyday would have been absolutely inconvenient.
“The school had a stand-by security and standard lighting system, so, it was safe for me; my major challenge was having to attend lectures everyday in a neatly ironed white and black dress, acting like everything was perfect,” she said.
She also spoke about her first day in school, her diploma program and her eventual admission into the institution to study law.
“I remember fantasising about achieving a remarkable feat in this prestigious university.
“I first did Diploma in Law programme, which runs for two years, in which students are taught compulsory law courses, with a view to offering direct entry admission to top class students.
“I studied really hard and prayed so fervently towards achieving excellence; I graduated from the programme with a CGPA of 4.98 and this was the best in my set.
“The possibility of graduating with such grade motivated the yearning to graduate with a perfect CGPA at the undergraduate level,” Yusuf said.
In conclusion, she called on well-meaning Nigerians to invest in the education sector, as she believes there are other bright minds like her in Nigeria.
“I believe this will no doubt be of immeasurable value to our education system.
“While I struggled financially through my education, I don’t desire such hardship for students coming behind us, especially the female students,” Yusuf said.
In conclusion, she lauded the LASU management for ensuring a conducive environment of learning for students which also contributed to her excellent performance.
“I am deeply grateful to my parents for their sacrifice, unwavering support towards my education.
“My parents really motivated me from their different careers; my father is a journalist while my mother is a business woman.
“Thanks to my faculty lecturers for their reflex of excellence, commitment and dedication teaching us to be the best.
“I will like to use this opportunity to launch a YouTube channel tagged “Learning Law with Aminat* with a goal of giving back to society through my immediate community,” Yusuf concluded.