Degree without mercy makes merit inelegant.
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Let me introduce my guest to you today, all the way from Osun State University. Please meet, Remilekun Eunice Atobatele. Let me save the rest of the story.
In her words
Degree without mercy makes merit inelegant. Hence the two are essential. However, aside from grace and class, one should learn to be effective. A major milestone cannot be reached without emulating values that make one’s own footprints unforgettable.
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Remilekun Eunice Atobatele: My name is Remilekun Eunice Atobatele, currently in my M.Sc final at the Pan-African University, Institute of Life and Geosciences.
Born into the family of Mr. and Mrs. Atobatele, who came from Ijebu-jesa in the Oriade local government of Osun State 25 years ago. The second born of 3 children.
I graduated from Osun State University, Department of Geography and Resource Management, with Honors in 2016. My hobbies are cooking, studying, monologue, praying and watching movies.
However, I am very curious. So I love to watch carefully so I can digest and derive some new things while I’m alone. This explains my distinct behavior.
AI: Were there motivating factors that influenced your choice of discipline and institution?
RA: Yes, a lot. As I said before, I’m very curious and that made me spend most of the time alone and thinking. I always imagined what would happen beyond the atmosphere and below the surface of the earth.
My geography teacher in SSS 1 made his classes enjoyable and everything he always said seemed like my thoughts. This motivated me to take the class even though it wasn’t a core course and I wasn’t a smart student at the time.
Still, during this session, I had no less than one distinction on the subject.
However, when I switched school to SSS 2, everyone complained about my course combination. I wonder how an art student would prefer not to do English literature and choose geography.
So I decided to create a department for myself (social sciences), drop CRS for Commerce and continue my geography. So the difference between a science student and me was only chemistry and physics while I was in government and commerce.
I began to love the subject more and more, mainly because I could select the textbooks, read them and relate them to my immediate surroundings. Before I knew it, I was already a leader in geography class every semester (83, 81, etc.). When I wrote my WAEC I only had 2 distinctions (geography and trade), others were credit score.
Unfortunately, the city of Ibadan, where I lived, experienced a great flood that year as a result of heavy rains that resulted in the loss of life and property. I was so downcast because of these massive losses.
So I followed my instincts, I wanted to be a problem solver, I wanted to be an environmental advocate, I wanted to make sure that the interaction between humans and nature wasn’t changed so that we wouldn’t experience Mother Earth’s anger.
My choice of institution:
First, I have done extensive research at universities in Nigeria that offer geography. But I didn’t want geography alone. Hence, Uniosun caught my attention due to the resource management it included. Since I am a great citadel of learning with an excellent educational performance, I chose this.
AI: There are two main skills that every student must possess: COMPETENCE and PERFORMANCE. While competency revolves around acquiring skills, performance is much more important in applying skills. Most graduates are believed to be proficient because their academic performance testifies to it, but they are disabled. This poor performance ipso facto prevents them from getting lucrative jobs on the labor market. What can you say about this claim?
RA: I just disagree with that claim. Although it is understandable that only a few graduates are competent and nonetheless disabled. But I believe that there are many factors other than performance that are hindering the search for lucrative jobs.
AI: In your opinion, what is responsible for competence without performance? Please suggest ways to improve student and graduate achievement levels.
RA: I think in Nigeria our education system is more theoretical than practical. Often we have been taught how to pass an exam rather than how to secure a job. That is why graduates in Western countries do better than we do.
The majority of the exams include theoretical knowledge that the application of the knowledge gained leaves behind. I think our education system should be improved in the following ways:
- More energy should be devoted to applying the knowledge acquired.
- The internship should be funded
- Companies should adopt the internship ideology and create more internship positions.
- Each student must be instructed to acquire practical knowledge from a specialist company.
- Students should be properly supervised
For the lecturers:
- A researcher should be clearly separated from a teacher.
- PhD students should be encouraged to create research-based organizations and not hand them all down to academics. Not all PhD students should be lecturers
- Older faculty should be allowed to rest and younger generations should be given opportunities to explore.
- Educational programs and benefits (such as grants, benefits) should be made available at all times
- Lecturers should be hired in other specializations because of their expertise, not their diversification. Such as scholarships, grants, etc.
AI: Achievement in life goes beyond personal efforts. There have been people who have provided help during your program that made your dreams come true. Who are certain people whose contribution you cannot forget in your first class performance?
RA: Yes, a lot of people have really contributed to my success story. First, my mother (Mrs. FO Atobatele), despite my mistakes, she believed in me again and again. My siblings (Mrs. Dolapo Shitta and Boluwatife Atobatele) encouraged me. I draw strength from her comforting words.
Also, I am so lucky to have a husband (my fiancé: Mr. Adekola Fakunle) who gave me confidence in spite of my terrible nature.
My academic mentors:
Dr. KJ Samuel (my supervisor in the undergraduate studies), he closely monitored me academically, he was ready for any academic support. I have made good use of his textbooks and his advice has been invaluable.
Mr. OS Durowoju (lecturer in my department at UNIOSUN), I like to call him my father because he was my all-round consultant. He was always ready to help me. I see him as a father figure on my journey to success.
Dr. Olushola: He was also very helpful and gave me a lot of advice that has helped and is still helping me on my trip.
And a lot of other friends; Ifeoluwa Ayegoro, Theophilus Onewo, Rebecca Seweje, Joshua (I met him on social media), my childhood best friend (Damilola Titiloye); His courage made me believe in me, Mrs. OL Olanrewaju (her sisterly role during my days at UNIOSUN) cannot be forgotten, Seun Adeshina (her sisterly advice made me concentrate more on my studies), Emmanuel Idowu (he was more or less) like my spiritual father back then) and others I can’t really remember.
AI: Are you currently employed as a first-class graduate?
RA: No, but I received a scholarship from the African Union where I am currently doing my M.Sc.
AI: Do you think that your grades have or have a major advantage over other graduates with lower grades?
RA: It’s pretty easy to say yes, but I believe grace and note spoke for me.
Degree without mercy makes merit inelegant. Hence the two are essential. However, beyond grace and class, one should learn to be effective. A major milestone cannot be reached without emulating values that make one’s own footprints unforgettable.
AI: What would you recommend to students who are aiming for a degree with an excellent grade like yours?
RA: You should be more diligent, focused, and determined. They should never undermine their dreams. It’s never too late to give up.
Championship is a hilly valley ship. Keep sailing until you reach your goals.
AI: What would you advise the government to do to improve the standard of our education system?
RA: I read once, if you want to destroy a country, let its education system be decadent. My advice is:
- Promotion and promotion of educational programs.
- Revise the infrastructures in our institutions.
- Adapt our curriculum to the digital age we are in.
- Hire instructors for smart assignments that could test their skills.
- Excellent faculty and students should receive great rewards.
- Promotion of research partnerships between companies and institutions.
AI: Would you like to share something else?
RA: Hmmmm, my mother once said to me that you can never get a gift unless you have been embarrassed so that you have a story to tell. That statement kept me going.
In conclusion, I would like to say that a comparison is not permissible, but healthy competition is possible. What someone thinks about you doesn’t matter what you think about yourself, it does.
Never give up because of defeat, because the consequences are success. Diamonds are obtained after several severe sweats.
Put more effort into what you do. A great reward awaits you. Thank you!
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