LASU best graduating student Karen Enumah says she depended on candle light to read till she graduated.
According to Enumah, graduating with a first class degree wasn’t an easy task. “Accomplishments are easy to describe when achieved, but the process taken, the determination needed and the persistence required cannot be described; it can only be experienced. I wouldn’t say it was an easy process, because it wasn’t, but it was not impossible either. I didn’t know I would be the overall best student in my set, even though I made sure to be the best I could possibly be no matter what the outcome would be. However, I worked hard, hence I wasn’t so surprised; although, there was still an element of surprise.”
She also explained how that she started with having good grades from her first year. “From the first semester of my first year, and I never turned back, even though it didn’t happen without some potential distractions. I remember being in a hall in my first year and students were having a conversation about how impossible it was to graduate with a first-class degree. I was never part of the discussion but it was discouraging, especially since I hadn’t even taken my first exam. However, I believe that when you are determined, such comments won’t distract you. The first year is always a tricky one. At that point, one has no idea of what lies ahead and everyone is still filled with the euphoria of gaining admission into the institution. It is a time of great uncertainty for some, while for some, those uncertainties push them to give their best, which was the case for me. When it comes to my method of studying, I was quite uncertain about what approach to use, but over time it became clearer what worked and what would not work. The issue of friendship also came into play. In that first year, we were all thrilled with the possibilities of unending friendships, and that was a form of distraction on its own. So, reasonably, there are issues to contend with in the first year, but students should know that good foundation is key.”
She also encourages other student not to give up even though she almost gave up but stood still. “Many times, I felt like giving up on the goal but what kept me going at that time were love for learning, hunger for success and love for my family. There were times in the library that I would stare endlessly at a particular page on a textbook trying to understand a concept. Or at midnight, while everyone was asleep, I would be awake trying to find a solution to a particular problem, using candlelight to read since I had no electricity in my place.”