Lawal Samuel Adefisoye is a first-class graduate of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) who wrote JAMB four times before gaining admission.
In a brief interview with ALLSCHOOL, Lawal Samuel Adefisoye, shared his story.
Can we meet you?
I am Lawal Samuel Adefisoye. About eleven years ago, I remembered how I was struggling with UTME for good 4years yes I wrote UTME for good four years.
Here I am today fully inducted as a licensed Pharmacist With first-class honours (CGPA 4.63/5.00), best graduating student, and best project student from the Department of Pharmaceutical microbiology and biotechnology, Olabisi Onabanjo University.
Wow, that’s great! So all through the four year’s were you applying for Pharmacy?
No, I applied for microbiology. I have always been passionate about microbes and disease-causing organisms but at some point, I realized Pharmacy will give me a better edge to understand the pathogenesis of disease and the therapeutic agents that will be used in their management also, a better advantage in seeking job opportunities.
What was your JAMB score like?
I scored 233 in my first jamb and I couldn’t secure admission into the university. I was offered an educational course at Adeyemi College of education at some point of trying various ways of attaining higher education
Why did you choose Pharmacy?
I grew up as the youngest child in a family of seven and lived through an environment plague with little to zero hygienic practice. I regularly witnessed children of my age get infected with contagious microbes.
Although this made me anxious, it also fuelled my desire to seek medical solutions to these numerous infectious diseases whilst consistently questioning the role I can play in other to contribute to advancing health care. This is why I studied Pharmacy at the Olabisi Onabanjo University.
Were there challenges towards attaining the first class?
I encountered some hiccups at the inception of my study. During my first year, in my first semester, I had a GPA of 3.76/5.00 and I was devastated about my goal of making a first-class. I had to fasten my belt, increased my reading hours, and prayed. The second semester I made a GPA of 4.92/5.00 and throughout my study, I made a first-class GPA.
What is your next plan in life?
Research, I want to contribute immensely to the field of Immunology and vaccine discovery. I aspire to advance my study and pick a graduate program in the field of immunology and help our dear nation in the search of potential vaccines for emerging and re-emerging viral infections and also explore the microbiome and its influence on the immune system.
What is your advice to aspirants of such great honor?
Tenacity is the bedrock of success. You have to be passionate and be determined not to give up regardless of the results coming your way. I didn’t give up and I was deeply determined and I said to myself one day “Pharmacy or nothing”.
I knew what I was looking for, I fought and prayed so hard for it. After I got it, I did not joke with it or took it with levity. I kept working hard and it paid off. During my undergraduate studies, I got a federal government scholarship award, to the tune of #150,000 every year. In all, be passionate, be tenacious and be consistent.
It is also worth mentioning that Samuel Adefisoye wasn’t just about academic excellence as he was also the president of the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigeria Students (PANS), Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) Chapter
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