Basirat Rufai, the overall best first degree graduate student in 2021 Convocation Ceremony of the University of Ibadan (UI), has urged her colleagues to prepare for unavoidable disappointments, that would come their way in the future.
The 22 year old, who graduated with 6.9 of 7 CGPA, stated this today while delivering a speech to wind down the undergraduate convocation ceremony.
According to her, “Today, I tell you that you fear it or not, disappointment will come. The beauty is that through disappointment, you can gain clarity and with clarity comes conviction and true originality. Work hard, be kind and amazing things will happen”.
Meanwhile, Basirat, a graduate of Pharmacy, is of 2019/2020 set and she came top in all her courses.
In her speech, she emphasised that the journey ahead is not likely going to be easy but all the new graduates should strive to make their dreams come true.
The new graduate stated that her feat did not come easy, rather it came with hardwork.
She noted that she was determined to be the overall best student right from her first year in school, pointing out that she consciously worked hard to achieve her feat in school.
According to her, “I will like to share a little story of mine with you. Entering into the university for me, can be said to be on cloud 9. From the onset, my mantra has always been to be a part of the best, if not the best. I always had the notion of if I fail, I will have no excuse to defend my failure because I would have put in my best.
“100L did not go as expected, I had a low score in one of my courses, thereby affecting my CGPA. Most people are always amazed at my definition of low CGPA but trust me, it was low and the same thing happened in 200L.
“One of my courses always had it way of affecting my CGPA but I never gave up. I worked harder and kept my head high and to God be the glory, from my 300 to 500L, I had 7 points in all my courses “.
Pointing out that every ending is a new beginning, she charged her colleagues to be serious about their future which is more important than where they were coming from.
“Graduation marks the yet another extraordinary phase of our lives. This degree is only a stepping stone to greater success ahead. Without a doubt, UI has prepared us for the life after school and this is the time to turn the blocking stone into a stepping stone”, she concluded.