The Reservations About My Success

The Reservations About My Success—Sociology First Class Graduate

The Reservations About My Success

OpenLife Nigeria reports that with a 4.81 CGPA, Aisha Ketso who became the first female First Class graduate; the second First Class graduate, and also the best-graduating student of the Department of Sociology, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) University, Lapai, Niger State, for the 2020/2021 academic session, has expressed reservations about her academic success story. In an interview earlier published in Tribune Newspaper, Aisha Ketso said she is more at home with Law than Sociology despite her excellent grade. To underscore her passion for law, Aisha Ketso pointed at law and crimes as the most interesting aspects of her Sociology studies. “The parts I find more interesting are the aspects of law and crimes, theories and their models,’’ she said. Her thoughts are reproduced below

How does being the first female First Class graduate of your department make you feel?

I am happy. It meant a lot to me and my family. I was able to utilise the knowledge impacted in me. This achievement meant that well-defined commitment, focus and persistence are tripods for self-actualisation.

How was growing up for you? Were you always topping your class from childhood?

Growing up was not flawless. However, I’ve always been my best and kept getting better.

Would you say you are in your dream profession?

No. Right from childhood, I had always wanted to study Law and still have a passion for it.
However, I came in contact with Sociology and got so deep into it. So, I decided to give it a try. I got acquainted with Sociology during my IJMB programme in New Bussa, Niger State.

IJMB program is moderated by Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. IJMB is designed to solve problems of admission for candidates seeking admission into the 200 level into the university. 

I believe there is nothing one sets one’s mind on that is not achievable. As long as God is involved and you are determined, you will triumph. Alhamdulilah, as God will have it, here I am today.

When you realised you were topping your class, what did you do differently to maintain that position?

I did nothing differently. I knew I wouldn’t go below what I started with. I just kept doing my best and trusted my efforts.

When you were a child, were there times your parents coerced you into reading?

It has never happened. Reading has always been part of me right from my childhood. Growing up, reading and writing were my favourite hobbies. My parents knew this. So, I never need to be coerced into reading.

Could you capture your reaction the day you checked your result and realised you would eventually graduate with a First Class?

Honestly, I felt normal when I saw the result. However, the euphoria set in when congratulatory messages started coming in. My happiest moment was when my parents call and texted to congratulate me on the feat. During this period, I realised that sometimes we do not know how great a feat is until people start celebrating it for us.

What part of the course did you find most interesting?

Sociology is broad and cuts across different professional fields. However, the parts I find more interesting are the aspect of law and crime, theories and their models.

Did you get involved in other school activities?

Yes, I did. I engaged in religious and cultural activities and book club, and attended some social events. I also engaged in weekend fitness activities.

What was your social life like and how would you say it influenced your performance?

My social life was okay. My relationship with my colleagues helped to improve my understanding of human relations. My colleagues motivated me and this influence my performance as well.

Apart from the good grades, what other skills did you acquire?

I acquired some skills while studying, some of which are certification as a pastry chef, makeup artist, marketing and basic computer skills.

How many awards did you receive?

I received five awards in total. Hardworking student of the year (Department of Sociology); best student of the year (Department of Sociology); overall best-graduating student in Sociology (Faculty Award); best student of the year (Student Union Government) and best-graduating student and best Department Student Award by the Department of Sociology.

Did you have any role models you look up to in your field?

I look up to Mr Anas in the sociological field. He was my lecturer during my IJMB programme. I would say he played the most roles in me being a sociology graduate. He did a lot for me, and I learned a lot from him. I could sit in his class all day and not get exhausted. I don’t know, but he has a special way of making sociology easy to understand.

Did you face challenges during your studies?

There were many challenges. Whenever I faced any, I said to myself, “Aisha, challenges are part of life, you just have to face them to move on to the next chapter. Know that your Lord will never test you beyond what you cannot handle.” So, I prayed a lot for God’s guidance. I set my mind to always be ready because challenges can set in at any point. The road to a successful life has never been without challenges.

What are your career goals? How would your academic achievements help you accomplish them?

I believe education is of the essence, I would like to be a participant in its continuous positive development, to expand into more local and global professional skills. And, I would like to be a participant in ensuring there is order in society, to keep learning − as it is a continuous process. Also, new knowledge frontiers and learning imperatives keep emerging.

What is the one thing you would advise students to do or run away from?

My advice to students is to keep in mind that their primary aim − as they owe it to themselves and family – is to do better and excel. Also, do away with anything that contradicts prescribed societal values and moral codes of behaviour.



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