During an Exclusive interview session with the overall Best Graduating Student of the prestigious Akwa Ibom State University, Udom Evans Joel (CGPA 4.9). Udom Evans Joel from the department of Mechanical Engineering is recorded to have been the best graduating student with a CGPA of 4.90 during the 2nd and 3rd convocation of the Akwa Ibom State University.
He was accompanied by Senior Comrade Raphael Essien (Former President student union), from the department of electrical/electronics engineering graduating as the second best graduating student with a 4.79 CGPA.
The Akwa Ibom State University Best Graduate had a lot to share with us, which includes his SUCCESS STORY, ACHIEVEMENTS, UPS & DOWN IN THE UNIVERSITY, HOW HE MADE HIS 4.9 CGPA and also THE SECRET OF HIS ACADEMIC SUCCESS
Here is what Udom Evans Joel had to say;
”I am Evans Joel Udom, a first class graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the Akwa Ibom State University. I hail from Mkpat Enin local government area of Akwa Ibom State.
I emerged as the best graduating student during the 2nd and 3rd convocation of the Akwa Ibom State University.
My Success Story
Well, let me say that personally, I have always had that desire to achieve excellence in whatsoever I find doing no matter the challenges that abound.
So as an undergraduate student that drive for excellence was what propelled me to success. Basically, as a student I had some challenges and I also thank God that I was able to overcome them and still graduate well.
One of them was financial challenge, I still remember that after I had been offered admission into the university, there was no money to pay my first year school fees.
Then while my dad was trying to source for funds to give me, God just miraculous brought a family friend who had heard about my brilliant academic performance in my JAMB and Post UTME exams, to help out and that was how I started school. Later on, I didn’t have such difficulties again because I was a beneficiary of the Mobil undergraduate scholarship.
The advice I have for students is that they should always strive to give their very best at every point in time, and also as a student you should be able to set your priorities right.
You should know what took you to school at the first place and what you intend to become in life. And lastly, never compete with anybody as there is no competition in life.
In fact, the only person you should be competing with is who you were before. Strive to be a better you and the sky would be your starting point.
The Secret Of My Academic Success
Well what I usually did was that after every lecture session, I would do an indepth research study about what I was lectured that day, and thus try to get other author’s perspectives on what was being taught.
I bought many engineering textbooks for my personal use and I also believed in extensive research. For example, if a topic like ”Fracture Mechanics” was being taught in class, I would look for like two to three textbooks that discusses fracture mechanics extensively.
And then I would try to form my own notes, based on the knowledge I have gotten from the lecturer and also what I have been able to research on that topic.
This really helped me because when I am answering questions during my examination, I try as much as possible to convince the lecturer that I understand the concept perfectly, by adding a little bit of what I researched upon to what was taught in class.
Also, while in class I listen very attentively and I sit at the front of the classroom so that I won’t get distracted. Moreover, I liked spending most of my time at the university library which is also very rich with books. I also devoted at least an hour to study everyday”.