The indigene of Imo state, born in Niger state and raised in Lagos state emerged the best graduating students carting away all the prizes and awards. Wealthylabmanagers.com crew caught up with the chemical pathology major and the first in a family of five, and she took us through her journey towards graduating with a first class.
Maryann Ikeagwu: It wasn’t easy. A lot of people told me it was impossible but I have always been the kind of person that sets ridiculously high goals for myself because I know the strength of the God I serve. So I ignored the sceptics and worked towards it prayerfully and God has made it a reality. Of course it took a lot of hard work, long hours of study and determination.
Maryann Ikeagwu: We don’t have two heads. I start reading early into the semester. I don’t wait for my notes to pile up. So before exams approach, I’m already very familiar with the course materials.
Maryann Ikeagwu: To be honest I literally didn’t have a social life. Medical laboratory science is a challenging course and course materials are usually quite bulky so with the the kind of goal I set for my self I knew it couldn’t afford to allow any distraction. So my life in school was “trangular ” Hostel -School -Church.
Maryann Ikeagwu: If you can conceive it and believe it, you can achieve it . Just believe in yourself and have a solid relationship with God and don’t let anyone discourage you with their pessimistic comments.
Maryann Ikeagwu: Definitely, if they didn’t teach me well I wouldn’t have been able to excel . Also some lecturers noticed my academic performance and encouraged me to press on towards my goal.
Maryann Ikeagwu: The lecturers in MLS department, AAU are very hardworking and dedicated.
The workload on the lecturers is too much so more hands are actually needed.
Maryann Ikeagwu: They’re trying but I believe more can be done like giving automatic internship placement to MLS students that excel academically because getting a place to do your Internship is another battle on its own so students that have excelled academically should not have to go through the stress of applying to a whole lot of hospitals in order to get an internship placement.
Maryann Ikeagwu: Four awards and one cash prize:
- MLSCN Merit award for academic excellence for being the best graduating BMLS student in 2015/2016 set in AAU,Ekpoma
- Award for excellent academic performance for being a First -Class graduant.
- Award for excellent academic performance for being the best graduating student In Chemical pathology option
- Award for excellent academic performance for being the overall best graduating student in 2015/2016 set
- Cash prize from Prof. Dennis E. Agbonlahor.
Maryann Ikeagwu: I plan going further academically. Getting an M.Sc and PhD and going into academia and Medical research.