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Lady who Combined Work and Study Graduates with Perfect 7.0 CGPA from University of Ibadan

Lady who Combined Work and Study Graduates with Perfect 7.0 CGPA from University of Ibadan
Abibat, a young Nigerian lady, has claimed that despite working while in school, she graduated from the University of Ibadan with a CGPA of over 7.0.
In an interview with Muslim News, Abibat spoke of her academic milestone. She said:
“I started my academic journey from The Polytechnic, Ibadan, where I studied Civil Engineering, both for National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND). I bagged Distinctions at both programmes.
“After then, I proceeded for my first degree at the University of Ibadan, where I also studied Civil Engineering. I made 6.1 out of 7.0 which amounts to a First Class. Due to my outstanding performance at the undergraduate level, I was awarded a Masters Scholarship at the University of Ibadan.
“I started my ND in 2007, and finished 2009. I went for my HND in 2010, but had also put in for a Direct Entry at the University of Ibadan. I didn’t get admitted that year. So, I continued with my HND programme. I was later admitted for the university’s undergraduate degree programme.”
“While I was at the Polytechnic, I was working with a structural firm. Whenever I was on break or holidays, I was always in that office, learning how to analyze, design and build structures. Ever since my ND period, I’ve been working, gathering experience. After that firm, I joined a construction company in Lagos, where I used the knowledge I had in the structural firm to the real construction world.
“Presently, I am working as a Teaching Assistant at The Polytechnic, Ibadan. Even when I was on my Masters programme, I combined work and family as well. I got married in 400 level, and since then, I have been combining work, family and studies together. It’s quite difficult, but since I already have a passion for it, I was able to cope. With prayer and everything, I was able to come out successfully.”
She explained what worked for her, “It has been Almighty Allah so far. But what I do is for every day, I have my to-do list. If I cannot achieve 100% of the to-do list, I strive to cover 85%. Also, with the help of my family, because they have been very supportive. I think that’s what gave me the encouragement to forge ahead and find everything easy.”
She counseled young girls to make the most of whatever they do, saying: “Every sacrifice in life has a reward. Nobody can tell when the reward will come.”

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