Who is Michael Osayi?
I am the second child of Engr Gabriel Eromhonsele and Mrs. Charity Eromhonsele. I am 21 years old. I am from Igueben Local Government Area of Edo State. I am a lover of God, a lover of people, and a lover of soccer. I am a critical thinker and solution provider.
Give a brief background of your academic accomplishments?
During my primary education, I was usually among the top three in my class. In junior secondary school, I was a little above average. It was during my senior secondary education that I began to take academics seriously. After the first year of my senior secondary education, I finished as the best in my class (SS1B) and won an award in mathematics. At the end of my second year, I was the 2nd best in SS2 class and won the Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN) award. I finished my secondary education as the best graduating student and as a finalist in the Maltina National Reading competition.
Did you aspire to be a first class graduate?
When I gained admission into Covenant University in 2008 my goal was to leave with a first class degree and I thank God that I was able to achieve it.
What motivates and inspires you?
My major source of inspiration is God’s word- the Bible. According to Dr. David Oyedepo, every other book informs but the Bible transforms.
Is Michael all about academics or are there more sides to him?
During my stay in Covenant University, I was privileged to engage in some social and leadership activities. I was a course representative from 100-500 level and engineering class representative from 100-300 level. I was a floor representative, floor chaplain, and wing chaplain in 200 level. I was an executive in my department in 300 level and an executive in communion unit of CU’s chaplaincy. I was also privileged to be the financial secretary of TechWeek 2011.
What lessons did you learn from Covenant University?
The first and foremost lesson is the fact that without being a friend of the Holy Spirit you cannot achieve and maintain good success. The second is the fact that the people you have around determine the events in your life. During the first semester of 200 level, I offered 14 courses and held five leadership positions but by the help of the Holy Spirit I finished with a 4.95 GPA that semester. That was when I learnt the first and foremost lesson.
What’s next for Michael?
My future ambition is to become one of the leading structural engineering consultants in the world.
What roles did the school play in molding you?
The events that occurred during my stay in Covenant University have made me spiritual, diligent, and responsible, built my capacity, given me a possibility mentality, and have taught me sacrifice. Covenant University has played a major role in molding me.
What is your formula for academic excellence?
First of all, you have to know that you are a success not because of your talents or abilities but because of Christ in you. Secondly, you have to prepare wisely by making sure you attend all lectures, do all assignments, and start studying early. Finally, try to study with your friends and make sure you teach others.
What is your reaction to the growing concern about increase in first class graduates produced by private institutions?
It is not a concern to me but a blessing to Nigeria. Most of the lecturers in public universities believe that a first class result should be for a few people, so they try their best to frustrate their students to ensure that they “suffer” in order to obtain a first class. Also the environment and infrastructure is not conducive for learning in most public universities. This also hinders the students from expressing their full potential. But in private universities like Covenant University, the infrastructure is good, the environment is good, and lecturers give students the scores they “deserve”. In summary, in most public universities the mentality of “suffering” is built into their students but in Covenant University, students are built with a mentality of “sacrifice”.
What is your advice to other students?
My advice to students is for them to live their lives for a purpose and not for pleasures. A life lived for a purpose brings fulfillment and pleasures but a life lived for pleasures brings poverty and corruption. There is a time for everything under the sun. Do the right thing at the right time.
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