For many young people, the transition from adolescence to adulthood is marked by a university experience, and for me it was no different. Coming from a Nigerian background, it was ingrained in me to always strive to be successful, but it was easier said than done.
There were many challenges that I faced in my first year at uni; being away from home, navigating the public transport system during peak hours, trying to make new friends, and getting through those dreaded exams. Being at a university with a large BAME community made it easier to not feel like an outsider and focus on my academic gifts, but it also encouraged me to distinguish myself. What I found was that planning and setting goals was key - it gave me something to strive towards and motivated me to be better. It paid off, and after four long years and adjusting to the changes that COVID-19 brought, I graduated with a first-class degree.
I have learned a lot about myself over the last few years, but most importantly, I now understand that the things that distinguish me as a person are also the things that propel me forward, and have brought me one step closer to the success that I seek.