Alabi Rasheedat Adedoyin, a 22-year old graduating student of the College of Health Sciences, University of Ilorin has attributed consistent reading, fervent prayers and keeping good company as secret behind her emergence as the best performing student of her faculty at the 2016/2017 33rd convocation ceremonies of the institution.
Adedoyin who swept 26 prizes, during the 33rd convocation that took place on Saturday, 21st of October, 2017 was still basking in the euphoria of her brilliant academic performance in medical school.
Though she did play and watch movies like her colleagues, Rasheedat did not allow University side attractions to becloud her sense of reasoning in realizing that she was on campus for a purpose.
In an exclusive interview with highPROFILE, an Ikirun born youngest doctor in Osun State with rising profile said knowledge sharing with colleagues helped her tremendously to attain the feat.
“The secret is that I tried as much as possible to be consistent in reading and I surrounded myself with serious minded people.
“I was a member of a very good discussion group and I’m glad we all made it at the end of the medical school. No one is an island. You can learn from even the person considered to be the dullest” Rasheedat explained.
Rasheedat said she was freed with everybody and always ready to share ideas with others and learn from them, this she explained accounted for her deep understanding about virtually all courses she read.
“I used to go to the cinema and read in my room because reading in class wasn’t meant for me. At least two hours. I tried to cover everything I’m taught that same day” she added.
Apart from surrounding herself with focused and serious minded course mates, Rasheedat was also an active member of Febrile Academia and Ilumsa’s Quiz Team. She played good roles in various activities of the Medical Students Association in the faculty.
Despite the fact that she read copiously, Rasheedat disclosed that she did not toy with sleep, having realised that one of the functions of sleep is consolidation of memory.
According to her, ‘sleep is needed to remember what one read and to prevent brain block’, added “You’ll even feel refreshed till day break” isn’t good?
The young Alabi Rasheedat attended St Clare’s nursery and primary school, Osogbo and finished in 2004 and had her secondary education at ‘Our Lady and St. Francis’ Catholic college’ in Osogbo and graduated in 2010, the same year she got admission to read medicine at the University of Ilorin.