Laju, pictured with her father, on her first day at Ashesi.
Class of 2022
Let me tell you about my country, Nigeria. We are called the Giant of Africa because we are a diverse nation and are blessed with numerous mineral resources spread across different geopolitical zones. My state of origin is Delta State, a state rich in oil and agricultural produce. I live in Rivers State which is endowed with rich vegetation, canals, and other water bodies, so it encourages fishing and tourism. My growing up in Rivers State and Delta State combined in building me up to be who I am today.
In the course of writing the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Exams (WASSCE), I started planning what school I will attend. The talk of going abroad always came up in discussions with my parents but so did the cost of tertiary education. While I was researching universities, I was drawn to the vision that Patrick Awuah had for Ashesi University because it correlated closely with my future aspirations and lives up to the standards of the schools I intended to attend. It is a school with excellent facilities, programs, and extra-curricular activities that creates an environment that increases the zeal for students to learn, has diversity in students and staff, and very importantly, is an institution that teaches leadership in Africa, for a better Africa.
[Ashesi is] an institution that teaches leadership in Africa, for a better Africa.
My most interesting experience in Ashesi (though it was not fun) was the working in teams. I had the opportunity for the first time to lead a team called the Ashesi LifeSavers in my Foundation of Design and Entrepreneurship class. None of my teammates in my group were people I had encountered previously but I was more than eager to start working with them. There were some challenges I encountered while working intensively with my team which was part of the learning experience on how to work with people and manage them in a way that we achieve our collective goal.
Engineering to me is a form of artistry and what do artists create? Artworks. What are artworks meant to do? They are meant to help us in some way in our everyday lives, whether mentally, socially, or physically. Products of engineering guide us. I aspire to become a Computer Engineer. I have always loved working with computers for as long as I can remember.
I aspire to become a Computer Engineer. I have always loved working
with computers for as long as I can remember.
When I was in primary school, I asked my mother to teach me how to use Microsoft Word so that I was ahead of my classmates. I enjoyed helping whoever I sat with when they could not keep up with the teacher. It made me happy whenever I assisted any of my classmates (who had setbacks) to catch up with the activities of the class. When I become a Computer Engineer, I want to primarily set up a foundation globally which will develop people technologically and engage them in an innovative and creative way. I would also like to specialize in Biotechnology and Robotics not only to save people’s lives but to change it for the better and give them hope for their future.
I felt very blessed when I received the email from Ashesi offering me the Ashesi Financial Aid. I am grateful to all the donors for giving me the opportunity to study at Ashesi in order to show my potential in a supportive community. I assure them that I will live up to their expectations of my academic performance while at Ashesi.
I am grateful to all the donors for giving me the opportunity to study in Ashesi in order to
show my potential in a supportive community. I assure them that I will live up
to their expectations of my academic performance while in Ashesi.
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