LASU best graduating student wrote UTME seven times
The Lagos State University best graduating student in 2015 /2016 , Mrs Elizabeth Orefuwa , says she wrote the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination seven times before gaining admission .
Orefuwa graduated with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4 . 74 in Accounting Education.
Orefuwa , 29 , said during the institution ’ s 21 st convocation on Wednesday in Lagos that the journey through the institution did not come easy but with determination and motivation , she had success a story to tell .
She said that in the process of seeking for university admission , she started a professional career in accounting .
She said , “ The journey through the institution was not easy ; it took me seven years of writing the UTME before I finally gained admission in 2012 .
“ I also applied for direct entry three times at the Obafemi Awolowo University , Ile – Ife .
“ During this period of waiting, I started a professional career at the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria in 2007 and became qualified as an Associate Chartered Accountant in 2010 . ”
She said that she wanted to study accounting but fate brought her to education , adding that she enjoyed every bit of it and never dreamt of coming out with a first class and becoming the best student .
She said , “ My aim is to get my first degree certificate after several years of waiting and to satisfy my dad , who has been insisting on academic certificate before professional certificate .
“ He would always say to me then that I have put the cart before the horse .
“ However , what kept me going was self – belief, focus and determination bearing in mind that I am not competing with other but with my own capabilities . ’’
She said that her marriage at the beginning of her final year and the pregnancy condition did not affect her academic performance .
She said , “ I had a CGPA of 4 . 72 before marriage and I graduated with 4 . 74 point .
“ I got married during my final year in 2015 and my husband was very supportive throughout that period . ’’
Although a chartered accountant , Orefuwa said she would love to teach and combine it with practising accounting profession .