BEAUTY WITH BRAINS: An interview with A First Class Student from the department of economics, Ambrose Alli University, Edo State, Nigeria.

BEAUTY WITH BRAINS: An interview with A First Class Student from the department of economics, Ambrose Alli University, Edo State, ...




BEAUTY WITH BRAINS: An interview with A First Class Student from the department of economics, Ambrose Alli University, Edo State, Nigeria.

Evita A. Lucky graduated from Ambrose University in 2016/2017 and she is the first  person to have made a first class from the department of economics since inception in 1981. The economics graduate tells liveloveeconomics.com how she was able to graduate with a first class degree.

NB: Interview answers have been truncated.

You must have been excited to be among the unique students in the history of the department to have a first class or did you feel it was not a big deal?

I am extremely excited.


Was it luck that you made a first class or did you work towards it?

I wouldn’t say it was luck. It was determination and focus.


Did you also have good grades when you were in secondary school?

I started having excellent grades when I was in senior secondary school. My grades in primary school and junior secondary school were average.


Could you tell us why you decided to study economics?

Studying economics was a means to escape from studying law or medicine & surgery. My father wanted either of those two.


What is economics all about?

Economics goes beyond demand & supply, production, distribution and consumption. Economics has to do with how unlimited want is filled with limited resources.


Was it so easy to make a first class?

No it wasn’t easy but it was worth it.


What was your most memorable experience in school?

I stayed in the school hostel for four years, there were a lot of memorable experiences and I can’t tell which is the most memorable.

Whenever I am going to write an exam, I always do my make-up. It was a tradition for me to always look nice because I know I read my book.

In my third year, my lecturer asked me a question in class and I think it was the previous day he knew my name. The class was filled up with students and he walked up to me and asked me to answer a question which I wasn’t expecting, so I did. Unfortunately for me, he said ‘’that is not how to answer it, all the words you used was not how I taught you, you should have used my own words’’. So I felt embarrassed that day.

In my final year I decided to loosen up a bit. I played football for the female team of the department. I had to engage myself in more social activities and that was fun for me.

Lastly, I was blessed with intelligent roommates all through, whom with their grade and words encouraged me to read.

Was there a time you felt you might not make a first class?

Yes, there was a time and that time was when I saw my 100level (1st year) result.


Were you among the students who just go from hostel to class to church and back to the hostel?

Yes. That was my routine. At time I felt if someone wanted to kidnap me, it would be pretty easy because everybody knew my routine.


Did you have friends who tried to encourage you to party?

They knew my reply would be ‘no’, so they stop asking.


How was your social life back in school?

My friends called me ‘boring’. I wouldn’t say i had much of a social life but it was worth it.  


You must have done very different things to achieve that, what were they?

I had to study all my lecturers, I asked questions from senior colleagues, I read my books, surfed the web, used the school library (sometimes I slept while studying), I tried not to miss classes, I bought textbooks, did my assignments and most importantly they motivated me.


Being a first class student in the department, were there times you receive any recommendations from your lecturers?

I received special commendation when I was in 400level (4th year). Then, my lecturers already knew me because of my grades. When it was time for exam, they would hover around me to make sure I wasn’t cheating.


Do you have any advice for aspiring first class students?

Don’t lose your focus and always have a motivating factor.

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