Chinaecherem Cynthia Ali, highflying student whose nine distinctions earned her a university scholarship from Governor Ugwuanyi, speaks with EnuguNow…
This is certainly a glorious moment for you. How do you feel?
I want to thank Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and the government of Enugu State for offering me a scholarship and for supporting my school. I want to thank God for making this possible and for lifting me up.
What do you intend to study?
I’d like to study medicine and surgery to enable me to work for humanity. I promise to work hard and to make the state proud for giving me this opportunity.
What are the values that prepared you for what you have achieved?
My parents were a huge influence. Throughout my secondary school education I wasn’t allowed to use a mobile phone. My school too equally helped prepare me towards attaining this academic height.
What would be your counsel to younger ones who look up to you?
There’s no advise better than urging the young scholars to study diligently and ignore the many tempting distractions. If they do, they certainly will excel and stand before kings. My achievement is a product of years of hardwork.
Do you have a study regimen?
I was a day-student and we usually had our prep class between 2.30pm and 4.00pm. I always put that period to good use so that when I get back home I could play with my brother and do other things I need to do. And then it’s back to my books from 7.00pm till 9.00pm when I go to bed. I set an alarm to wake me up at 2.00am and read till 5.00pm before preparing for school. It may be considered tedious but I had to do it because I had a goal.
To what extent did having a teacher as father help?
It was quite helpful. My dad teaches English language and at home he takes the pains to impart knowledge of the language to us. So it helped having a father who’s a teacher.