Miss Godknows Osarhiaekhimen, a medical student emerged the best graduating student at the Obafemi Awolowo University with distinctions in all her subject. In this interview she talks about what drives her success, and defining moments.
Can we meet you?
My name is Godknows Osarhiaekhimen. I’m the first child out of five children born to my parents. My dad hails from Ologbo N’ugu in Orhionmwon local government area of Edo State. He’s a barrister, while mum is from Ezinihitte-Mbaise local government area of Imo State. She’s a nurse/midwife.
What were your expectations going into the university?
When I got admission to study Medicine, my plan was to perform excellently and come out as a very good doctor. I also wanted to make quality friendships that would outlive my university days.
I didn’t anticipate graduating as the best in my class or making distinctions in every course in medical school. I’m grateful that it turned out this way.
What were the defining moments for you?
The defining moments for me were times when our results came out. There’s always this trepidation when results come out and I’m not sure how it would turn out. This is because in health sciences, you can’t be too sure of anything.
What factors would you say contributed to your life and academic successes so far?
A lot of factors. First and foremost, I owe it to God, without whom none of these successes would have been possible. I’m also grateful to my parents for ensuring that I was well provided for and for their encouragement and prayers. Then, I consider myself a diligent person, so I believe that helped, too.
You want to share your grades with us?
Sure. I had distinctions in Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry in my second year; distinctions in Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry in my third year; distinctions in Pathology and Pharmacology in my fourth year; distinctions in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Mental Health and Dermatology in my fifth year; distinctions in Surgery, Medicine and Community health in my final year.
Once again, you have proven that Academic Excellence is still possible, so what is your advice to young people with regards to their academic pursuit?
My challenge to young people is that they should know what they want and go for it. Make sure you understand yourself fully, know your strengths and weaknesses, and be prepared to go the extra mile.