UNICAL’s best graduating student shares his failure experience, says 'your dreams are valid'

UNICAL’s best graduating student shares his failure experience, says 'your dreams are valid'

- A young man identified as Henry Emmanuel recently graduated from the University of Calabar as the best student

- Emmanuel who graduated with a First Class had an impressive CGPA of 4.72

- Sharing his success story, he revealed he was denied admission into the university twice but never gave up

Indeed, a determined and resilient mind eventually achieves dreams and the story of a young man identified as M who is left the University of Calabar with a First Class and the Best Graduating Student title.

According to Educeleb, Emmanuel was among the 51 graduating students who had a First Class degree at the 32nd convocation ceremony held on Saturday April 13, 2019. While many people celebrate his success, not so many people were privy to the challenges he faced on his journey towards achieving this great academic achievement.

The bright scholar who hails from Akwa Ibom revealed how he failed to gain admission on two occasions but never gave up. In his words: "In 2012, I had my second attempt at securing admission in the University of Calabar rejected. I was dejected and demoralized."

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UNICAL’s best graduating student shares his failure experience

Emmanuel Henry graduated with a CGPA of 4.72
Source: UGC

He went on: “I was considered a failure by many. Yet, I never gave up those dreams. I saw failure as a lesson, hard work and resilience, a prerequisite for success.”

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Encouraging others, he had this to say: “Some dreams might seem too big and out of reach but I tell you today, that, no matter how big or scary they are, your dreams, every one of them, are valid.”

Emmanuel won several prizes including the Tony Elumelu Foundation Award for Best Graduating Student worth a quarter of a million naira.

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Speaking earlier at the convocation ceremony, the Vice Chancellor of University of Calabar, Professor Zana Akpagu disclosed that aside the 51 First Class graduates at the undergraduate level, 2356 had Second Class Upper Division, 4,532 had Second Class Lower Division while 672 had Third Class degrees.

In another story, while many people are quick to give up after a few trials and challenges, this young lady has proven that with determination and passion for one's goal, anything is achievable.

Despite having to sit for JAMB five times and WAEC, twice, Falilat wasn't ready to give up on her dreams of attaining higher educations. Keeping the faith eventually paid off as she finally gained admission into the university.

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