It took a village to get me here- Pt 1

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It all started like this

You know that awkward moment when you have planned to say so much but when the time to talk comes, everything just flies off your head. Yes! That is what I am going through right now. I’d just summarise.

Since 2019, I have been itching to discover more. I just knew there has to be more and going back to school just seems like the right thing to do. After dissuading myself from the thought for so long, I decided to apply for Chevening Scholarship last year.

Shalla to Hannah Ajakaiye, Dipo Onabanjo, Ireoluwa Adegoke for helping with my essays. I gave it my best shot. I didn’t even as much as make the shortlist but that one effort set me on the right path to where I am right now. The process of writing the essays, feedback and introspection provided some clarity for my goals and aspirations as a person.

The Sunday I got that rejection email from Chevening, I was sad. But thankfully, I was spurred to find more ways than one to achieve my academic goals. So I forged on in faith and with the encouraging words of my mentor.

I heard of University of Surrey for the first time in April this year from my brother after I had almost resorted to taking an admission offer from another school. Actually, my brother casually mentioned that I checked out University of Manchester and Surrey during a conversation about raising funds for the offers I was considering. Manchester was a no go area for me because of their strange requirements. So I checked out Surrey’s website- perused their marketing and communications courses, modules, ranking and the tuition fees and thought it wasn’t bad at all.

Something prompted me to check their MBA programme. Alas! The modules were just perfect and intersect well with my learning goals. What’s more, there was a scholarship scheme for women called Women in Leadership Scholarship. A Nigerian called Yejide Akiode was even a 2018 recipient. This gave me the much needed confidence to give this a shot.

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