“THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR BEING RUDE…
‘OGEFASH BLOG’ CAUGHT UP WITH EDO BORN MATTHEW JEFFREY JUDE WHO IS NOT ONLY FUN TO CHAT WITH BUT IS ALSO VERY ENGAGING.. THE CHARMING DUDE HAS AN INTERESTING PERSONALITY. HE IS CURRENTLY THE RAVE OF THE MOMENT AS HE IS THE OVERALL BEST GRADUATING STUDENT WITH A CGPA OF 4.97 IN THE 2013-2017 ACADEMIC SESSION OF THE INSTITUTION. JEFFREY AND TWO OTHER GRADUANTS- ROY LAYINDE BOSUN ABBAS AND BABAWALE OLUDARE EMMANUEL, EMERGED THE OVERALL BEST GRADUATING STUDENT WITH THE SAME CGPA.
IN THIS INERVIEW, JEFFREY SHARES WITH OGEFASH SOME OF “THE GOOD” AND “NOT TOO GOOD” EXPERIENCES WHILE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS. EXCERPS
MATTHEW JEFFREY’S PROFILE
21 years old Matthew Jeffrey graduated from St. Francis Catholic secondary School in the year 2012. He was a senior prefect and the valedictorian during his time. He is from an average family; his mum is a beautician and his dad a professional golfer. He has three siblings (two older sisters and a younger brother). He was born on the 29th of July. He is from Edo state. He loves movies, games, comics; he is a die-hard fan of marvel comics. Jeffrey is not only a terrific reader but a writer as well. He used to be an athlete. He loves discovering new things. Jeffrey loves to unlock mysteries!
JEFFREY’S PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE
First, the most important competition you’ll even have in your life is with yourself. Compete with yourself from yesterday and make sure you surpass your previous accomplishments. Second, as human beings, it’s our duty to always leave a place far better than how we met it. Finally, there’s no excuse for being rude.
OGEFASH: How do you feel as d best graduating student of Unilag? JEFFREY: I feel ecstatic, happy and proud of this achievement.
OGEFASH: How did you achieve this feat?
JEFFREY: I achieved this feat by being true to myself, attending lectures regularly, having good friends and knowing that all work and no play makes life extremely boring.
OGEFASH: What would you say has been the secret to achieving this feat?
JEFFREY: It has been said that everything starts with God, so it’s all been by the special grace of God. Secondly, I have a goal that I am determined to achieve irrespective of the many hurdles I must overcome to achieve that goal. So, my determination and belief in my future played a big part, and let’s not forget my love for what I studied.
OGEFASH: What were some of the challenges you faced as a student?
JEFFREY: The major challenge I faced was the journey I had to make from Akoka to College of Medicine, Idi-Araba for my lectures and the war of getting accommodation in school.
OGEFASH: How has Unilag affected you as an individual? JEFFREY: My journey through the University of Lagos was an eye opening experience. I became more confident in myself, learned the importance of teamwork; which is really essential in my field of study, I learned how to do so many things that I once thought I could never do. I believe I graduated as a better and more productive individual.
OGEFASH: People believe that intelligent people do not have a social life, do you have one? Do you have any special person in your life now?
JEFFREY: Honestly, that is a big lie. I know many people who are really good academically and also have a healthy social life. I believe I am one of them. I enjoy socializing with people especially friends. A special person? I have several.
OGEFASH: Describe your best moment in Unilag?
JEFFREY: My best moment at the University of Lagos was sometime in year two. I was surprised with a birthday cake by my closest friends; Amina, Samuel and Olabisi. It was really unexpected and it made me realize that having the right people in your life could definitely make your life easier and happier.
OGEFASH: What department did you graduate from and why did you choose it? JEFFREY: I graduated from the department of Biochemistry. I chose it because of my love for the course. I love research. I love learning about the mysteries of the biological world and thinking of new ways to unlock these mysteries. I have a curious nature; I want to know why certain things have unique characteristics and the best way to make the uniqueness work for us. I really love science
OGEFASH: How would you describe your stay in Unilag JEFFREY: It was one exciting journey. The friends I made, my course mates and roommates all made this journey an exciting one.
OGEFASH: What will you miss most about Unilag JEFFREY: My evening strolls around the school.
OGEFASH: What would you use the prize money for ? JEFFREY: I’ll invest in myself, ideas and businesses that I am interested in.
OGEFASH: What is the next step to life JEFFREY: I plan on furthering my studies.
OGEFASH: How have your parents and family contributed to your success story here JEFFREY: After God, I owe everything to them. For their constant support and prayers for me, for believing in me when no one else would and letting me pursue my dreams.
OGEFASH: Advice to those you are leaving behind and those who want to succeed academically JEFFREY: Know yourself. Our paths in life are not the same and no one is a failure. Don’t be afraid to dream, for most things that exist today were once dreams. Believe in yourself, for if you don’t, no one else would. Follow your heart and remember everything begins and ends with God.