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My Reading Culture - Rufai Basirat, UI Pharmacy Best Graduating Student by Dogshow(m): 10:37am On Feb 09, 2021
Meet Rufai Basirat Oluwadamilola, the best graduating student, Pharmacy UI class of 2018/2019. She gave a hindsight into her life experiences, dreams and everything. Her story is a reflection of consistency, and so much of an inspiration.

Can you kindly introduce yourself?

My name is Rufai Basirat Oluwadamilola. I am from Ogun State, in the city of Abeokuta. I am 22years of age. I fill the 3rd position in my family out of 4. I am a recent graduate of Pharmacy from the Premier University of Ibadan (2018/2019 set of B. Pharm.)

Why the profession "Pharmacy?"

Well, I have always been enthusiastic to be an health professional right from my secondary school days, but I didn't really like Medicine actually. So for my love of chemistry and biology, the best option I could go for was Pharmacy, and I am glad I chose the course.

Can you highlight your academic feat, including distinctions and CGPA?

Okay. I got a CGPA of 6.9/7.0
I also bagged Distinctions in all Pharmacy courses including Clinical Pharmacy, which is very rare for students to get distinction in. So I got distinctions in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacognosy, Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Pharmaceutics and Industrial Pharmacy, Clinical Pharmacy, Social and Administrative Pharmacy and Pharmacology

Did you ever see this feat coming?

Hmmm... Somehow. I said somehow because I almost got discouraged after my 200Level, where I had a low score in Zoology and Anatomy in my 100L and 200L respectively and those courses reduced my CGPA, but after my 300Level and 400Level and I realized I had 7 points in all of my courses, I saw it coming; the more reason I had to put more efforts in my 500 level

While you were in school, did you engage in any extracurricular activities? If yes, what were they?

Yes I did.
I was a member of Pharmalead Club and at a point, the head of public health thematic in the club where I organized a first aid training for Pharmacy students, facilitated by the Red Cross Society, UI detachment. I also engaged in so many religious activities being a member of the Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria (MSSN). During my 200L days, I was the assistant librarian of MSSN. In my 400L, I was appointed the Chairperson of Sisters' Seminar Organizing Committee where I organized a befitting Sisters' seminar for over 500 sisters. In my final year, I was also appointed the role of Assistant secretary of the Finalist Forum Committee responsible for organizing programs for the Finalists. I attended trainings, programmes and conferences within and outside the school. One of the trainings I attended was focused on "Strengthening Interprofessional Education in HIV Care and maagement" and that made me more interested in HIV Care and management. I also participated in some PANS week activities like health outreach, dinner, cultural night and the likes. Basically, I had a social life while in school, but I also wish to have had more.

How were you able to combine it with the rigor of pharmacy school considering that studying pharmacy is time consuming?

I always have this mindset of doing the right thing at the right time. Basically, I am not a fan of piling up notes, so most of the time, I read as we are being taught. Also, during tests and exams, I go into hibernation mode. I am not also a fan of late night reading, so I use my weekend very judiciously. I stay indoor reading from morning till night, and the only break I get is probably to cook and also go for prayer. If I am to go for any program or when I was a member of some of the committees I mentioned earlier, I always have a way of fixing my time for any of the meetings or programs. I am a good time manager, lol, so I know how to compensate one for the other.

Did you find pharmacy school challenging as most students claim?

Yes it is. Due to the nature of our exams, (i.e The marathon race), if I can put it that way, it is usually very challenging having to prepare for each course each day. These courses are not just mere courses, rather bulky notes one have to read.

What's your reading culture like?

I do morning till night. When I wake up in the morning, I pray. After prayer, I probably get about 30mins rest, and immediately I start reading. My reading time usually starts around 7a.m. My maximum reading capacity is usually around 3hours. So after about 3hours, I feel very tired and stressed already. I take a little time to rest, say about 15-30mins. During that time, I could munch on corn flakes or coco pops. Lol. Then I resume again. After about 2hours again, I feel tired. I take that time to pray and also probably get something to eat. I rest a little while and also resume back. So I do this till evening, but I do go for prayers in between. So by evening, like I said usually around 9p.m or 10p.m, I shut down. Most times, I take that time to go outside with my friend and chill out or probably check Instagram or sleep, depending on what I feel like doing. That's my usual reading pattern during the weekend

Now that you have graduated, is there anything you wish you did while you were in school?

Yes, that i participated more in extracurricular activities I guess.

Share with us your toughest experience in school and how you were able to overcome it?

My toughest moment was during my 500L project. The project was not easy and at a point, I got tired of everything, but I was able to overcome with the support of my friends.

You must have had some fond memories about your time in pharmacy school, can you share your most exciting one?

Well, I had so many, but one of them was during my 500L exams. My birthday was on a Saturday, just before my Clinical Pharmacy exam on a Monday. And usually, clinicals exam is always like we die here during preparation because of the bulkiness of the course. So because of my exam, I could not really enjoy the birthday but my friend promised to take me out in the evening since I was not a night reader like that too. But I was scared because I was just on the 7th material that Saturday evening out of over 20materials. My room mate gingered me to go which I did, when I came back, I was very tired, stressed as well as scared. So I slept off. But the following day, it was "we really die here" reading I did and we thank God, the result came out fine and I am glad I went out that night because it was like a stress relieving moment for me.

What's your Relationship status?
Currently single.

It Is often said that being a distinction student is all about book, how do you venture into becoming an entrepreneur?

Lol. The entrepreneur idea came in during the lockdown period. My mum sells accessories and I decided to tap into her grace. I also love doing business, so I took that opportunity during the break and I am glad the BB LuxuryAffairs brand is becoming well known.

What's your take about community pharmacy which is like a safe haven for pre interns with the intent burden of "over-use and underpay scheme structure for I.T students?

Hmm. Well, community Pharmacy like you said is like a friendly home for most Pharmacy students. It is usually one of the apsects of pharmacy practice that is well known to the public. Community pharmacies are also different from one another, so I wouldn't want to generalize. But from some of the feedbacks we do hear for pre-interns, some over-use and underpay, some do not pay IT students and we still have some that pay due diligence. So, it all depends on the community Pharmacy.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years from now?

I see myself being a successful pharmacist paving ways in the area of research. I also see myself being addressed as a Dr. already Lol. I see myself winning in the area of pharmacy practice I delve into and also encouraging younger colleagues. Then, I see myself married with kids too.

What's your perceptive of leadership?

Leadership is the ability to work together with team members to achieve a common goal or interest. In leadership, there should be a common goal we are all working to achieve. As a leader, one must be able to motivate your members and also extend listening ears to them. Leadership is different from ruling, in the sense that you are all working together to achieve something. No one is really above the other, but being appointed as a leader is just to guide other members, so that the purpose of the team can be achieved successfully. I see leadership as an aspect one has to build necessary skills on because a leader is not born but made.

Any words of advice to your younger colleagues?

My word of advice is to be determined and consistent. Also, do the right thing at the right time. It is also important to figure out yourself, your reading pattern, time you are most active and the likes. Just be yourself. Do not imitate others, rather do what suit you and what is best for you. Sometimes, things may not go as planned, but it is best not to give up. Also, it is important to commit everything to the hands of our creator. "Pray as much as you work hard."

Finally; who would you like to give your biggest shout-out to?

My biggest shout out goes to my parents (my No 1 support system),. My siblings, my Maryam hostel mates, my senior (Pharm. Roheemah), my classmates and to my best friends, Bello Yakub and Bankole Abdullah for being a great support system.

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Re: My Reading Culture - Rufai Basirat, UI Pharmacy Best Graduating Student by lkillbrokehoes: 10:45am On Feb 09, 2021
At least she's brainy unlike that brainless girl causing nuisance on this forum, same nuisance that had an extra year in school. Kudos busirat I wish you all the best

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Re: My Reading Culture - Rufai Basirat, UI Pharmacy Best Graduating Student by Bloomeverywhere: 11:14am On Feb 09, 2021
Nice one dear. May Allah make life easy for you.

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Re: My Reading Culture - Rufai Basirat, UI Pharmacy Best Graduating Student by meobizy: 12:36pm On Feb 09, 2021
Smallie. Look at her cute hands. I don old. To some Nairalanders, she is way older than their first born. Her mate no dey our household.

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Re: My Reading Culture - Rufai Basirat, UI Pharmacy Best Graduating Student by clockwisereport: 12:40pm On Feb 09, 2021
in someone's voice, the future is female

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Re: My Reading Culture - Rufai Basirat, UI Pharmacy Best Graduating Student by ayterajah(m): 3:16pm On Feb 09, 2021
Pls can I get her number asap.... She's definitely a wife material.... I mean I have work for her

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Re: My Reading Culture - Rufai Basirat, UI Pharmacy Best Graduating Student by Cerebellum: 3:27pm On Feb 09, 2021
A very great feat
weldone Lady.

But why do bloggers like reducing certain pple's age?

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Re: My Reading Culture - Rufai Basirat, UI Pharmacy Best Graduating Student by LordIsaac(m): 4:23pm On Feb 09, 2021
Admirable.
Re: My Reading Culture - Rufai Basirat, UI Pharmacy Best Graduating Student by Uyi168: 5:53pm On Feb 09, 2021
It's very common to see ladies topping their classes in pharmacy school.
Like, in my class for example, the first five best students are all ladies.
Almost a similar story for the other levels.

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Re: My Reading Culture - Rufai Basirat, UI Pharmacy Best Graduating Student by HitlerGaddafi: 9:20pm On Feb 09, 2021
When I was in the university too, most of the intelligent ones and scholars are these alhajas and teblik . Or all those alfas wey dey wear white cap. Those guys dey always sabi book die.

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Re: My Reading Culture - Rufai Basirat, UI Pharmacy Best Graduating Student by Reelz: 9:37pm On Feb 09, 2021
Good tidings to you. just don't get married off as a 3rd or 4th wife to one alhaji or mallam..

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Re: My Reading Culture - Rufai Basirat, UI Pharmacy Best Graduating Student by merieam16(f): 9:50pm On Feb 09, 2021
Nice 1
Re: My Reading Culture - Rufai Basirat, UI Pharmacy Best Graduating Student by samuelpeters(m): 6:04am On Feb 10, 2021
Uyi168:
It's very common to see ladies topping their classes in pharmacy school.
Like, in my class for example, the first five best students are all ladies.
Almost a similar story for the other levels.

Guys are always distracted!

How many guys would want to sit down and read when they know the future is not that Bright in Nigeria especially for them.

The best they can do is to engage in any side hustle and graduate with a fairly good results.

It's almost a norm in our Universities where the best are females and the guys are just hanging around.

©️2021.

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Re: My Reading Culture - Rufai Basirat, UI Pharmacy Best Graduating Student by paulolee(m): 6:19am On Feb 10, 2021
DTS normal..first class doesn't come easily...

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Re: My Reading Culture - Rufai Basirat, UI Pharmacy Best Graduating Student by femi4: 6:20am On Feb 10, 2021
Take her out of academics especially her course, she is useless

I don't like one-way student, they can be very boring.

Staying indoor doing same thing all day.....Boring life

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Re: My Reading Culture - Rufai Basirat, UI Pharmacy Best Graduating Student by VTJN(m): 7:17am On Feb 10, 2021
femi4:
Take her out of academics especially her course, she is useless

I don't like one-way student, they can be very boring.

Staying indoor doing same thing all day.....Boring life
she's the best and well known in one way, you're the least and seems you doesn't exist in your multitask way.

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Re: My Reading Culture - Rufai Basirat, UI Pharmacy Best Graduating Student by Uyi168: 7:46am On Feb 10, 2021
samuelpeters:

Guys are always distracted!

How many guys would want to sit down and read when they know the future is not that Bright in Nigeria especially for them.

The best they can do is to engage in any side hustle and graduate with a fairly good results.

It's almost a norm in our Universities where the best are females and the guys are just hanging around.

©️2021.
..
True talk.
The school sef don tire many guys..

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Re: My Reading Culture - Rufai Basirat, UI Pharmacy Best Graduating Student by buyhairs: 8:56am On Feb 10, 2021
Hustle oooo. The best graduating student in my set is selling beddings on whatsapp

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Re: My Reading Culture - Rufai Basirat, UI Pharmacy Best Graduating Student by joseph1832(m): 8:56am On Feb 10, 2021
Men what's happening. It seems after Ayodele Dada, we men have gone into the quest to look for money and do Yahoo Yahoo, some of us even do Yahoo Yahoo plus. The women are the ones conquering the books. grin cheesy

Na wa oh.

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Re: My Reading Culture - Rufai Basirat, UI Pharmacy Best Graduating Student by Uniquecool53: 8:56am On Feb 10, 2021
Hmmmm
Re: My Reading Culture - Rufai Basirat, UI Pharmacy Best Graduating Student by Midas01: 8:58am On Feb 10, 2021
You and your useless parents that raised a fool like you are all mad.
lkillbrokehoes:
At least she's brainy unlike that brainless girl causing nuisance on this forum, same nuisance that had an extra year in school. Kudos busirat I wish you all the best

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Re: My Reading Culture - Rufai Basirat, UI Pharmacy Best Graduating Student by Nairalandian(m): 8:59am On Feb 10, 2021
femi4:
Take her out of academics especially her course, she is useless

I don't like one-way student, they can be very boring.

Staying indoor doing same thing all day.....Boring life
Una must find nonsense to talk.
Congratulate her and move outta the thread

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Re: My Reading Culture - Rufai Basirat, UI Pharmacy Best Graduating Student by SenecaTheYonger: 8:59am On Feb 10, 2021
Most of these first class students are usually very disciplined and religious.

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Re: My Reading Culture - Rufai Basirat, UI Pharmacy Best Graduating Student by ybalogs(m): 9:00am On Feb 10, 2021
All the best in your future endeavours.

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Re: My Reading Culture - Rufai Basirat, UI Pharmacy Best Graduating Student by 4tomandchi: 9:01am On Feb 10, 2021
Beautiful girl fine brains God bless you and your family.

God bless Nigeria.

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Re: My Reading Culture - Rufai Basirat, UI Pharmacy Best Graduating Student by emmanuel596(m): 9:01am On Feb 10, 2021
This post wont get alot of views and comments because Nigerian youths hates education and educative stuffs

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Re: My Reading Culture - Rufai Basirat, UI Pharmacy Best Graduating Student by FalseProphet1(m): 9:05am On Feb 10, 2021
Uyi168:
It's very common to see ladies topping their classes in pharmacy school.
Like, in my class for example, the first five best students are all ladies.
Almost a similar story for the other levels.

The guys have gone into petty crime and Yahoo.
Re: My Reading Culture - Rufai Basirat, UI Pharmacy Best Graduating Student by Dreyton36: 9:05am On Feb 10, 2021
lkillbrokehoes:
At least she's brainy unlike that brainless girl causing nuisance on this forum, same nuisance that had an extra year in school. Kudos busirat I wish you all the best

Can't you just say congrats and go your way?
Stop always acting like a pussy nigha undecided always craving attention
Must you always find a way to insult and downgrade people with ur comments
That automatically makes you the nuisance here and not the person you're referring to mtcheeeew

Oya cancel my comment just as your village people have cancelled ur ability to make it in life undecided

Lights up my kpoli in peace

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