Zainab Bashir has recorded a first in the Physics Department of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto (UDUS). She scored a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.87 – the highest ever in the history of the department.
The 21-year-old, an indigene of Katsina, said in an interview with CampusLife that her ambition was to study medicine. However, she was offered Physics, which she was very good in while in secondary school. She fell in love with it and with God’s help, made the best of it.
“My first choice was to study Medicine and Surgery but then, Almighty Allah guided me to the potential in me which I did not realise before.
“Physics in secondary school was such a nice subject to me that I had no fear of approaching its calculations and it was always my best science subject. So I regard what happened with my jamb score as a blessing in disguise. Alhamdulillah! Since the time I lost my first choice I groomed my ambition to have this class of degree,” she said.
Zainab hopes to work in her field, saying: “And this is not the end of my dream as I hope to pursue the brightful colours of my career In Shaa Allah!”
She explained that the advice of her father and the mindset of never giving up spurred her to chase such a tremendous feat –though she was discouraged by many others.
When asked whether she had ever been discouraged by failure, she said she never experienced such except in her final year project, where she got a C despite her hard work and dedication. She recorded only As or Bs in all her other subjects.
Throughout her studentship, Zainab said she never engaged in popular style of reading among students called TDB (Till Day Break). She said she read during the day in class and library, and before she slept at her home in Sokoto where she lived with her parents.
“Reading is not about how long but how well. It is just about making plans and using time judiciously. So I made plans and used the day to study at home or at the school library. I have never done what we students call TDB,” she said.
Zainab also explained that attending school from home rather than being resident on campus never hampered her academic pursuit because her parents understood.
“I have never thought of going to hostel because my mother understood my situation. So whenever it is exam period she just gives me a small portion of work although the issue of short notice lectures and practicals were also a challenge,” she said.
As a beautiful young lady, Zainab said she was able to avoid distractions from the opposite sex because she was already engaged. She said she was diplomatic in dealing with boys and prioritised her studies above all else.
Apart from watching drama and chatting with friends, Zainab said she did not engage in any other extra-curricular activity.
After graduation, Zainab said she hopes to get married and become a teacher/lecturer who will impact knowledge on young minds.
She advised students to focus on their studies and to set their priorities right.
“Set your goals and keep focused. Always be dedicated and let prayers be your weapon. Anything can be achieved. Nothing is impossible with the will of Allah,” she said.