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The Unknown Series: With David Osaluka
The unknown series: David Osaluka

The Unknown Series: With David Osaluka

Post Series: final year

MORONFOLU OLUFUNKE: Good evening David, My name is Olufunke and welcome to the Unknown Series.

Could you please introduce yourself?

DAVID OSALUKA: My name is David Osaluka, I come from a family of five (my parents and three children).

I am a student of University of Benin. I’m studying industrial Chemistry and currently in my finals.

Unknown series: David Osaluka

David Osaluka

MORONFOLU OLUFUNKE: There is this crazy phobia among Students for Chemistry and you studying it means you have to be a boss.

Which brings me to the question of what prompted you to choose Industrial Chemistry?

DAVID OSALUKA: Well, I started liking Chemistry in my SS2, I remember my Chemistry teacher then was studying Industrial Chemistry (He was still in school).

He came one day and was giving orientation about industrial chemistry. What he said got to me and I became interested in it, so here I am.

MORONFOLU OLUFUNKE: How was integrating into the university for you? Were you among the ones who got carried away by the freedom? Were you bullied?

DAVID OSALUKA: My clearance was hitch-free, but hostel life was another ball game entirely.

My first time in the hostel I dropped my box and before I came back someone already put the box inside the water and placed his legs on it. The next day someone had cut my sponge into two.

Two weeks later, my phone was stolen. As if that was not enough, it was really frustrating and I wanted to run away

MORONFOLU OLUFUNKE: Hahahaha. So, how has Chemistry been for you?

DAVID OSALUKA: It has been good, bad, major stress and I am just trying to push through.

Majorly Chemistry is stressful, but the good part of it are your friends – friends who are present throughout the bad and stressful time, that really makes the whole thing bearable.

The bad times have always been aggravated by lecturers and strike.

In my300level, the non-academic staff went on strike and Chemistry was greatly affected, we couldn’t have any practical and everything was alternative to practical

It was a nightmare.

MORONFOLU OLUFUNKE: How have you been balancing academics and social life? Does your effort equal the results you get?

DAVID OSALUKA: Yes, my efforts equal my results.

Most times people say your results reflects how much you work, but that isn’t applicable in Chemistry.

Chemistry is all about working smart.

In my first year, the first friend I had showed me his CHM111 textbook and he told me he was done with everything, although this textbook was meant for both semesters.

Yet, I hadn’t opened it, I was scared and shocked that people finish textbooks in the university.

It will shock you to know that I did not finish the textbook for the first semester yet I got an A.

You need to read with purpose and direction not just spending the whole day reading.

MORONFOLU OLUFUNKE: What is your routine like in school? Do you have any social life?

DAVID OSALUKA: It is just the normal stuff – from hostel to class, to the library and then “Buka” and Church sometimes.

Chemistry has restricted me from having a social life.

MORONFOLU OLUFUNKE: Apart from your books, are there other things you are engaged in, in school?

DAVID OSALUKA: I am just a forex trader, and that takes a lot of time because I’ll have to analyze and all.

MORONFOLU OLUFUNKE: How has final year being for you?

DAVID OSALUKA: I’ll just say final year is an illusion. We approached final year thinking the workload actually reduces, but it is actually the opposite.

There are fewer courses at this level but the workload is much we just have to try as much as possible not to come back for an extra year.

Everything we do is multiplied – the efforts and the reading.

MORONFOLU OLUFUNKE: Are you scared of what lies ahead?

DAVID OSALUKA: Sometimes I try not to think about it, but I am actually scared.

I have been looking forward to graduating from UNIBEN since I was in 100level, but i get more scared as the time draws nearer.

MORONFOLU OLUFUNKE: What are your plans for life after school?

DAVID OSALUKA: I’ll go for my Masters degree no doubt, but I’ll venture into Business and full time forex trading.

I intend to work for a while to gather enough capital, to start a business.

But everything will end in full time forex trading, full time market strategy, full time analysis.

MORONFOLU OLUFUNKE: You talked about getting a Masters degree, have you given any thought to what you would study for your masters?

DAVID OSALUKA: Yes I have, it will be in Environmental Chemistry.

MORONFOLU OLUFUNKE: I had a feeling you would say that anyway, but why Environmental Chemistry?

DAVID OSALUKA: I actually like it and Environmental Chemistry is the interesting part of Chemistry.

It is about everything you are seeing. It is basically about fixing the world’s problem.

MORONFOLU OLUFUNKE: Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

I will definitely check up on you in the next five years to see how far you’ve gone with achieving everything you will be saying right now.

DAVID OSALUKA: Like I said earlier, I will be going into fulltime forex trading.

In the next five years I see myself being fully experienced in the market and venturing into other investments like stocks, bonds, real estate and all.

I see myself basically dealing with everything related to economy.

In short I see myself as a successful fulltime forex trader and totally ‘blown”

MORONFOLU OLUFUNKE: You talked about being a forex trader fulltime, so why get a Masters Degree then?

It doesn’t look like you have any plan to work with it so why bother about it?

DAVID OSALUKA: I am only getting the degree for getting sake, even my Bachelor’s Degree is just for getting sake.

All my plans have nothing whatsoever to do with Industrial Chemistry.

MORONFOLU OLUFUNKE: Hmmm, if your degree is all about getting it for getting sake, why bother about coming back for an extra year?

Earlier you talked about going to the library, don’t you think you don’t really have to study that hard?

DAVID OSALUKA: I believe that anything worth doing is worth doing well.

I can’t imagine getting a degree I won’t be proud of just because I think I won’t be using it.

Basically, Education is everything in Nigeria.

People with business ideas or creativity are not considered or listened to just because they have no degree or with no good degree.

People with no degree who have made astonishing feats are celebrated for a while and within months they are forgotten because of the importance placed on University certificate.

So even when you aren’t doing what you studied, the fact that you have a degree gives you relevance to an extent.

MORONFOLU OLUFUNKE: Tell me about your greatest mistake in school.

DAVID OSALUKA: Hmmm, I guess that was my 100level second semester, I went to class for like 10 times throughout the semester.

It was like I lost interest in school, I was not partying or anything, I was just sleeping in the hostel.

I ceased being a student for a whole semester and before I knew it, it was time for my exams.

My 100level second semester GP was really bad and I had to work double in 200level to make up for it.

MORONFOLU OLUFUNKE: What lesson have you learnt so far in school?

DAVID OSALUKA:  The major thing I have learnt in school is that, you can’t do it all on your own.

Two heads are better that one, you need friends, acquaintances and colleagues.

You should always be open to suggestionse even when you think you know everything and belive no one can tell you something new.

Remember that no man is an island.



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Folu Olufunke

Folu Olufunke is a writer, curriculum developer and an educationist. When she isn't scouting for the next juicy story to bring here, you'll find her neck deep in her books or advocating for quality education for all

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