INTERVIEW: TREADING THE RIGHT PATHS (II)

Author: 
Hameedah Ganiyu-Abideen
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Again, in our search for students whose excellence are exemplary, we found another epitome of versatility. Abdusalaam Oladapo, the founder of a creative design firm- Sàlámì,  is the National President of the Association of Muslim Engineers, Technologists and Technicians - Students Affiliates. In this interview, he takes us through his academic, leadership and entrepreneurial sojourns- the tricks, hopes and strokes. 
 
Adh-Dhikr Press: 
Sir, tell us about yourself. 
 
Abdusalam Oladapo
I am Abdusalam Oladapo, a final year student of the Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Technology.
 
I am the first child of a family of four children. I attended Ummul Qura High School for my junior secondary school education and the prestigious Wesley College of Science for my Senior Secondary School Education before proceeding to the University of Ibadan
 
Two sessions ago, I was the Assistant General Secretary of my faculty and the Librarian of MSSNUI. I have also served as the MSSNUI Assistant Coordinator of my faculty before proceeding to my current role as the Director of Studies of MSSNUI.
 
Also, I double as the National President of the Association of Muslim Engineers, Technologists and Technicians - Students Affiliates.
 
To cap it all, I am the founder of a creative design firm, Sàlámì. I am passionate about Civil Engineering Consultancy, graphics design, app development and using computer softwares to Ease tasks.
 
Adh-Dhikr Press:
Wow, interesting. From all the experiences you have garnered, what advice would you give someone willing to take same steps as you do?
 
Abdusalam Oladapo:
Have a well-written and feasible plan. I believe so much in having a plan, hoping for the best and making constant communication with Allah SWT.
 
Adh-Dhikr Press:
Maa Shaa Allah. What's the most difficult challenge you faced and how did you overcome it?
 
Abdusalam Oladapo:
Life comes with its own challenges in different ways. Although, I can't wrap my head around anyone at the moment, but I've had moments where I'm confused and dumbfounded about the next phase of life or to get some task done or even to strive harder for a cause. My resort is Allah (SWT) and I am grateful to my parents, siblings, mentors (Mr Abdulmateen Adebiyi and Mr Abdulmalik Abdusalam) and my friends Jubril and Toyeeb.
 
 
Adh-Dhikr Press:
There is always a particular difficult course that everyone fears , how did you tackle it?
 
Abdusalam Oladapo:
There are some hypes around some courses in UI, most especially 100L courses like CHE156, PHY102 and 200L courses like MAT 241. I am a very optimistic fellow. When some people sees a half-empty cup, I see a half-full cup with an ability to take more fluid. I believe some people have gotten high scores in the course a whole lot of time and I assure myself that I can also get a high grade. I filter out the negativities and focus on the positives.
 
 
Adh-Dhikr Press:
If you could go back in time, which areas would you want to improve on?
 
Abdusalam Oladapo:
I try to enjoy every moment to the fullest.
 
If I were to go back, I would focus more on the deen, personal development, pick up some skills, drop some habits etc.. But if wishes were horses, beggars would ride. I thank Allah azza wá jal for the gift of life.
 
Adh-Dhikr Press:
What motivates you to keep going despite all odds?
 
Abdusalam Oladapo:
The sacrifices of the past, the potentials of the future and the support of family and friends.
 
Adh-Dhikr Press:
A good number of students focus on academics only, what is your reason for combining academics and extracurricular activities?
 
Abdusalam Oladapo: 
UI graduates a lot of students with very good academic standing annually. Give or take, UI produces more than 200 first class students every year. That's quite a huge number of students. So, one must strive hard to be distinct and that is where your genre of extracurriculars come in. It can be sports, Entrepreneurship, public speaking, volunteering etc.
 
 
Adh-Dhikr Press:
How has UI impacted your life positively?
 
Abdusalam Oladapo 
I see schools especially UI, more as an avenue for networking, knowledge sharing, community building, leadership training and other opportunities that follows much more than what was taught within the four walls of the classroom. It has afforded me the opportunities to serve in some posts, allowed me access some internship opportunities, allowed me to meet and interact with some important personalities, build some hard and soft skills and expose me to happening in a wider perspective.
 
Adh-Dhikr Press:
Do you have a mentor?
 
Abdusalam Oladapo:
Yes. One of the foremost scientists, Isaac Newton once wrote “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants”. I have mentors in many spheres of life. They have afforded me their shoulders to stand upon and I applaud them for their immense contribution to my growth.
 
Adh-Dhikr Press:
Inspiring....What is your input on seeking and adhering to advice from juniors?
 
Abdusalam Oladapo:
don't believe people to be inferior to me. I listen to anyone with rapt attention.
 
Even the Prophet SAW listen and acted upon the advise of Salman Al Farisi to dig trenches around Medina to prevent the incursion of the Kufars to Medina during the battle of Khandaq.
 
Looking at it, the most sincere of advice comes from people who are juniors. They have a pure and unadulterated view of thing, unstained by exceptions that comes with experiences
 
Adh-Dhikr Press:
Which one do you prefer:  group reading  and discussions, or reading on your own?
 
Abdusalam Oladapo:
I rarely read in groups.
 
Adh-Dhikr Press:
What advice would you give someone who wants to study your course?
 
Abdusalam Oladapo:
Be open to learning, internship, personal development and networking to complement what you are learning in class. Engineering is much more than dy/dx
 
Adh-Dhikr Press:
How do you see postponing reading to examination period?
 
Abdusalam Oladapo:
It depends on the personality of the reader and the nature of the course in question. Some people can wait till exam period and ace the exam while some people have to start reading weeks before the exam begins. Same thing applies to the courses. Like we say, 'different strokes for different folks'.
 
And about my opinion on the subject matter, it is something that I won't encourage. Sometimes, surprises happens and your 'fire brigade approach to learning' won't save you.
 
Reading ahead of classes, test and examination helps to reinforce whatever is being learnt in class and makes you more inquisitive and participate actively during classes. Also, the knowledge gotten within the four walls of the classroom can be beneficial in the industry, so we should not take exams alone as test of whatever was learnt in school.
 
Adh-Dhikr Press:
What method do you stick to in order to spank your exams?
 
Abdusalam Oladapo:
Like I said, different strokes for different folks.
I try to study my lecturers, his/her personality will resonate with the type of question that he brings. I ask questions about the course from my seniors and read smart. I'm not much of a spanker though.
 
Adh-Dhikr Press:
Do you believe in vigorous reading?
 
Abdusalam Oladapo: 
Not so much.
I do a lot of extracurriculars so I don't read vigorously but whatever I read, I make it count. And I try as much as possible to understand some concepts in some courses and I'm not a good crammer.
 
Adh-Dhikr Press:
Maa Shaa Allah... .Hard work or talent, which has contributed to the most to your achievement?
 
Abdusalam Oladapo:
I've never separated them and examine their effects. But if I were to go for one, I'll say talent. I can be lazy for weeks.
 
Adh-Dhikr Press:
And lastly, In what areas would you like UI to improve your department and faculty as a whole?
 
Abdusalam Oladapo:
The incursion of Engineers into IT and other spheres of life is alarming. Young people wants to get things done easier and faster. I think technology should be taught and incorporated into Engineering in proper.
 
Adh-Dhikr Press:
JazaakaLlaahu khayran sir. We really appreciate your time. We wish you all the best in this life and the heareafter. 

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