The overall best graduating student of the Crawford University, Igbesa in Ogun State, Samuel Ogunlana, said he had to shun campus romance to attain the level of focus he needed to achieve his ambition for academic glory.
Ogunlana, who finished from the Department of Political Science, College of Business and Social Sciences with a CGPA of 4.94, told the News Agency of Nigeria he kept away from girls and avoided activities that might distract him from his set goals at the institution.
He said “I did not have a girlfriend all through my stay on campus because I always thought I might not be too committed to any relationship which might cause a distraction.
“My friends grumbled that I was too studious then and that I hardly socialised or had time for them. I also had a lot of complaints from my 100 level days.
“Many who did not understand me always complained that I was too studious and serious, some of my friends actually criticised me a lot.”
Ogunlana said that in spite of the criticism, he remained focused on his dream. But the journey through the university, he added, was not a smooth ride, considering the fact that his grandparents were solely responsible for his upbringing.
“I lost my dad at 10 years of age, and I was catered for and sponsored by my grandparents. Thank God, I am able to achieve all I ever wanted while in school,’’ he said.