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Reading: Seven years of academic turbulence: University graduate narrates his Constrains.
Reading: Seven years of academic turbulence: University graduate narrates his Constrains.

Seven years of academic turbulence: University graduate narrates his Constrains.

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Seven years of academic turbulence: University graduate narrates his Constrains.
Seven years of academic turbulence: University graduate narrates his Constrains.

A university graduate, Alhassan Drammeh’s story is one of determination, perseverance, and a never-give-up attitude that led him to overcome obstacles and achieve his dream of obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science with Honors from the University of The Gambia.

In his Facebook post, Alhassan shared his struggles and challenges during his seven-year journey at UTG, which began in 2016. He started his academic journey at the university in a financially unstable state, which made it hard for him to pay his tuition fees. He was so broke on his first day of class that he had to walk from Serrekunda to Brikama Campus to attend lectures and return home on foot. On some better days, he was able to ride his bicycle to attend lectures.

Alhassan’s challenges didn’t stop there. He wrote almost all his exams while glancing over his shoulder to see if the invigilator was going to throw him out for not paying his tuition fee. His batch mates went for their Masters and came back, but he was still struggling to graduate.

However, Alhassan never lost sight of his dreams, and it was out of sheer determination that he came this far to obtain his degree. He never gave up, and his hard work and resilience paid off in the end.

Alhassan’s story is an inspiration to many who face similar challenges in their academic journeys. He proved that even though the journey may be tough, it is possible to overcome obstacles and achieve one’s dreams through hard work, determination, and resilience.

Alhassan acknowledged the support he received from his family and friends, who had his back throughout his academic journey. He also expressed his gratitude to Emmanuel Hassan, a faculty officer at UTG, for his support and encouragement.

Alhassan’s message to others is clear – never stop moving or believing in your dreams, no matter the challenges. He urges others to keep pushing and never give up. “If you can’t run, jog. If you can’t jog, walk. If you can’t walk, crawl. If you can’t crawl, roll. Whatever you do, never stop moving or believing in your dreams.”

In conclusion, Alhassan’s story is a reminder that hard work, determination, and resilience can help one overcome any obstacle, no matter how daunting it may seem. His story is a source of inspiration for those who may be struggling to achieve their academic goals. It shows that with faith, determination, and the right attitude, anything is possible.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.