Member’s Corner takes a closer look at D.I.S.S Alumni’s 150 members. This week features Adaeze Okonkwo, from Class of 2014.
How would you describe yourself?
I’m a quiet, shy and hardworking girl, who is always looking for opportunities to do better and achieve greatness.
What do you remember the most about your time as a student of Dority International Secondary School?
The extra lessons on Saturdays and evenings. Although I didn’t enjoy attending those extra lessons, I believe they contributed a lot to my success.
What are you studying at university?
I’m studying Nursing at Brandon University, Canada.
How did schooling in D.I.S.S help you cope as a foreign student in Canada?
The knowledge I acquired in Dority made a huge contribution to my academic success. D.I.S.S nurtured me into a responsible and brilliant student.
What motivates you to study hard?
The dream of becoming a graduate and a passion and determination to support people and improve their quality of life.
What is the biggest difference between Canada and Nigeria?
The standard of living in Canada is high and it is a safe and peaceful country where citizens and residents enjoy contented lives free from substantial hardship.
Where do you want to be in the next five years?
I plan to work for a few years as a nurse, then apply to a medical school where I can specialize in obstetrics and gynaecology.
Which issues or topics are you passionate about?
Maternal and child health.
Which of your achievements are you most proud of?
Getting into a nursing program in Canada.
If you had the chance to mentor a D.I.S.S student, what advice would you give him/her?
Study hard and embrace every opportunity with an open mind. It is okay to fail, but never fail to try. Keep persevering!
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