Faliliat Alabi shares inspirational speech at City’s virtual 2020 summer graduation celebrations
Falilat Olubunmi Alabi was the featured student speaker (representing the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering) during City, University of London’s online summer graduation celebrations on August 6th 2020.
She graduated with an MSc in Information Science from the Department of Library and Information Science (CityLis).
The thought of returning to higher education after more than two decades felt like a steep learning curve for Falilat, but course director Dr Lyn Robinson's presentation at an Open Evening event gave her the impetus to embark on her studies at City:
“Having gained my first degree in Nigeria some 25 years ago, starting a master’s degree in the UK felt like beginning kindergarten. I fell in love with City the moment I attended the Postgraduate Open Evening in February 2017 where course director, Dr Lyn Robinson, delivered her presentation on studying Library and Information Science. I immediately signed up for the ‘practice lecture’ to have a taster session of studying at City.”
Despite several challenges, including being a mature student in full-time employment with family responsibilities, Falilat’s perseverance and determination were crucial to her success:
Pursuing a second degree has not been all rosy: a career woman with a full-time job and having a family with three teenage children. I am greatly indebted to my dear husband for his unflinching support which included sometimes staying up with me late into the night to meet the deadlines for my coursework. My belief is that you can be whatever you want to be with perseverance and determination. More so, if you have the right support from family and friends, you can achieve your full potential despite all odds.
Completing her degree during the COVID-19 pandemic, Falilat says she never imagined a time in her life, “when social engagements would be discouraged in order to stay alive”.
She says the flip side of this has been that her digital abilities “have no doubt improved because of the increase in virtual events - a product of social distancing.”