The Jamb examination is a must for every individual who wants to enter higher institution in Nigeria. Its overall score is 400 and individual higher institutions are responsible for deciding what the cut off mark may be.
Admission into higher institution is a hard battle to win in Nigeria, with numerous tales of students settling for unwanted courses, staying at home for over 7 years while they consistently try to gain admission.
This week we will be interviewing Isioma Egwu, a recent graduate of Geography and Environmental Management from the University of Port-harcourt on how her jamb experience was.
What Schools did you apply for?
When applying for jamb I applied for UNIPORT, PTI warri and Auchi Polytechnic.
What Made you choose the school you attended?
Well I wrote my first Jamb in 2013, and I applied in University of Port Harcourt and Delta State University, but When the result came out, I realized that I didn’t meet the cut-off mark (200) of University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT). I bought change of course form and changed my school choice to River State University of Science and Technology. Despite that, I was still not given admission from both schools.
In 2014, I choose geology and I applied in Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), despite meeting the required cut-off mark, I was not given admission. I later gained admission to Ozoro polytechnic that year but my dad insisted that I should not give up on going to a university and write Jamb again.
Those encouraging words from my parents made me more determined than ever to gain admission in a university the next year. In 2015, I applied in University of Port Harcourt, Petroleum Training Institute, and Auchi Polytechnic. So at last I was admitted to the university of port Harcourt.
What inspired you to choose your discipline or course of study?
My initial choice like I said before was Geology because I love Earth sciences but when I was admitted I was given Geography and Environmental Management. I accepted their admission because it is a good school and they give admission on merit.
Did you attend any Jamb class?
Yes I enrolled in living star academy in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria for my Jamb classes.
How many times did you write Jamb?
I wrote jamb 3 times.
What was your POST-UTME experience?
My post-utme experience in UNIPORT was tough and it was a Computer Based Test(CBT). I was having issues with my computer when the exam was going on, but I managed to finish in time.
How was the clearance like in your school?
I only did physical clearance in my school and it was very stress-free. The only hardship I encountered during clearance was waiting for the doctors during medical after booking a date with them.
How did you feel on your first day in school?
I resumed school very late due to lack of funds and it was not easy searching for my course mates. I even had to attend classes with Education students because I didn’t want to waste the day.
What is your advice to Jambites?
My advice to every Jambite is to always focus on your dreams. It was my dream to go to the university that made me never give up on it, and my parents encouraged me to keep giving it my best.
Do not rely on a particular school always and try other schools because you can never tell God’s plan for you. If you aspiring to be a student of UNIPORT, please take note that the university is expensive, so that you can start making adequate financial preparation as soon as possible.
Did you get the right motivation while reading for Jamb? Are you looking for the right motivation? We are here for you and we’d love to share your Jamb story; send us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org