This AUN best graduating student is immaculata.


This is a student who set her eyes on a target and refused to be; distracted from it.

Immaculata Onuigbo on her graduation day  (Immaculata Onuigbo )

Immaculata Onuigbo is; one of the names the American University of Nigeria will have in its book of academic excellence.

As her name suggests, Immaculata graduated from the University with a clean, perfect CGPA of 3.99 as the best graduating student.


She’s got to be; celebrated and that is; why we went looking for her to tell us the secret, the challenges and what academic victory feels like.

Her academic brilliance and sound mind has earned her a well-deserved reward as she emerged the best graduating student from the American University of Nigeria.

This is; a student who set her eyes on a target and refused to be; distracted from it.

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“I have always seen academic excellence as an opportunity to not just get sterling grades, but also an opportunity to prepare for the future. On that note, I tried as much as possible to enjoy the learning process rather than see it as a burden.  started off by choosing Petroleum Chemistry because I enjoyed Chemistry while in secondary school.”

Here is; another thing Nigerian students can learn from this young lady

Time management was also another factor. I have come to understand that no matter how smart one is, if you can’t meet deadlines, you would still score in the same percentile as others who may not have understood the material well. So I decided to have a study plan in which I wrote down all tasks and allotted times to do them. It really helped because I had time to finish my work well, digested the knowledge and had time to review them before submitting them.

Yes, I wanted to come out with a first class as that would position me well for other future opportunities like scholarships and job competitiveness. Although being the best graduate was never consciously planned – I was lucky.

Immaculata Onuigbo
Immaculata Onuigbo  (Immaculata Onuigbo)

I have also had the opportunity to work on energy research with my lecturers in school. To me, this is; a huge opportunity because that has prepared me for graduate studies as I have gained skills on how to conduct a proper scientific-worthy journal research.

They were not exactly distractions, rather they were activities that help students balance academic life and social life. I attended some and they were quite fun.

I made a lot of great friends in school whose goals aligned with mine and we mutually learned from one another. So my friends were never a source of distraction.

But making first class can be; tough and Immaculate have her own share of this tough experience.

It was not so easy actually. In the AUN grading system, A starts from 93% so you can see how much one has to put in to make an A. Good thing was that the weighting of the final grade was divided into various sections. There was some marks for attendance (5%), Tests 1 & 2 (25 -30%), research paper (10%), research paper class presentation (10%) and the final examination (35-40%). So doing well in each of the subsets would definitely help push you to an A.  However in federal schools, there is; usually a large weighting on the final which makes it a bit different and sometimes more overwhelming for students.

Immaculata Onuigbo
Immaculata Onuigbo  (Immaculata Onuigbo)

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