It is the dream of every student to travel beyond boarders and experience the details of their subject matter cum courses elsewhere. It is no gain-say that engaging in such adventures result in improved learning outcomes.
Richard Adeleke, a 500-level student of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ibadan, has been selected by the Baker Institute for Animal Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA, to participate as a scholar in the 2020 Cornell Leadership Program for Veterinary Students. Cornell University is consistently listed in the top 20 research Universities in the world and consistently ranked as a leading veterinary college by US News & World Report.
The Leadership Program for Veterinary Students at Cornell University is a unique summer research experience for veterinary students who seek to broadly influence the veterinary profession through a science-based career. Programme participants receive a scholarship that will enable them to spend ten weeks at Cornell during the summer. Program benefits include: a minimum of $5,000 stipend (subject to U.S. income tax); subsidized in-residence housing, ($1,300); a registration fee ($400); and other programme costs ($1,800).
Excellence and brilliance do not come by luck; they are forged from persistent commitments, honest toil and a strong will to break all barriers. In a bid to preach diligence and positivism, The Transverse’s Sheriff Badmus had an interview with Richard Adeleke about his recent feat. Enjoy the excerpts:
The Transverse: The Vice Chancellor of University of Ibadan, Prof. Abel Idowu Olayinka on 17th February 2020 congratulated you, the Dean and the entire Faculty of Veterinary Medicine on your selection to participate as a scholar in the 2020 Cornell Leadership Program for Veterinary Students via his Facebook account. Since then the news of your excellence has taken the air agog. Can we please meet you, sir?
Richard: Thank you. I’m Richard Adeleke, a 500-levelstudent, department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ibadan.
The Transverse: Some reports have it that you bagged distinctions at the preclinical and para clinical levels of your study. Can we know about your track of academic excellence so far?
Richard: That’s true. Got distinctions in veterinary anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and microbiology.
The Transverse: What about your SSCE, UTME and Post UTME?
Richard vet: I also did well in those exams.
The Transverse: It is expected that excellence has its roots from interest. What initiated your interest in Veterinary Medicine and what motivates you to study well?
Richard: Veterinary medicine is a very unique course. It deals with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases in animals. It also encompasses human health because some animal diseases are zoonotic and vice-versa. I’m basically interested in finding possible solutions to infectious diseases affecting both humans and animals thereby contribute to global health.
I always strive for excellence in all I do. I want to build a future that will make an impact. Also, being extraordinary is a huge advantage in this current world. Hard-work and consistency is a pathway to great success. In addition, making my parents proud is a driving force for me.
The Transverse: You mentioned hard-work and consistency, what proportion of your time do you dedicate to studying?
Richard: Well, it depends on the personal time I have to myself. Veterinary curriculum is filled up. There’s limited time. I use my night effectively by sleeping early and up later in the night to study. My weekend is also dedicated to studying.
The Transverse: In an achievement deemed to be the first of its type on the African soil, what was your reaction when you learnt that you’ve been selected to participate as a scholar in the 2020 Cornell Leadership Program for Veterinary Students?
Richard: Was so surprised. I actually read the offer letter repeatedly – filled with great excitement.
The Transverse: What are your expectations of the program?
Richard: I hope to acquire adequate knowledge and skills in the field of molecular medicine and how it can be translated to global health. The knowledge will be directed towards my future aspirations and also shared with my colleagues. There will be leadership training and career exploration. This will create a better version of me.
The Transverse: Where did you hail from and which schools did you attend?
Richard: Oyo State. Nesto college.
The Transverse: Looking back at your academic brilliance and excellence, who would you like to tell a ”thank you”?
Richard: A big appreciation goes to God, my teachers, friends and wonderful mentors who contribute positively toward my growth at all times. I can’t leave out my parents and siblings. Without their support and approval, I won’t be here.