Serena Omo-Lamai got a record-setting 13 offers from universities in the United States of America and Canada.
According to Punch, the 17-year-old who graduated from Dowen College in Lekki, Lagos, was offered admissions from institutions like Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, New York University, Syracuse University, among others. The student finally opted to study Bio-Medical Engineering at Syracuse University, explaining that the school has an excellent research laboratory, plus she was given a $51,000 scholarship offer.
In her chat with Punch yesterday, Omo-Lamai said:
“I feel very honoured and I feel it is an opportunity to work harder. I know that I have to justify the offer. I chose Syracuse University because it has a very good research lab and the offer came with $51,000 scholarship. I have always loved Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Geography.
“My hope is to study medicine for a second degree, but I would love to be a medical engineer. Most of the medical equipment in the country are imported and I would like a situation where medical equipment is manufactured here in Nigeria.
“My parents are my role models, but I am also inspired by anyone who is hard working, anyone who puts so much efforts into what they do.”
In their statement, the Vice-Principal of Dowen College, Mr. Muraina Olusesi, revealed that Omo-Lamai was the valedictorian of the school last year. He said:
“Alumni students of the school have continued to show the stuff they are made of in the world of academic excellence. Serena Omo-Lamai was our best graduating pupil in the 2014/2015 academic session and she has done it again.
“She secured admission to 13 universities across the globe, but she has settled for Syracuse University where she signed up to read Bio-Medical Engineering, with an annual scholarship of $51,000.
“Also, Daniel Obaseyi Buraimo, Class of 2010, graduated with First Class honours degree in Computer Science from the University of San Francisco, California, USA. According to the university, he is the first Nigerian to attain this height.”
This brings to mind the Nigeria-born teenager, Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, who received acceptance letters from 8 of the 12 Ivy League Schools she applied to. She was spoiled for choices, but eventually accepted Harvard.
And Omo-Lamai’s feat has prompted celebrations on social media.
“Who are those advising U to send UR kids to cheap Naija schools? Serena Omo- Lamai of Dowen College Lekki just gained admission to 13 US unis,” Twitter user Iby Abu said.