Name: Cynthia Adaugo Mbajunwa
Campus: Yola Campus (First Class), Director General’s Prize for First Class Students; First Class, Law School Class of 1990 Friends’ Association Award for the Best Graduating Student from Yola campus.
University: University of Nigeria, Second Class Honours, Upper Division.
About: I graduated in the top 3% of my undergraduate class. I can be reached at Cynthiambajunwa@yahoo.com.
Sincerely, I’d do nothing different if I was resuming law school this year. God surrounded me with the right crowd both in mentorship and friendship. I remember being extremely sad- I cried for about 2 hours straight after seeing my posting and I barely slept that night.
Thankfully, I had a mentor who understands the Word of God above feelings. God used him to give me hope and direction for law school. He gave me an anchor scripture that kept me focused and determined. We conquered the fear of law school long before I arrived there. Yola made it easier- I kept saying that I probably wouldn’t have coped on any other campus. I met the best set of people from day one and it was ease all through. Mostly.
I probably should have easily accepted my posting. I spent most of the 1st term living in fear. I didn’t want to leave the campus at all. So right now, my only regret is having a list of places I didn’t visit in Yola.
Prior to law school, my academic mentor told me that the law school journey is first won in the mind. He was very right. For the next nine months, you will have the bar finals hanging over your head like a pendulum. You can choose to either view the bar finals from victory or from fear. I’d advise anyone to let go of the fear. It is just an exam. Trust and enjoy the process of law school.
I know people say “do what works for you” a lot. But it really cannot be overemphasized. Personally, I knew forming notes was an exercise in futility. And I stuck to my pattern of not forming notes even before I arrived in Law School. I used to randomly skim through this website for testimonies of people who did not form notes in law but made a 1st class. I needed to know it was not impossible and tried to steady my mind ahead of time. I had their testimonies bookmarked on my phone for easy access. This is because in law school, it’s easy for you to lose focus on your path and try to do what everyone else is doing- form notes, pull all nighters, read for extended periods of time without breaks etc.
It’s easy to get intimidated; realizing you may not be the best in the room, and that even if you are, almost everyone else is working towards the same goal. Don’t make the mistake of counting yourself off as mere statistics. Don’t sell yourself short. Do what works for you but do it in the best way. Surround yourself with people on the same path- I had the best roommates in law school. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from anyone. Don’t be afraid to offer help to anyone. Use every opportunity to learn. Stand firm on your path and keep declaring God’s Word over your life. My goal was a First Class from day one. I knew that a 2.1 wouldn’t just cut it. So when people declared for 2.1 at least- I was declaring and praying for a 1st class at least. Because I wanted a 1st class and a prize. And God honoured His Word.