How I Succeeded: Cynthia Who Had All “As” In WAEC Reveals
Chinecherem Cynthia Ali achieved fit deemed nearly impossible for teenagers of her level.
The beautiful and bright student of Shalom Academy, who hails from Nsukka, Enugu state trended over the internet with her historic success at the 2015/2016 West African Senior School Certificate Examination where she bagged all “As.”
In this interview with the Punch, she revealed the secrets to her success, part of which were her dedication to studies and distance away from material things like technology gadgets that get students of the new age of focus.
When asked, “you became the first pupil in your school to earn A grade in all the subjects you sat for in WASSCE. What motivated you to achieve the feat?”
She answered: “While I was in school, my priority was to make a wonderful result. I had clarity of purpose in what I wanted to achieve. My elder brother was the chief motivator. He made six As in his WASSCE last year. He told me I could do better than he did. He planted that goal to surpass his feat in me. Whenever I had a problem with my studies, he was always around to help me out. He practically taught me the techniques to excel in the subjects. He prepared my mind about the syllabus in SS3, who the teachers were and what would enable me to get the best from each of them.
“He told me I needed to put in extra efforts in whatever I was doing. On my first day in school, when I got to SS1, my chemistry teacher called me and told me certain things about my goal. He told me no one had ever made nine As in the school. He said he heard an inner voice that I could break the record. I was just laughing when he told me. I had a note which I titled, “My future WASSCE results.”
“I wrote down my results on the note, filling As across all the subjects I was to sit for. I prayed to God to help me achieve the goal. My friends who saw the note said I was going crazy. But I told God to help me. Another teacher that helped me a great deal was my biology teacher. She prepared a study timetable for me to follow. She told me to study at least two hours at a stretch. The two teachers (chemistry and biology) told me my goal was achievable.”