The Honor Society of the American University of Nigeria, AUN, on Saturday held its first-ever retreat at the Robert Pastor Library to build camaraderie among its members and prepare outgoing members for life after the university.
Some of the guests at the event included the faculty advisors of Honor Society, Dr. Obioma Uche and Dean Reginald Braggs, former president of the Society and a faculty member in the School of Business & Entrepreneurship, SBE, Mr. Ifeatu Uzodinma, a faculty member in the School of Information Technology & Computing, SITC, Dr. Salihu Dasuki, and AUN Chief Information Officer and Assistant Vice President of Digital Services, Mr. Julius Ayuktabe.
Dean Braggs and Dr. Uche told the students the importance of scholarship, leadership, responsibility, and service, which are the four pillars of the Honor Society.
They emphasized the importance of adding value both in and outside of the classroom by acting as student leaders, and they conducted team-building exercises for the students, including brain-teasers and other mentally-stimulating activities.
Mr. Ayuktabe addressed the students on graduate schools and professional career development and advised them against being satisfied with success at the undergraduate level when they can aspire to greater things.
“The greatest tragedy in life is not to aim high and miss but to aim low and hit,” Ayuktabe said.
He also urged members of the Honor Society to always plan and stay focused: “A life lived well is life lived by design.”
Dr. Dasuki, who bagged a doctorate degree at the age of 25, encouraged the students to work hard, and to engage in networking in order to translate their undergraduate success into other facets of life.
“To be successful, you have to be consistent in what you’re doing,” he said.
Mr. Uzodinma told the students about his experiences as a member of AUN Honor Society, and encouraged them not to wait till graduation to start preparing for life after the university.
“By my second semester in AUN, I was already looking up graduate schools online,” he said.
The event closed with a vote of thanks from the Vice President of the Honor Society, Nneoma Emejuru, who thanked everyone for their contributions.
By Zamiyat Abubakar