Sunday, 22 October 2017

300 Level Student Took Exam On Her Wedding Day In Her Bridal Gown

Photo of Dooshima Aondaver

A 300 level Economics student of Benue State University, Makurdi, Dooshima Aondaver became the talk of the town when she left her husband at their wedding reception to take an examination on their wedding day.

She wrote the examination with her wedding gown, her aim as a student was not to have carry over in the course. Read her response ehen she was asked the following questions.

WHEN DID YOU START PLANNING FOR YOUR WEDDING?

The whole thing started in 2016. That was when both of us, my husband and I decided to settle down as husband and wife. As a graduate of the same department, my husband understands everything very well, so we were working with the academic calendar. The wedding was supposed to come up in the first two weeks of the second semester of 300 level when there would not be much academic activities.

Unfortunately, the university had an internal crisis which led yo the closing down of the university for three months and when we resumed, we thought that the wedding would still hold after the examination but shortly after local strike was called off then came the national ASUU strike. We still thought that the strike would drag until after our wedding but lo and behold, the strike was suspended, all these changed the academic calendar.

BUT WHY DIDN'T YOU SHIFT THE WEDFING DATE?

There was no way we could have called off the wedding because all arrangement had gone far and families and friends from far and near had been informed. So it became extremely difficult to cancel it as many people from Lagos, Abuja and other places had been informed of the October 7 date. So calling off the wedding would have disrupted other programmes. At the time the national strike was called off, the time table for the exam was released

AT THE TIME THE TIME TABLE FOR YOUR EXAMS WAS RELEASED, WHAT EFFORTS DID YOU MAKE TO CONVINCE YOUR DEPARTMENT TO GIVE CONCESSION TO YOU?

The time table was released immediately the national strike was called off. Although I informed the department but they told me there was nothing they could do. They said since the time table was already out there was no time for me to lodge any official complaint. They said if that had happened before it came out, the department might have considered that. Again, the problem is that I was so busy making arrangement for my wedding. It was the same week that we did the traditional wedding, court marriage and church weddings. I decided to go ahead with the marriage and at the same time prepare for my examination.

WHAT WAS THE COURSE YOU DID THAT DAY WITH YOUR WEDDING GOWN ON?

International Economics and I did it well to the best of my knowledge.

HOW DID YOU COPE PREPARING FOR YOUR WEDDING AND YOUR EXAMINATION AT THE SAME TIME?

Actually, it was not easy for me. I tried to strike a balance by running around and at the same time reading for the examination, it was not easy at all but one thing that kept me going was the fact that I had made up my mind not to carry over any course because of my martiage. So, that decision was my soothing balm.

AT WHAT POINT DID YOU LEAVE THE WEDDING VENUE FOR THE EXAMINATION HALL?

We had concluded the church ceremony because the marriage was held at Good News Chapel, Benue State University. We were at the reception and shortly after we entered the venue, I had to excuse myself and the train and quietly sneak out, pretending to go to ease myself. Although a few of the bridal train are my course mates, so as I sneaked out so also my course mates who were in the bridal train. We all rushed down to take the exam.

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