One of my plans for 2019 at the end of the previous year was to prepare and take Standardized tests and complete other requirements I would need to secure a scholarship for my postgraduate studies by the middle of the year. At the time, I limited my scope to getting a masters offer in exploration geoscience.
I got into the year (2019) all geared up and I began intense preparations in believe that I would raise the funds that I need for the exams (GRE and TOEFL). Funny enough, days turned into weeks and into months and the needed funds weren’t fort coming. I couldn’t even dare trouble my parents whom have trolled really hard to put me through college. I was almost losing it. Just then, I was flipping through the social media (LinkedIn, Facebook and others) looking for PG opportunities that probably didn’t require GRE and TOEFL as I was already skeptical.
On one of the searches, I discovered a call for highly motivated Nigerian Graduates interested in pursing a graduate study abroad especially in the US and are ready to write the required exams but are constraint by finance to apply to take their GRE on the initiative. I couldn’t contain my joy as I dived into the requirements and started to prepare my application.
I was opportune to make it to the list of Sponsored students. I couldn’t contain my joy on the news of this, but I didn’t let the excitement overtake me as I knew the reward for making it was more work.
Fast forward, I was later identified to be sponsored for TOEFL along the line. It was a full package, full sponsorship and support (Moral and Mentorship from experienced minds that have gone through the process). The initiative took our success as theirs and motivated us to be better providing necessary resources that we needed.
One of the interesting things about ISI was the fact that they allowed us make the decisions and only advised on how to approach the process.
I am forever grateful to Victor Ogunmola, Dr Femi Akasan, Dr Giwa, Dr Ifeanyi Obi, Mr Demola Lanisa and other sponsors for the opportunity to be part of this family of progressive minds.
BIO: David Nworie is a recent graduate of Geology and Exploration Geophysics from Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki. He is a serial volunteer and an SDG advocate. He is passionate about Geoscience and engages in community development initiatives. He is currently a Coach and Mentor to Highschool and Undergraduate students through the SPE Ambassador Lecturer Program. He is an active member and Volunteer for NAPE, SPE, NMGS, , PAIGAS, AAPG and EAGE.
He currently holds two PhD offers as well as one MSc offer – all in the USA. Also an MSc offer ftom King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia alongside 5 MSc. Offers from UK universities (Aberdeen, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool and Heriot-Watt).