When 28-year-old Oyindamola Ajayi came to South Africa five years ago she did not see herself embarking on a PhD journey.
Penning an emotional tribute to her journey on her LinkedIn profile the, Ph.D. in corporate communications from the North West University, graduate says it’s almost unbelievable.
“My 3+ years doctoral journey officially came to an end on the 28th of May, 2021. It’s still almost unbelievable that I, Oyindamola Ajayi, have a PhD in corporate communications at 28 years old. 5 years ago, I absolutely didn’t see myself embarking on this journey and it’s funny to know how much we can achieve if we dare to push ourselves out of our comfort zone.”
The 28-year-old graduate says that her first year of the Ph.D. was so tough she resorted to lying and said she was in South Africa on vacation when asked why she was still in the country. Ajayi says she felt she didn’t want to have to explain in case she gave in to pressure and decided to quit.
“I remember lying to people that I was in South Africa for vacation anytime they asked why I was out of the country. Because the first year was so tough, I didn’t want to have to explain to many people just in case I gave into the pressure and decided to quit.
I had the most ‘low’ moments during this period, loads of self-discovery, but overall, a rewarding experience.
Thank you North West University. I’m glad this phase is officially over! Extremely hopeful for the future.”