On November 23, President Ensign addressed 20 senior secondary students of Deeper Life High School at the library auditorium.
The President said that if they are concerned citizens of Nigeria who are yearning for the progress of their country, they should considerhaving their first degree in the country. At AUN, she told them, they will understand the challenges that are faced by their country through participating in different community service classes and programs that AUN organizes.
Dr. Ensign said the University exposes students to these problems to better prepare them to lead the country when they become ready. She said Nigeria is rapidly growing and will become the third most populous country in the world by 2045. The huge challenge is having leaders who will address problems such as those in education, health, and other sectors. “At AUN we will train you to acquire the knowledge, skills, and confidence to go solve these problems.”
Senior Vice President Byron Bullock said AUN produces well-rounded students. He explained how learning happens across the campus at AUN for all students whether they are in the classroom or out of class. He said the Student Affairs Office has put together a lot of different programs that ensure students are active and engaged. Some of them include the Emerging Leaders Academy, Campus Activities Board, and leadership seminars and workshops. “We want to make sure you have many opportunities to develop yourself so that you can be the young people who are prepared to go to the best graduate schools.”
President of the SGA Abdulrahman Bappullo told the students that his dream, even after he arrived at AUN, was to travel abroad for his undergraduate education, but after spending a semester here he changed his mind. He said the AUN experience has provided him with numerous opportunities that have enriched his life. He told them that the environment is very conducive for learning, with a 24-hour electricity and internet availability. “AUN is abroad enough. Here, you will study at home and feel abroad.”
By Omorogbe Omorogiuwa