Today, I have the pleasure of introducing you all to Olanrewaju Omodara Sharon, a young and vibrant lady I connected with on Instagram a while ago. I was keen to feature her because she just has that kind of ambition you would love to learn from! Enjoy!
What is your name and what university did you attend?
My name is Olanrewaju Omodara Sharon and I attended the University of Ilorin, Kwara State.
What year did you graduate and what course did you offer?
I studied the English Arts and I graduated in 2017.
Briefly describe how your university life; any extracurricular activities you were involved, scholarships, awards/ honors etc.
So yeah, I started school with so much innocence, I’ll be seen bouncing around school with my big black school bag which was (for reasons I can’t fathom) always filled with books. I was always walking alone, go to night classes, go home every weekend (because home was also in Ilorin). I was a faithful student (the regular “we sent you to School to go and read your book” girl) until I realized my skills in poetry. I became a writer of some sort and wasn’t as serious about school work as I used to be anymore. I became passionate about writing, poetry and performing.
Based on your experience in university, do you regret going to university or did you regret at a point? If so why?
Looking back now, do I regret being passionate about my art? Naah. But do I think I could still have been serious about both my academics and my art at the same time, yeah? I remember how at my graduation period, I felt really low because I was going to be graduating with a second class lower. It was much painful because I knew I was smart enough to make a 2.1 and I was so close too. I wept my ass out but after that, I dusted myself as I slowly realized that at the end of it all, even those with the best results will also have to prove their worth; we’re all on this same competitive platform together.
Upon graduation, did you have any plans as to what your next move was? Could you please share?
After my graduation, I was hoping I’ll be able to have my National Youth Service Corp Scheme in Lagos State so as to begin the pursuit of my career as a Television presenter but that didn’t go through as planned so I found myself in Delta state. (Don’t ask me how it’s been.. I don’t want to start crying😁). However, I had also planned on starting my own YouTube show which would be called “The Straight from the Heart show”, this would be another platform for me to keep up with my T. V presenting career. So I began that immediately I got to Delta state.
Based on the answer from the question above, did these plans materialize in the short term or even long term? If it did what was the process like? If not, what happened? Did you have any backup plans?/ In the case where you faced rejections especially in applying for jobs etc, what effect did it have on your person? Care to share any experiences if you had one?
Allow me to talk about disappointments and rejections, allow me to talk about passion and death. Have I been disappointed before?… Oh yes! I am stuck in a state where there is ‘almost’ (Almost please) no form of my art (spoken word). It was a discouraging experience at first. To be in Lagos meant so much to me, it wasn’t about getting a big fat paying job or being popular. It was about being in a place I could grow and learn and live. And this is where I started learning lessons. God carefully taught me to make the best of every situation, TO LIVE THE MOMENT, the NOW and NOT to keep looking forward to better days for as we keep being expectant of better, the present time slips by; our very lives slip by. It is not a wise thing to think, “If I had gotten this or that, a better result or that particular job, then things would have been much different for me”
The time is now.
If you were to be that 18/19 year old going back to university, knowing what you know now (irrespective of how many years after university) what advice will you give yourself? Any advice to others?
If when I began school, I knew what I know now, I’ll focus more on my life passion which is my art than on ‘School’. I most probably will not even go to the University I attended, I might have gone to a television school or something. Also, I would push harder on my spoken word career, I’ll meet more people and make sure I put myself out even more than I did. Yup! In addition, I think I’ll be wiser enough to know how to manage both the career and the academics so I’ll come out with a better result (just because it actually is possible to come out with a better result even while chasing ones personal dreams).
With the current state of the job market, do you think in like 10 years time, universities will still have value? Especially with the rate at which many graduates end up being unemployed or young people prefer to start their businesses or train in apprenticeships?
Do you see how they have almost torn off all prestige from College of Educations and Polytechnics; it is slowly happening to the Universities. You finish with your first degree and the whole world is screaming that you should get your masters; not because you’re interested but just because the first degree means almost nothing anymore. It’s sad. And here is my advice;
CREATE WHAT YOU WANT
You want to become a T.V presenter, but they keep screaming there is no job right? Then use what you have: phones, social media accounts etc. You want to become a banker and no job yeah? Perhaps you should start working on owning your own bank. Do what you love to do. You won’t die. Don’t be pressured by the need to make money that you then waste your passion, dreams, and life.
What do you do now in terms of work or any other thing you are involved, care to share your social media handles so people could connect with you?
So what do I do now, as I have said before, I am a spoken word Artist. I put up spoken word skits on Instagram @iamsharonpaula and yeah! I run a YouTube show called “The straight from the heart show” on YouTube @iamsharonpaula. I am involved in acting and singing. A movie I acted in will be out soon! And while doing all these, You will find me still chasing my career of becoming a newscaster by taking up jobs with the media as a voice-over artist, volunteer, anything I’m led by God to do for this is my passion. Yes, it is.
Create What You Want! This reiterates a post I stumbled upon earlier this week. Nobody would hand opportunities to you just like that unless you start doing something, put yourself out there and then see what happens…Just don’t waste your talents and gifts!
This is EVERYTHING. You go, girl! The world ain’t seen nothing yet! Stay tuned for the next episode.