MY BROWNITE EXPERIENCE: FEATURING OLUWADAMILOLA OLASENI, OUTGOING FINALIST AND PAST FEMALE AFFAIRS MINISTER OF ALEXANDER BROWN HALL.
– Eniayewun Derayo, ABH Press
Having been residents of the prestigious Alexander Brown Hall for a couple of years, the time of the graduating class of 2018 as Brownites gradually comes to an end. It is in times like this that we would really want to know the beauty of being a Brownite and all the title can afford.
This is an interview of Miss Oluwadamilola Olaseni, a member of the graduating class of 2018..
Q: Could you introduce yourself and your and your activities as a Brownite?
A: I am Oluwadamilola Olaseni I’m a goal driven, diligent and passionate individual who is a believer of constant self development and learning. I’m no longer active in the hall because I’m leaving but I was involved in a quite a number of activities during my stay. I served in committees before I became the Female Affairs Minister of the Hall which challenged me to seek platforms to defend positions on matters of public concern.
Q: What was your first impression of ABH?
A: it’s a cool hall and it is easy to relate with people with the way it is structured.
Q: What would you say are the peculiarities of the hall?
A: The fact that it is a mixed hall and I can always see my ABH crush whenever I want toI wish I had one though. ABH is such a small world of its own that someone could even read out your daily routine to you and even tell you things you might not even know about yourself.
Q: During your stay in the hall, what were the opportunities you recognized and how did you apply yourself to them?
A: There were different opportunities that I saw and the major ones were through the committees I served in. I love to plan events and give back to the society so there was no way I could have done that without joining those committees. I had the opportunity to learn how to plan events better, prioritize and also manage a diverse workload. I became a qualified volunteer because I was ready to take up roles that improved my skills. As the Female Affairs Minister of the hall then, I had to use persons (non-brownites) for some events and that helped me in strengthening my relationship with them. People were so interested whenever I mention I’m occupying that office so they gave me ideas and advice on what to do after school in that line of service. It is one opportunity I’m grateful for and I will never take for granted because I know this is just the beginning for me (Just watch out for me?). There are also some Brownites’ status updates I always look out for because you will definitely find opportunities there. One of them is Bolu Aderounmu, he is the current UIMSA President and a good friend. He is always ready to share because he knows he can’t have it all and I think we all should learn from that. I won’t be happy with myself if I don’t talk about the UCH Sinfonia, it was a great opportunity for me because I loved it (this doesn’t mean anyone should meet me and ask me to sing. I love the choir doesn’t mean I have the sweetest voice?) and I wasn’t stressed during my stay in the choir.
Q: How has being a Brownite impacted you as a person?
A: Well, I will just say that I got better at living the life.
Q: What are your likes/dislikes about your Brownite experience?
A: The light and water is what I love the most. I also love the fact that it is peaceful and I can always walk to anyone I want to talk to. I dislike the noise that comes from the Saturday football matches (I’m actually happy about the cafeteria renovation because I have been able to rest for some time now).
Q: What would be your final word to Brownites?
A: I would like to say that Brownites should always support the executives in making ABH a better place (I can say this because I was the former Female Affairs Minister and I understand what it means for those you are leading to be in support of your leadership). They should also make use of opportunities to flex their muscles on areas where they are struggling and have good relationships with each other.
Q: Given the opportunity, would you choose to be a brownite again?
A: Yes, I would choose it over and over again. I got better as a person during my days as a Brownite and I made friends that would always improve the quality of my life.
Q: How do you feel about leaving the Hall?
A: I’m very happy to leave because I can’t wait to start earning my own money and it’s time to move to the next phase of my life?
Q: Are we invited to your induction?
A: Sure, you are invited. I’m sure many will appreciate pictures better than souvenir.
Thank you very much Miss Oluwadamilola for sharing with us. We hope your experience as a Brownite will inspire even more inspiring Brownite experiences.
See you at your induction ceremony.