From BBA to PhD - Follow your dreams!

Never give up your dream, no matter how your condition, situation, and even background could be. Your dream is you, and you are your dream. - Saheed A. Gbadegeshin

Martin Luther King (Jr) said that “I have a dream …”. Today, I’d like to add that “Never give up your dream, no matter how your condition, situation, and even background could be. Your dream is you, and you are your dream”. I’m happy to tell you that my dream has come true! I’m now a Doctor of Science (PhD).  

I dreamed to be a “Dr” in 1995 after reading some stories about great people. I kept it with me until I shared the dream with friends in 2001. Many of these friends and other people laughed at me and even joked with me on the dream. I also smiled and laughed at them because I knew what I want.

In 2006, I madeFrom BBA to PhD up my mind to pursue my dream no matter how. I started by taking actions. I applied to Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (Finland) and I was admitted. I did my bachelor’s degree which I finished within 2.5 years. I moved forward with my MSc at University of Jyväskylä (Finland) and completed it within 10 months. I proceeded with my MBA at Turku University of Applied Sciences (Finland) and got it done within 1 year and 2 months.

Before my MBA, I tried to apply for PhD program several times, but it was not successful. I did not give up. I continued. Fortunately, I got admission in December 2015 for my PhD. Meanwhile, there was no funding. I still made up my mind to continue it. After a year, that was January 2017, I started getting funding from Finnish Cultural Foundation and The Foundation for Economic Education. When I was sure that my PhD was in good position, I decided to have pedagogy qualification so that my PhD would be a unique doctoral study. So, I started a program at Häme University of Applied Sciences (Finland) for International Professional Teachers’ Education. I completed it within 11 months.

After my pedagogy degree, I focused and completed my PhD. It was done within speculated years with more than 10 international publications. With these activities, I supported my family, friends and colleagues in achieving their dreams. All these were done in just 12 years. To me, it’s a dream that came true!