17-year-old Serena Omo-Lamai, has been granted admission to study in 13 universities in America and Canada. Out of all the options available to Serena, who graduated from Dowen College, Lekki, she chose to study Bio-Medical Engineering at the Syracuse University, United States.
Serena Omo-Lamai said she settled for Syracuse University because of the institution’s world-class research laboratory and a $51,000 scholarship offer. The teenager, who aspires to be a medical engineer, said that she would study medicine as a second degree.
“I feel very honoured and I feel it is an opportunity to work harder. I know that I have to justify the offer. I chose Syracuse University because it has a very good research lab and the offer came with $51,000 scholarship. I have always loved Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Geography.
“My hope is to study medicine for a second degree, but I would love to be a medical engineer. Most of the medical equipment in the country are imported and I would like a situation where medical equipment is manufactured here in Nigeria.”
Serena Omo-Lamai, who was the valedictorian of the school last year, also received offers from Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, New York University, among others.
She said her parents are her role models, but that she is also inspired by anyone who is hard working, anyone who puts so much efforts into what they do.
The Vice-Principal of Dowen College, Mr. Muraina Olusesi, said Alumni students of the school have continued to show the stuff they are made of in the world of academic excellence.
Mr. Muraina, also disclosed that a former student of the school, Daniel Obaseyi Buraimo, graduated with First Class honours degree in Computer Science from the University of San Francisco, California, USA and that according to the university, he is the first Nigerian to attain this height.