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Bolu Oyewale: Keelite of the Month August 2014
What am I doing now?
I am the Students’ Union President at Keele for 2014-2015.
How did you get to where you are now?
Through ambition, fore-planning, good fortune and favour, the support of those around me, and campaigning in a purple cape! It’s a policy of mine to leave a place better than I found it. After A-Levels, but before starting at Keele, I remember deciding I was going to be the Students’ Union President, and I still have the lined A4 paper where I wrote that I was going to be President and how I was going to get there. Eventually, during the elections in February 2014, I ended up running against the incumbent President, and came second. However, a few months later, I was presented with a second chance after the President (incumbent and elect) stepped down, and I subsequently won the by-election.
The Photo to the left was taken at Snapshot, the Keele photography society, in Chancellor's Building
What has been your biggest achievement so far?
This is a tough one, having done so much in the last few years! However, for now, I’ll say getting elected as Union President.
And your biggest mistake?
Rather than a single mistake, a shortcoming that I have recognised is that I always try and do too much at the same time. I can’t help it, because I’m interested in so many things, and enjoy everything I do.
What are your ambitions now?
To do my best for the students of Keele as President before going on to qualify as a barrister, with a specific interest in International Law. One thing I’ve always wanted to be, since I was 9, is a published author, and though I’ve acquired numerous other aspirations (such as producing spectacular and lasting creations with my Web Design and Programming), this remains unchanged.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to work in a similar field?
You get out of everything what you put into it, so never turn down an opportunity, get involved with absolutely everything, and take a risk without worrying about the future or what comes after.
What made you choose Keele University?
Not many universities offered the combination of Law and Economics that I started with, and while I didn’t want to stay at home, I also didn’t want to go somewhere too far away. Keele is only a short journey away from Birmingham.
Also, I’ve always been a very calm and relaxed person, and I felt somewhere quiet and away from a big city, where I could peacefully enjoy a good book, would be just right for me.
Photo Right: The Caped Campaigner 2014
What kind of a student were you?
On reflection, other than the first semester of my first year, I wasn’t much of a student and I did very little studying! I was always busy and got very little sleep, but it was rarely due to the degree and though often in the library, it was mostly to socialise. I was part of a lot of societies and did a lot of volunteering. I was a student with good intentions and study plans, but I didn’t follow the plan. Always follow the plan! While I will always say that university and being a student should be about more than just the degree, I wouldn’t advise anyone to imitate me in rarely going to lectures and classes.
How has Keele influenced your life?
Keele gave me opportunities and, at or through Keele, I’ve been able to meet all sorts of people from all over the world. As per usual with everybody, university, and Keele in particular, has given life lessons and helped with self-discovery.
What is your favourite memory of Keele?
I don’t have just the one favourite memory at the moment, from the exploration of Keele woods in the first few weeks at Keele with new friends, to my infamous rounds of the library talking to everyone, and even playing basketball at 4am in the Chancellors Building Car Park. Fortunately, I’m still at Keele and have time to create even more memories, one of which may become my very favourite!
Photo left: April 2012 - the lawns and woods
What is your impression of Keele now?
It is the people that make the place, and Keele, despite becoming one of the heavy hitters in higher education, remains a friendly and inclusive community as is always attested to by visiting alumni. It is certainly an amazing place that benefits anyone who comes here, but there is so much more it could offer; and though it is doing so a little slow for my liking, I have been able to see, over the last few years, how Keele is continually improving.
Anything else you would like to add?
Congratulations to all the new Keele alumni Class of 2014 with the recent graduations, and nothing but the best to all of Keele alumni - new and established. I’ll always be delighted to hear from Keele alumni.
A Keele Journey in Photos...
July 2012 (stepping out), October 2012 (Model UN Society), July 2014 (President)