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Academic success isn’t always a linear line

College membership helps medicine student achieve her goals

May 8, 2024 — 

Since her bachelor degree in science, Grace Okunnu has come a long way. 

As she completes her first year at the Max Rady College of Medicine at the Bannatyne campus, she reflects on the journey that has gotten her to where she is today. 

From the beginning of her journey at UM, Grace was introduced to St John’s college by her older sister who was also involved at the college. She explored the benefits of the student membership, academic support, scholarship opportunities, and the sense of community she felt while studying for her undergraduate degrees. 

“St John’s has been helpful throughout my academics. I studied at St John’s when I was on the Fort Garry campus, and now, even at the Bannatyne campus, I can still be involved with SJC and their scholarship opportunities.”

As a 2023 SJC scholarship recipient, Grace remains connected to SJC, regardless of being on the Bannatyne campus. 

She adds, “It’s been a very unifying and community-building environment. I made new friends during my undergraduate degree at St John’s, with whom I’m still connected today.”

As she moves forward into her second year of medicine coming up, Grace looks to pass on the lesson she has learned to fellow students to never give up after the first try. “If you don’t succeed the first time, it doesn’t mean it won’t happen.”

To learn more about our student membership and upcoming scholarship opportunities, visit our website.


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