“My name is Billion Promise Agunia and I’m from Nigeria. I was the last child born to a polygamous family in Rivers State. I studied Law at Rivers State University as a result of my academic experience with Alison and other online learning platforms.”
How did you learn about Alison?
I found Alison after finishing secondary school in 2013. I was searching for academic resources on Google, due to a burning desire for quality education, when I stumbled on the platform. After browsing the course catalogue, I was shocked by the courses that were available for free. So I did not hesitate in hitting the sign up button.
What was your first course on Alison, and why did you choose it?
English Grammar was my first course on this platform. Since the age of 9, I’ve always wanted to be a writer. But how would that be possible when many people mocked of my horrible English? Their mockery, however, inspired me to study more diligently and I began to improve my knowledge of the mechanics of English grammar. Alison provided the foundation on which I now learn with ease and confidence. On the completion of this course, I enrolled in other courses such as: English Language and Literature, Journalism, Legal Studies, Web Developing, French and Blogging among others.
How have Alison courses affected your career?
All these courses have significantly shaped my academic competence and have helped me in choosing a suitable career. First, the Blogging course gave me the tools through which I acquired many readers who began to love my writing. Second, Alison opened my eyes to the existence of online learning generally. Through it, I was able to discover other platforms. Finally, it also made me more decisive in choosing my legal career and in studying diligently for all my university exams.
What’s your favourite way to relax from studying?
Sitting in front of a computer for several hours can be tiring and straining. My favourite way to relax from studying is to play soccer with my friends to keep my body fit. Since all the courses are self-paced, I was able to map out time for each course – time for a tea break, and time for writing and soccer. That way, I was able to have an impactful relaxation.
What are you studying at the moment?
Currently, I’m a student at the Nigerian Law School, Abuja and a few months from now, I will become a Legal Practitioner. I have also advanced to full time academic and creative writing. My first journal article was published in 2019 in the African Journal of International Energy and Environmental Law, and my first novel has been submitted for publication.
What’s next for you, in terms of education and work?
As a young person, I believe that my little achievement so far is just a step that will take me to another phase of life. After my law school programme, I plan to go into legal practice and consultancy for a few years in order to save enough money to further my education.
If you could learn absolutely anything in the world from an Alison course, what would it be?
If I could learn absolutely anything in the world from an Alison course, it would be Cyber Security. This is because, as the world is advancing to a highly digital era, I’d like to be able to effectively protect myself and my career progress from malicious attacks.
What would you say to someone if they asked you about Alison? Would you recommend it and why?
Alison is one of the free learning platforms that prepared me for the future I am currently enjoying, and for the one I’m expecting. Initially, I felt I was wasting my time and energy, but I didn’t know I was building strong bricks for my career. Therefore, I would recommend the platform to everyone because it offers an opportunity to empower oneself through quality education.