bySidiqat Olalere-Abdulkareem

On My Intellectual Autobiography

I was fascinated when I came across my father’s autobiography years ago. He wrote it when he was 25 years old and I have wanted to do that for my 25th too. Unfortunately I couldn’t. So when the chance to write my intellectual autobiography came up from one of the classes I took, I was elated.


I knew it would afford me the opportunity to document my life, but I didn’t think of the direction it will take. Not until after we were deep into the class did I realize that I had to write on my intellectual life and growth. This gave me the opportunity to reflect on how I have grown academically.


I was able to write from when I was in primary school to secondary school and ultimately, university level. The subjects that shaped me from secondary school were focused on and it’s not surprising that English Language came top of the list.


Everything that was documented in the autobiography couldn’t have been really possible if not for the reflection prompts that was provided by the professor in charge. Also, some of the books that were read gave an insight on how an autobiography is written. The Living of Charlotte Perkins Gilman was the highlights of all the books read and what I was able to take out of it is that it is very important to keep a diary of one’s daily life if one wants to write a successful and well documented life.


I promised my Facebook friends to publish it on my blog when I’m done writing it but I realized I included some very personal details that I don’t feel comfortable sharing with the public at the moment, but maybe later in the future, I’d be confident enough to.



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