Back in OAU, there was a joke we commonly made of how each student was and is first, a local champion.
The school was (is still is – maybe) one of the best in the country, hence, it mostly accepts the best from thousands of applications.
However, once you step through ‘road one’ (the main entrance of the campus), you drop your medals at the gates and get ready to tough it out with the best if you would have any chance at all.
Interestingly, one of the first lessons, or worse, culture shock, you would face when you travel out of your country is, you are not THAT special! At least, not yet.