“Make sure you study what you love! When things become way more challenging than you anticipated, it is your passion for that field that drives you to continuously put in the necessary work.”
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Campus Activities: T-SITE Scholar, CWIT Affiliate, SGA Senator, Student Web Developer for COEIT, FirstEnergy Intern, Active Member of ASA (African Student Association).
Why did you choose UMBC?
One of the main reasons I chose to attend UMBC was because of its richness in diversity. UMBC comprises of students with a very diverse background. Diversity in terms of culture, ethnicity, background and even academics. As a Computer Science major, I work a lot on team projects and the exposure I get from working with a very diverse set of talented individuals is outstanding.
What do you love about UMBC?
One of the things I love about UMBC is the robust network it has with the industry. Over the years, UMBC has built mutual relationships with a lot of companies in various fields and these relationships make it easier for students to get internships and jobs in their major. For instance, I got my last internship through the mutual relationship my company has with UMBC and the same goes for a lot of my peers.
What would you say to a prospective student?
Make sure you study what you love! When things become way more challenging than you anticipated, it is your passion for that field that drives you to continuously put in the necessary work.
What has been your favorite class at UMBC?
My favorite class so far has been Graphical User Interface Systems (IS 413). It was great transitioning from just using mobile applications to actually making them.
Where did you complete your internship/applied learning experience?
I interned last summer at FirstEnergy Corporation at their headquarters in Akron, Ohio. I got to develop business tools for the Human Resources and Business Intelligence department. I worked on SAP ABAB HR for both configuration and development of their internal operation systems.
What do you hope to achieve after you complete your degree at UMBC?
I will be interning at Exelon this coming summer doing Web and Mobile integration and I hope to convert that to a full time job after graduation.