What languages can you speak?
I can only fully speak English, but I’ve taken Spanish classes and I can understand Igbo which is one of the three main languages of Nigeria.
What extracurricular activities are you involved with on campus?
For sports, I have played instructional volleyball, squash, and ice-skating, and I’ve done yoga. I’m currently playing JV2 lacrosse which is a sport I’ve never played before or even have in my country, but it’s really fun. I am the co-head of Gospel Choir, play alto saxophone in the Concert Band, and I’m also taking double bass lessons to learn how to play the instrument. I also like taking part in different community engagement activities that are offered.
What are your favorite thing(s) on campus?
I think one of my favorite things about Andover is Paresky Commons (Commons) because of the numerous food options that are offered each day and the food is generally very well made. If not Commons, then people can go to Susie’s (The Den) to buy snacks. I also really enjoy the cool events that we have some weekends like group trips to The Loop where there is a great movie theater, shops, and restaurants. Last but definitely not least, I like how members of the Office of Physical Plant (OPP) work very hard to maintain the campus and keep it looking great. This campus looks especially beautiful during spring term when all the trees are flowering!
How does Andover compare to your home?
I think Andover (at least the school) is a bit more diverse, and a lot more liberal than my home. At home, we have many different people from many different places because of all the international companies, but many Nigerians are religious and conservative. Here in Andover, there are many different beliefs as well as a supporting LGBTQ+ community. There’s also the big difference in weather. Nigeria is hot. All. The. Time. This is not the case in Andover (though the temperature does get surprisingly high during spring term).
Briefly talk about an interesting experience you had while visiting another part of the world (if applicable)
An interesting experience happened to me last summer when I went to Johannesburg, South Africa for a summer program. It was my first time in the Southern Hemisphere and it was fun to go from the warm, humid summer weather of Nigeria to the cool, dry winter weather of South Africa. One of my favorite experiences while I was there was when we were at a campsite in the night and I looked up and was able to see many stars and constellations. Living in or near cities doesn’t allow me to see the stars often so I was really happy to be able to. It was amazing!