Chimaobi Martins Okorie
Chimaobi Martins Okorie
What made you decide to enroll at the University of Maryland?
It was the location of the school and how close it was to my hometown and family. Also, I had heard the computer science program at UMD was quite exceptional. I also felt like UMD would provide a friendly environment and opportunities that would be helpful to my career and future.
What major/career path do you plan on pursuing and how did you select that path?
I plan to pursue a career pathway in robotics. I decided the best way to pursue this is through the means of majoring in computer science and using that knowledge to branch out to other related fields like engineering. I plan to educate myself on the overall view of robotics by using my major in computer science as my foundation.
Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved with:
Before moving in to college, I took part in a few church-related activities such as helping set up fellowship activities or activities more directed towards the children. I was also a mathematics instructor for a kids learning program called Kumon Institute Education. For a few months, I was an intern at the center and was assigned to help children in mathematics who were struggling in school.
Which programs are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in them thus far?
I am currently a sophomore in the Science, Technology, and Society scholars program (STS) and the program has helped me understand the principles of science and technology and its role towards affecting society. It has strengthened my determination to use my passion for science and technology to help others. As a matter of fact, the current scholars class I am taking advocates to create STEM related activities to educate primary and secondary students around local schools to teach them more about the importance of STEM and the opportunities it can provide.
Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
I hope to gain the experience of making connections and sharing ideas. I have not really been a supporter of making connections in the past, as it had never occurred to me the beneficial aspects it can have on an individual. I guess what I hope to take away is to get out my comfort zone and learn from others through interactions.
What are your future goals after graduation?
My overall goal is to educate myself and others.