Chimaobi Okorie

Chimaobi Okorie

Chimaobi Okorie

Computer Science / Owings Mills, Md.

Why did I choose Maryland?
Even though I wanted to attend a university out of state, I was not ready to adapt to a different lifestyle in a different state. UMD to me is the best college in Maryland and it’s best in what I want to major in, which is computer science. I knew its diversity and capacity could help me interact with more people and would be a great college experience. Interacting with others that have the same goals, ambitions, and drive like yours is always beneficial. UMD is a good fit for me.

What major/career path do you plan to pursue and how did you select that path?
I plan to major in computer science and strive to become a robotics programmer or invent my own use of programming revolving around robots. As a kid, I was always fond of robots. That’s why my favorite movies were Robots and Wall-e. Computer science was interesting and puzzling to me at the same time. How can lines of words make this machine move and how do they create this game or website or device? There was a lot that I needed to know about computer science and what better way than to chase after it?

Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved in:
I am an avid physical activity and health person. I typically work through the day, but when I am free, I work out with friends or play sports. I typically play soccer and basketball. Unfortunately, I do not participate in a numerous amount of community services, but I do plan to throughout college and afterwards. If I am not doing anything else I self-learn and practice coding.

Which living-learning program are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in that program thus far?
I am in Science, Technology, and Society (STS). The class has just recently started, and we meet once a week so there is little to no information so far on how the experience has shaped me. Although it only has been a few weeks, I’ve learned that STS is more than a program—it is a way of life, a way of living through understanding the society around us and how it shapes future scientists or users of technology. It is like a social formula dedicated to people who are passionate about the use of science and technology in our day-to-day life.

Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
I hope to become a more active and social person. I want to be able to learn how to connect with others and build strong and healthy bonds whether it is in academics or just social life. I want to be able to truly understand the world around us and how adulthood and responsibility can be a task or an idea that I can become prepared for.

What are your future goals after graduation?
I plan to start working at a company dedicated to coding and research. I want to dive into the gaming scene and maybe pursue a career in the gaming industry. I’m interested in the stock market, so I would like to learn more about that and invest in multiple companies. I would want to start a business dedicated to research and creating robots that would make society more advanced and futuristic.

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