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April 27, 2017


Over the winter break, I visited home. Home for me is Abia State in South-East Nigeria. I went back to my hometown, Aba, and spent time with my family. Christmas festivities had a new life to them because it had been almost two years since I had been home. I got to catch up with my cousins, uncles and aunts, and of course, I ate as much Nigerian food as I could. It was such a rewarding experience primarily because I got to re-immerse myself in my culture, and I returned feeling refreshed and reacquainted with my identity and generally felt a greater sense of purpose.


This semester I took 15 hours of coursework altogether. My film class took a very practical turn this semester with us working on film projects and learning the more technical aspects of filmmaking. I took Biology for the first time in 4 years! I also took World Literature, U.S. History, and Biological Anthropology. Outside of academics, I am part of a South Asian acapella group called Hum A Cappella. We performed at multiple acapella gigs and South Asian dance exhibitions in Austin, Dallas, and Houston! Honestly, along with school work, with how much of a high-level performance and the amount of dedication required of a Hum member, I think it is safe to say that I have basically been a professional musician since my freshman year here at UT. I am also part of the executive board of the African Students Organization (TexasASO) and my position is Historian. As Historian, I take pictures and videos at our events, I design flyers for our events and I also compile videos for recaps as well as to promote our events. I look forward to doing more with TexasASO and working the members to take it to greater heights.


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