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Tomiloba Ogundipe

Tomiloba Ogundipe

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Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria

Major: Master of Science in Management Information Systems

What is your major, and why did you choose your field of study?
Information Systems. I like tech. I feel like tech is the future, it’s where the world is going.

Are you involved in any activities at NIU? What else do you do for fun/hobbies in your spare time?
Mixing work with school is not super easy, but I’m on the executive board of the National Association of Black Accountants. There’s not too much spare time—I try to relax, learn more about IT, watch movies and play soccer.

What has been your favorite event at NIU, and why?
The international students’ Thanksgiving dinner last year was pretty interesting.

What do you like about our campus and community?
The community is very open, very welcoming. … I think the environment is perfect for education, for studying—it’s gentle, it’s quiet.

What is something you have experienced at NIU that you will be able to take with you into future endeavors in your field?
I’ve learned a lot about tech and security, and so much about the internet. My work experience in the international student office also has been very helpful, because there’s only so much you can learn by just learning. You need to understand a professional setting. Being in an office gives you professional experience working with people and managing my space.

What is up next for you after your time at NIU? Any career aspirations you would like to share?
The next thing after school is to work somewhere—in Greece, in London, in Nigeria, anywhere. I’m on a learning spree right now.

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