Ogheneochuko Akpovbovbo

UWC attended: Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific (Canada)
Class Year: Class of 2021

My name is Ochuko Akpovbovbo and I was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. From a young age, I knew that I wanted to study abroad after high school. Having very protective parents, and living quite a sheltered life, I longed for the exposure, freedom and growth that I knew being away from home could give me. I wanted to learn about the world, make friends that were different from me, and have stories to tell. My brother going to school abroad two years before I finished high school gave me that much more hope. When I found out about UWC, I knew it would be the one. It was just what I wanted: so much diversity in a single place.

My experience at Pearson College UWC in Canada was truly life changing. From sharing a room with three girls from three different continents, to classroom discussions with such a variety of opinions and perspectives- every moment was spent learning and growing. My two years in Pearson College taught me so much, but learning how similar we all are as people regardless of where we come from and what we look like has really affected the way I see the world and interact with people. I am so grateful I had the blessing of experiencing that.

After my experience at Pearson College, I knew I wanted to spend the next few years in an environment that could impact me in a similar way. I wanted a place that encouraged forward thinking and intelligent discussions, a place that appreciated diversity and encouraged the holistic growth of its students. I knew Lewis and Clark would provide those opportunities and much more. I am also really intrigued by the city of Portland and getting to live there was a definite plus. At Lewis and Clark, I will be majoring in Economics because I feel it aligns with my future goals. I hope to become a financial consultant, and have an influential part in the economic future of my country. I know that Lewis & Clark College would set the perfect foundation for my future aspirations.

Outside school, I read a lot of fictional works, philosophical works, and classical and African literature. I also enjoy writing scripts and learning about movie production. Although I am usually not the outdoorsy sort, I love hiking and seeing beautiful places. Most of all, I enjoy spending time with people and having engaging, thought provoking discussions.

At Lewis & Clark College, I hope to strengthen my academic abilities and become truly confident in my work. Being an active part of the Lewis and Clark community is also something I look forward to. I also look forward to making strong and impactful relationships; growing as an individual as well as helping others grow. I am also excited to explore Portland and other cities in the US!