Hi everyone, my name is Ayomikun. I was born in Nigeria. I first came to the United States in August 2008 when my mom was selected for the Nieman Fellowship at Harvard but returned to Nigeria in 2009 for a year. I finally moved back to the USA in August 2010, when my mom was attending graduate school at the prestigious Harvard University. This means my initial years in the U.S. were spent in Massachusetts; first in Cambridge, then South Boston, and Malden in the Boston areas. At that time, I was in elementary school. We moved to New York for one year and were back in Boston for another year when we lived in Hyde Park, Boston MA. I have lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan since Fall 2014 where I completed both middle and high schools, and it is here where I began my 1st year at UAlbany online. From my calculations therefore, I have spent more of my life in the U.S. than in my home country – and I cannot even imagine how the time has gone by so fast! I might have lived in more states/cities and attended more elementary and middle schools than some people that were born in the US. These constant moves have their downsides too, in terms of keeping long-lasting friendships and even communities.
For whatever reason, I always wanted to come back to New York. Even though I have only spent a year here, I have always been excited and jumped at every opportunity to travel back to New York even for a few days to a couple of weeks. I like how New York is accessible by road to different states and cities. Therefore, as I was finishing high school in Michigan, I began to think of college life in New York. I had never visited Albany, neither had it come up in conversations. So, I don’t even recall how but I found myself writing up an application essay for UAlbany! But you can imagine that it was not that easy, as I had to do a lot of research on the school location, student population, tuition, and of course scholarships. I checked out housing, to-do things on campus and in the area. And here I am – accepted. I am already on the track to completing my freshman year at UAlbany – Go Great Danes!
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