Student Profile: Chioma E. Okoronkwo

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 in Alumni News and News

The Black Alumni Chapter’s e-newsletter regularly features profiles of interesting alumni and students. In the summer issue, get to know current student Chioma E. Okoronkwo. If you have suggestions for future alumni or student profiles, please email Click here to read the e-newsletter.

Chioma Okornkwo | www.kualumni.orgWhat year are you and when do you expect to graduate? I am a senior and will graduate August 2013.

What is your area of study? I am studying biology/pre-medicine.

Why did you choose KU? KU was the most competitive when it came to offering me a scholarship for my Kansas Academic All-American Award.

Where were you prior to attending KU? I was attending Fort Scott Community College on a basketball/track scholarship.

What project of yours are you most proud? I would have to say the Angels Party I organized in fall 2011 because of my dancers and my performance, as well as the large turnout and that it went amazingly well.

What are the top three things you love about KU?
1. Allen Fieldhouse
2. The Underground in Wescoe Hall
3. Wescoe Beach when the hotdog stands and student organization tables are out

What is one area you see changing for the better at KU? Work being done by the Black Student Union.

What surprised you the most about KU? I was surprised by number of minority students and all of the active multicultural groups active on campus.

What do you think you will be doing in five years? I hope to be finishing medical school!

What is the best place to relax or have fun in Lawrence? To relax: my bed, definitely, or any place that is quiet with a handy pillow– I’m not too picky. To have fun: my apartment because there’s no waiting in line or cover charge to get in.

What advice would you give to students coming to KU? Definitely stay focused. Having your priorities in line and managing your time well are musts. Many students (freshmen and transfers) get caught up in all of the extra things college has to offer and they forget the main reason why they came in the first place. With many freedoms come many more responsibilities. It’s fine to enjoy yourself in college, as long as you have a plan for how to finish successfully.

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