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Chidinma Agbo

Hometown: Norwalk, CA

high school: Norwalk HS

college: Stanford University

MAJOR: Mechanical Engineering

As a child, Chidinma Agbo grew up in a household that promoted innovation, curiosity, and learning. She spent most of her days building model airplanes, immersing herself in complex math problems, and dissecting her father’s old electronics. Chidinma saw each activity as an opportunity to learn something new and was eager to satiate her hunger for more knowledge. Aware of her desire to learn, her father would take her to Home Depot and buy her materials with which she worked on complex projects. With each creation, her desire to learn only grew stronger, further shaping her character and aspirations.

During high school, Chidinma’s passion for gaining knowledge grew exponentially. Her intellectual vitality made learning an enjoyable activity and consequently she was able to navigate through her school’s most challenging honors and AP courses. By doing so, she developed a strong work ethic that carried her into the top two-percent of her class. That dedication to academics is also illustrated by her 4.47 GPA and achievements including her title as an AP Scholar with Distinction and Renaissance Top Twenty Award recipient. Chidinma’s love for math and science, in particular, have led her to immerse herself in STEM activities, including robotics, rocketry, and math competitions. In fact, she was able to gain acceptance into a competitive NASA internship that enabled her to take the next step towards her career aspirations. As a NASA intern, Chidinma conducted challenging astronomy research, worked on a multitude of engineering projects, and was given the opportunity to design and present a mock mission to Mars to the NASA administration.

Chidinma continues to make her mark at Stanford, establishing herself as a leader on campus. She has served in various executive board positions in organizations such as the Nigerian Students’ Association, the Society of Black Scientist and Engineers, and the Stanford African Students’ Association. Through these organizations, she has been able to plan exciting events, including a cultural show complete with a play, student performers, and rapper Wale as headliner. With each of these achievements and involvements, Chidinma has taken steps toward success and fulfillment.

Chidinma’s also made it a point to be an active part of her community, both in Nigeria and in her home in the US, devoting a considerable amount of time to service. Coming from a family that has always struggled financially, she has experience with being in need of assistance and has taken it upon herself to aid those around her. She founded Project Rejoyvenate, a non-profit organization, to provide assistance to impoverished Nigerians. She later expanded Project Rejoyvenate to aid the financially disadvantaged in her local community, providing them with the support and resources necessary for success.  

Chidinma currently attends Stanford University and is majoring in product design engineering and film & media studies to pursue her passion for innovation and desire to leave an impact on the world.

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