New Perspectives

Mummypraise intended to be a doctor. Then her UIC advisors expanded her options.

Mummypraise always dreamed of opening a healthcare clinic in her mother’s native Nigeria.

“My mom had a twin who had some medical problems at birth,” she said. “When we visited her in Nigeria, I was inspired to do something to help. So I decided to become a doctor and set up a clinic in Nigeria.”

Then she enrolled at UIC and discovered a world of other opportunities in healthcare. She worked with her mentor to run workshops for physicians and medical students, she met with a pre-health advisor, and she attended panel discussions about the medical field.

“My mentors and advisors helped me realize that I don’t need to go to medical school to reach my goals,” she said. “I discovered that I could make just as much of a difference by becoming a health and medical services manager.”

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Major: Biological Sciences

Campus activities: African Student Council, Afrikan Heat Dance, Chicago P.O.P. on Youth Violence, Collegiate 100

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