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Senior Spotlight: Chidinma Opaigbeogu

English major Chidinma Opaigbeogu is passionate about protecting and aiding homeless communities and is interested in being an editor for children’s and young adult books one day.

Why did you decide to become an English major?

I have always been interested in the craft of story telling, but I wasn’t sure how I could make a career of it. I kept signing up for writing workshops and book clubs to stay close to writing, but It wasn’t until junior year that I realized that I couldn’t ignore my love for writing anymore and switched majors.

What clubs, campus groups, internships, outside of class projects have you been involved with?

I was an Arts Scholar and a member of Writer’s House on campus. I also volunteered with Terps for Change, as a language partner. In my second semester as an English major I secured an internship with a book company specializing in diverse children’s stories. After the internship period, I continued to progress in the company and my new role became social media manager and marketing associate.

Have you joined any student organizations on campus?

Black Student Union, African Student Association, MaryPirg- Hunger and Homelessness

What is something you read during class that impacted your worldview? 

We read The Bluest Eye last year and it was such an impactful read. Our professor, Dr. Avilez, was also fantastic in highlighting the beauty of the Morrison novel.

What skills (professional, creative or other) do you think you’ve gotten from the major?

Some of the skills I’ve learned and developed is thinking critically, understanding diversity and having global awareness, and how to construct effective arguments and proposals.

What is your dream job or career?

My dream job is one that allows me to read all day! I would love to be an editor for children’s and young adult books.

What are you passionate about (or even curious about)?

I am passionate about protecting and aiding homeless communities and would love to create a fund for the local D.C. community!