SPRINGDALE – Both cancer and diabetes have affected Chinwe Ogbu-Mbadiugha’s family and she wants to take action by one day studying clinical pharmaceuticals. At just 17 years old, Ogbu-Mbadiugha already knows she wants to help cure diseases and make other people’s lives easier. Though she is still deciding between becoming a pharmacist or doing pharmaceutical […]
SPRINGDALE – Both cancer and diabetes have affected Chinwe Ogbu-Mbadiugha’s family and she wants to take action by one day studying clinical pharmaceuticals.
At just 17 years old, Ogbu-Mbadiugha already knows she wants to help cure diseases and make other people’s lives easier. Though she is still deciding between becoming a pharmacist or doing pharmaceutical research, she has already started making her way in the industry.
“I love chemistry, I love math and I hope to do great things in life,” she said.
As a senior at Charles H. Flowers High School, she wears a lot of hats. While maintaining a 4.21 GPA, she juggles being president of the African Student Association and the senior class secretary, participating in Young People for God, health club, Mentoring in Medicine, and the debate team where she helped her team to the national competition.
Over her tenure at Flowers she also took eight Advanced Placement classes and played soccer. She also interned with the National Institutes of Health over the past summer, where she worked on projects in the National Library of Medicine. There she helped create outreach campaigns for social awareness of breast feeding, mental illness, healthy eating and AIDS.
“She’s a young lady who can do well in the humanities part as well as the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) part. She’s a completely well-rounded student,” said Gorman Brown, the principal of Flowers. “She works very hard.”
Ogbu-Mbadiugha currently holds an internship at the Howard University College of Pharmacy where she participates in lab research focused on nanoparticals and how they can be used to treat HIV, AIDS and breast cancer
“It’s really good for me because I get to experience it and I get to get my own personal experience in that field before I say I definitely want to do this,” she said. “Because I don’t want go into it and then realize three years later, ‘I hate this so much.’”
Curiosity also fuels Ogbu-Mbadiugha’s passion for chemistry and pharmacy. She wants to learn how chemicals react in the body and discover new and better ways to treat aliments, especially diabetes, which took her grandparents, and the cancer ailing her aunt.
“When she gets something, she just locks into it and what you notice is it’s not really ever about her. It’s about her being of service to others. So, she’s just a wonderful young lady,” Brown said.
Looking toward the future, Ogbu-Mbadiugha’s dream is to attend Yale University, but she also has her eyes on Stanford, the University of Chicago, Princeton and University of Maryland Baltimore County.
“When you go there, their environment is just so nice. You feel like you’re at home (at Yale),” she said. “I could imagine being at Yale for four years.”