UPPER MARLBORO – Ewaoluwa Ogundana knows the value of hard work. As a Nigerian immigrant and daughter of two hardworking parents, Ogundana has always been pushed to be the best she can be. “I’ve always had that mindset, ever since I was little, because I knew my parents expected a lot from me because of […]
UPPER MARLBORO – Ewaoluwa Ogundana knows the value of hard work.
As a Nigerian immigrant and daughter of two hardworking parents, Ogundana has always been pushed to be the best she can be.
“I’ve always had that mindset, ever since I was little, because I knew my parents expected a lot from me because of the hard work that they did for me to get here,” she said.
Ogundana is a senior at Frederick Douglass High School where she applies those hard work ideals to every aspect of her education.
Tiyonna Hill, the International Baccalaureate (IB) middle years program coordinator at Douglass, likes to joke that Ogundana was ready for college in 11th grade.
“You only teach and encounter kids of her caliber once in a lifetime,” Hill said. “She stands out. She’s very studious. She’s very articulate. She’s very modest and humble. She is the student that keeps you on your toes.”
Hill uses words like detailed, dedicated and nurturing to describe Ogundana, who spends her time not only advocating for more rigors for herself, but also encouraging her peers to improve their work ethic.
“And that’s what I really appreciated. It wasn’t just work ethic; it’s her character. She’s a wonderful person, just an all around wonderful person,” Hill said.
Ogundana has fully immersed herself in the Douglass experience. She is the former captain of the debate team, a member of the student government association, the National Honor Society and the Push Christian Club and is also an IB Ambassador and a peer mediator.
During her tenure at Douglass she has taken numerous Advanced Placement and IB classes, constantly seeking out rigor while maintaining a 4.2 grade point average.
“I always want to challenge myself and grow. I don’t want to stay in the same bubble. I want to make sure that each day I’m becoming a better person and strengthening my academic skills,” Ogundana said.
Looking toward the future, Ogundana wants to major in political science, minor in criminal justice and ultimately go to law school. Her dream school is Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Some runner ups include George Washington University, University of Tampa, American University, Towson, Howard and the University of Maryland.
She eventually wants to become a legal investigator at a law firm.
“I love advocating for people. If I’m not helping somebody, it’s like ‘what am I doing?’” she said. “What’s my purpose then?”