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Discovery assistant leads by example

Ijeoma Nwachukwu, 19, was busy last week helping freshmen in College-in-the-Woods get settled in.

The senior biochem-istry major said shes looking forward to meeting new people and coord-inating a study-buddy program in her new role as a discovery assistant. The 25 DAs, who arrived on campus several weeks ago for special training, help with general academic advising.

Nwachukwu graduated from high school in Nigeria at age 15 before moving to Westchester County with her family. She attended Westchester Community College and then transferred to Binghamton University last year through the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program.

Nwachukwu, who lists genetics and cellular biology among her favorite classes, attended a summer conference at Pennsylvania State University and will go to another this fall in Washington, D.C. She plans to attend medical school and is considering going into pediatrics or neuroscience.

“For my whole life, I have a schedule,” she said. Nigerias medical system is not very efficient, Nwachukwu noted. “That was one of the things that inspired me to be a doctor,” she said. “I would love to go back to Nigeria to practice medicine.”
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Last Updated: 10/14/08