Temple Made: Ofo Ezeugwu
Name: Ofo Ezeugwu
School: Fox School of Business
Major: Entrepreneurship, with a minor in Management and Information Systems (MIS)
Home town: Ellicott City, Md.
Why I chose Temple: "I applied to seven schools and got into all seven. Temple wasn't my number one choice. I admit I didn't know much about it, except for the basketball program. But when I came to tour campus, I was here for five minutes and I turned to my mom said, 'I'm coming to Temple University.' What happened in that five minutes? I saw the Independence Blue Cross Recreation Center, Avenue North, Alter Hall, the Student Center — I just felt it was really cool. But it was more than that. There were so many people on campus. I saw the diversity — different kinds of people, different styles. That really called to me. My high school was diverse, but people tended to stick to themselves. Here at Temple, I saw people interacting. When the tour got to Alter Hall, they explained how strong Temple's business and entrepreneurship programs are. I did my own research at home, and I saw that the MIS and entrepreneurship programs were ranked up there among the best in the nation. It just was a perfect match."
Transformative moment: "The leadership opportunities I've had at Temple have transformed my life. I'm vice president of external affairs for Temple Student Government. I help us reach outside of Temple University (with projects like the Kids-to-College program) and I help us communicate with students.
"A lot of people don't understand how much work goes into it. It's a major time commitment — at least 20 hours a week. Between schoolwork and Temple Student Government responsibilities, there's not much time in the day for yourself. But you get enjoyment from helping other people. Representing Temple students is so important to me. It doesn't feel like work. I'm able to walk around with a smile on my face, because this is what I love doing.
"I've learned so much from being involved in Temple Student Government: how to run a meeting, how to set an agenda, how to send an email, how to take a meeting with an administrator. I've learned how important it is to effectively run a team. I've learned about delegating authority and being on time. We can take those things we've learned from our leadership experiences here and use them anywhere. My friend David Lopez, who is Temple Student Government president, is a political science major; he used those skills in his White House internship. My fellow vice president Julian Hamer, she is a broadcast major, and she can use those skills when it comes to running a camera team or asking the right questions in an interview. And as an entrepreneur, I use the skills I learned in Temple Student Government every day."