Meet a Retriever—Adeola Ojomo, sociology major and academic peer advocate

Published: Mar 13, 2023

A woman in a gray UMBC t-shirt stands in front of a desk where she acts as an academic peer advocate.
Meet Adeola Ojomo, a sophomore sociology major who started working on campus helping other students as an academic peer advocate (APA) after being inspired by another APA who helped her with some excellent advice. Take it away, Adeola!

Q: Tell us about yourself. What’s one essential thing you’d want another Retriever to know about you?

A: My name is Adeola Ojomo and I work at the Academic Success Center as an academic peer advocate. Some activities I enjoy outside of school include Tai Chi and gardening. I’m also a music lover! I can vibe with music from any decade and genre.

Q: What’s the one thing you’d want someone who hasn’t joined the UMBC community to know about the support you find here?

A: The support is plentiful and there are people with different experiences who are relatable. UMBC is a loving community that enables students to strive for alignment with their goals and fulfillment.

A woman wearing sunglasses smiles at the camera. She is an academic peer advocate.
Her future’s so bright, she has to wear shades. Photo courtesy of Adeola Ojomo.

Q: Tell us about what you love about your academic program or an organization you’re involved in.

A: As an academic peer advocate (APA), I help students navigate campus resources. That involves me assisting students with study skills, time management, motivation, etc. It was a former APA (Rachael Joslow) who piqued my interest in becoming an APA when I spoke with her in the fall of 2021. When I planned to take two winter classes my first year, she recommended I only take one class at that time to avoid burnout and enjoy the learning process. I finished with a 4.0 winter GPA, and I’m so grateful for her advice because I realized that I could take my time with courses. 

I became an APA in fall 2022 and the experience has been amazing so far. Being an APA at the Academic Success Center gives me the confidence and reassurance that UMBC truly cares about academic and career success. The program values the overall well-being of others and has a welcoming atmosphere.

Being an APA at the Academic Success Center gives me the confidence and reassurance that UMBC truly cares about academic and career success. The program values the overall well-being of others and has a welcoming atmosphere.

Adeola Ojomo

Sociology major and Academic Peer Advocate

Q: What clubs, teams, or organizations are you a part of? What do you love about them?

A: I’m involved in meditation at UMBC and the Sociology Society as a general body member. I love the fact the organizations I’m in reflect my personality and bring me out of my comfort zone when it comes to conversing with other people.

Q: How has receiving a scholarship allowed you to embrace your time at UMBC?

A: I’m extremely grateful for the chance to have a scholarship because I can focus on academics and socializing. I would tell people to enjoy the journey and cherish every moment because these years go by fast, and it’s always beneficial to have friends who are willing to experience the highs and lows of college. Balance is attainable.

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UMBC’s greatest strength is its people. When people meet Retrievers and hear about the passion they bring, the relationships they create, the ways they support each other, and the commitment they have to inclusive excellence, they truly get a sense of our community. That’s what “Meet a Retriever” is all about.

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