The real test of a high school education is how it plays out afterward. CAN graduates are successful, hardworking, and are making contributions in diverse fields. Here are just a few of the many paths taken by Concept Alumni.

Alumni Spotlight
(Week of Nov 30, 2015)

Winifred Obanor

Winifred Obanor is an Alumna of Chicago Math and Science Academy (CMSA), Class of 2013. Currently, Winifred is studying English and Public Health at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

Briefly, describe your career path.
My career path as of now is earning my Bachelor’s degree in English and Public Health with a minor in Policy Work. I plan on applying to the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Graduate school of Public Health because it is a key research school that believes in student-led research work and growth. I would like to join their master’s program studying Health Policy and Administration and Business to retain both an MPH degree as well as an MBA.
What are you passionate about in your work/school?
I am currently studying English and Public Health at UIC as I hope to earn a dual degree and change public policies that limit the impact of health care. I am passionate about seeing public health work be done, especially as it relates to underrepresented, financially unstable individuals globally.
Where is your career headed?
I would like to see myself one day building health corporations “Hospitals and Clinics” in the United States, but also in impoverished nations that lack structured, quality health systems.
How has your Concept Schools experience helped shape your success?
My Concept School experience has shaped my success thus far by teaching me how to cultivate good relationships with diverse kinds of people especially when it is for a common goal.
How are you a game changer? Or, how are you making a positive impact in your community?
I believe I am a game changer because I think differently and I genuinely care about seeing people’s lives be changed for the better. I am making a positive impact on my community because I am already volunteering at hospitals to see how they run, the ethics behind patient care and how to build a global hospital that impacts and benefits the world. I am also currently working on projects with a team on two different NSF funded grants that are intended to bridge some health disparity gaps and help improve minority, specifically African American, teenage outlook on life.
What is the most amazing or interesting thing that’s happened to you since graduating?
The most interesting thing that happened to me since I graduated was being placed at an internship site where I met some phenomenal people in the public health sphere that helped mold my dreams into something that I am expectant and praying to give birth to.
Your favorite Concept Schools memory?
My favorite Concept Schools memory was with the IMP group (Ivy League Mentorship Program) and how we went to different Ivy League schools to see the possibilities out there. I also loved participating in the science fairs in Cleveland, Ohio.
How do you support and participate in the Concept Alumni?
I try to attend Concept events. I refer students to the school and still have strong relationships with students from my cohort and other years as well. I appreciate all Concept Schools did for me. I will always be happy to come back and talk to students to tell them about my experiences and encourage them to accomplish their goals.

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