Ayokunle Osofisan, a biosystems engineering senior at Michigan State University, is following in her father’s footsteps while charting her own path.
Osofisan’s father immigrated to the United States from Nigeria when he was 18 and completed his pre-med degree at MSU, later becoming a cardiologist. Osofisan was also drawn to MSU, but to pursue his lifelong interest in sustainability.
“My parents always tell me they’re proud that I’m creating my own path in life and working toward a career in what I’m most passionate about,” says Osofisan, who is pursuing a double major in biosystems engineering and zoology, with a concentration in marine biology. “I am constantly inspired by how my father came to America at such a young age with no support system and worked hard to succeed in a country he barely knew.”
Osofisan is on a mission to create a more sustainable world, especially its oceans.
“As a sustainability-focused student, connecting with other like-minded students has truly made MSU a home. From becoming chair of the Student Greenhouse Project to taking a seat on the Student Sustainability Council , I have found a strong sense of community at MSU and a place where I feel like I belong.