Meet OMED Student Ambassador Oladipupo Johnson

How are you connected to the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion (CSDI)?

I was first introduced to CSDI as a freshman through OMED’s Challenge program. Since then, I have been an Edge Leader, Student Ambassador, Challenge Counselor, and Challenge Head TA with OMED.

What advice would you give to students on succeeding academically at Georgia Tech? 

It is important to know yourself and gauge the expectations of your classes. Making small extra efforts go a long way in being successful academically at Tech. Go to office hours, and do not skip class. If you don’t understand a concept, keep trying, and don’t give up.

What advice would you give to students on acclimating socially to Georgia Tech? 

Georgia Tech has almost any social club that you could want, and if it doesn’t, there is a chance for you to make your own. It is important to know what you value in your relationships and use that to gauge your choice of social circles. Do not be afraid to try a club that you are even remotely interested in, it might just be the perfect spot for you. However, you never know unless you try. Being respectful and keeping an open mind will definitely make acclimating socially a very enjoyable experience at Georgia Tech.

Where have you worked while at Georgia Tech, and what did you enjoy about that experience? 

I have worked at Cummins Inc. My dream coming into Tech was to understand how an engine works in the hope of one day designing one myself. Cummins Inc. gave me a great sense of what I needed to achieve this. Aside from the technical skills, the people in the company are absolutely amazing. I went sky diving for the first time with some co-workers and even rediscovered my passion for music because I was encouraged by a co-worker.

What has been your favorite Georgia Tech experience? 

My favorite Tech experience was definitely hosting Taste of Africa (TOA). This annual show by the African Student Association really made me appreciate my Nigerian heritage and culture. TOA allowed me to share such a significant part of who I am with the Tech community, and the returned love and acceptance I received from the community made the experience worthwhile.

What are you involved with on campus, and why?

I am involved with African Student Association because it is my responsibility to spread the knowledge of my culture to the Tech community. I am on the board of the National Society of Black Engineers because this organization connected me with Cummins Inc., and I want to ensure other engineers of African descent at Tech can have the same opportunity. I am a member of Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity because I know it is important to be business-savvy in order to thrive financially and professionally in the working community. I am also a member of various other black student organizations as well as the Georgia Tech motorsports racing team.

What has been your study abroad experience while at Georgia Tech?

I had the privilege to study abroad at Georgia Tech Lorraine. My experience was nothing short of amazing. Being immersed into a different culture and language for an entire semester was amazing. I was able to experience French, German, and Dutch cultures in a way that I would never have been able to do by myself. I truly feel like a well-rounded student because of my study abroad experience.