A brilliant Nigerian woman identified as Chioma Onwuchekwa has bagged her Doctorate Degree in the United States after studying for 11 straight years across Africa, Europe and America.
Chioma who celebrated her academic success through her Linkedin started her educational journey at Covenant Univerity, South-West Nigeria, where she bagged a Bachelor’s Degree with First Class honours (Overall Best Student) in Industrial Chemistry.
According to the lady, after her Bachelor’s Degree program, she proceeded to the Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland to complete her Master’s Degree in Energy & Environmental Management.
Upon the completion of her Master’s Degree in Scotland, Chioma moved to the United States to enroll for her PhD Degree.
After 11 years of moving across three different countries, she was finally awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in Environmental Sciences by the Tennessee Technological University, Tennessee, United States.
Read her story below:
“11 years of higher Ed schooling, 3 degeees and 3 continents later, here I am!
“2011- BSc Industrial Chemistry
2014-MSc Energy & Environmental Mgt
2022-PhD Environmental Sciences-Chemistry.
“Here’s a little back story- I started my PhD Fall 2017 and graduated 6th May, 2022. Boy oh boy, did life throw curve balls!It surely was neither an easy nor a linear journey and things hardly went as planned. If I had a penny for every time I thought of quitting, I just may be able to retire now, haha!
“The good: I PhinisheD, made great friends now turned family and connections along the way, interned with a great company, picked up diverse skill set and had an amazing support system.
“The flip side: Covid stalled my research by nearly 2 years, waited about 10months for the new instruments needed for my work and finally when they’d been delivered, these instruments broke down on me one by one and eventually, all four LC-MS instruments were broken AT THE SAME TIME!!!!
“The sad: my mom passed away right after Christmas of 2020 and it broke me! Mama, your girl made it 🥺🥺!
“I’m grateful for my family, amazing advisor Dr. Tammy Boles, friends and grateful to God!“
In a follow-up post, Chioma revealed she now works as an Environmental Strategy Specialist in Cummins, a huge Motor Vehicle Manufacturing Company in Columbus, Indiana.
In her words: “I’m happy to share that I’m starting a new position as Environmental Strategy Specialist at Cummins Inc.!“
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