Emmanuel was accepted to Princeton, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Brown, Duke, Johns Hopkins, NYU and the University of Rochester, Emmanuel plans to major in biology and become a doctor.
Emmanuel Odekunle is an industrious, multi-talented senior at Bloomfield High School. When he is not studying for a test or working on a special project for an AP class, he is prepping for the spring production and learning his acting lines and dance steps!
Accepted to Princeton, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Brown, Duke, Johns Hopkins, NYU and the University of Rochester, Emmanuel plans to major in biology and become a doctor. He says things would have been very different for him without the funds from the Bloomfield Educational Foundation’s Pride in Educational Excellence Campaign. Born in Nigeria and moving with his family to Scotland before coming to the U.S., he has a younger brother, a sophomore, and a sister in seventh grade. Emmanuel is grateful for the Bloomfield Educational Foundation’s Bengal Pride in Educational Excellence contributions which have allowed him to take as many AP classes and tests as he wished, at an average of cost of $90 per test. In junior year, he took AP Statistics, AP Language and Composition, AP US History and AP Physics. This year he is enrolled in AP Literature and Composition, AP Biology, AP Computer Science and AP Calculus. He scored high enough on his junior tests to gain college credits and is hoping to do the same this year.
“These opportunities have helped me grow to be experimental and diligent in my approach to life and success so that I may empower and inspire those around me. My time management skills are sharper and I feel ready for the vigor’s of a university classroom,” he noted.
To prepare for his medical school career, Emmanuel was accepted to shadow at Bronx Lebanon Hospital over the winter break of 2018. There, he sat in with doctors and assisted with daily patient checkups. While there, he saw firsthand how vital technology was to the patients’ care. This experience has him now thinking about a double major in biology and computer science. With both disciplines, he is hoping to integrate more computer science into the medical world. His newly created website, Connected Medicine, highlights advances in technology and medicine, and his blog reaches over 100 readers each month. He expects this will grow as so many are searching for this information.
“I know there are many underserved countries without access to tools and medicine. It is my hope to bring them information about advancements in technology to improve their quality of life. He is also concerned about the health of children locally. Over the summers, Emmanuel has volunteered at Hackensack Meridian Hospital and with the Charles Seller Foundation, where he raised funds for young children in Bloomfield who were ill. He says membership in his church, Winners Chapel International in Maplewood, NJ, keeps him motivated to help others. As the elected head of the church’s Youth Technical Department for their NJ branch, he attended meetings and helped with media, videos and a live Facebook page to spread the word about the work the church is doing. In his leadership role with the children’s dance team, he also oversees performances for 1200-1300 congregants weekly.
Emmanuel is a National Honor Society member and the vice president of the BHS Math Club. He and his fellow members set up tables at Brookdale Shop-Rite and offer math tutoring to elementary school children. Emmanuel says it is rewarding to help students understand a concept or become more proficient at problem solving. His other passion is the BHS Theater Department. He appeared in “The Pajama Game” as a freshman, “The Wiz” as a sophomore, and “Cinderella” as a senior. He plans on keeping dance and the theater as a part of his college life. His goal is to open a practice in a large city and then move to a rural area of the United States, or maybe a foreign country, to continue his medical career.