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Eke Agbai, Student

Since coming to the U.S. from Nigeria, Eke has embraced many opportunities at HCC.

Eke was inquisitive from a young age. “My mother said I broke all the clocks in our home,” recalls the future computer science major. “I was keen on trying to figure out how things work.” At the age of 16, Eke moved from Nigeria to London, but found it difficult to find his path in life. His brother, who was living in Maryland at the time, told him about his own experiences at HCC and urged Eke to join him. Since coming to the college, Eke has embraced many opportunities, including traveling to Denver for Alternative Winter Break with the Center for Service Learning, serving on the leadership team with the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, operating as treasurer for the National Society for Black Engineers, and tutoring students in English, math and psychology as a peer leader. He is also a recipient of the Hamel Scholarship, provided by Hamel Builders. After graduating with his associate degree in general studies, Eke hopes to intern with a large computer science company before pursuing his bachelor’s degree. Eke one day plans to return to Nigeria. “The people there are still using bookkeepers and paper time cards,” he says. “I want to help improve the economy and business processes.”

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