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Victor Omoayo ’02

 

Victor Omoayo ’02

victor omoayo 006 - final3Victor Omoayo ’02 (Mount Pleasant High School) earned a B.A. in Journalism with a minor in Communications from the University of Rhode Island in 2006. He then went on to graduate school at Emerson College, where he earned an M.A. in Visual Media Arts in 2009. He has worked most recently as a Communication Studies tutor for URI’s Talent Development program and as an assistant teacher in The College Crusade’s Media Literacy program for high school students. “Writing has always been a passion of mine,” says Victor. “I enjoyed the challenge of teaching Crusaders, formulating lesson plans, and engaging the students to think critically and examine their media consumption more thoughtfully.”

 

Victor’s best memories as a Crusader are from his senior year of high school. “My advisor was Leo Rios, a charismatic and dedicated guy whose enthusiasm gave me motivation to press forward academically,” he says. “Yadira Garcia was another helpful advisor. I remember going on college campus tours at URI, Northeastern University, Boston College, and Boston University. Along with a few other Crusaders, we also went to a youth conference in Orlando, Florida. These were awesome experiences. The campus tours were excellent in putting a tangible face to the goal of attending college.”

 

Victor has great advice for high school Crusaders who are starting college this fall. “The first and most important thing to learn is that you must push yourself academically,” he says. “Typically, many students are used to being pushed along by their teachers, parents, and other figures in their studies. Once you enter the college classroom, there is no one to continually be on your case to get your work done. While you do have various sources of support as a student, from academic advisors and the like, they can only show you the door. It is you that has to walk through it.” For Victor, getting involved with various campus organizations, such as URI’s NAACP chapter and Cape Verdean Students Association, was an important aspect of campus life. “Meeting other students who held unique ideas and perceptions was immensely beneficial to me,” he says. He recommends that Crusaders find groups that reflect their interests and passions and groups that stretch them beyond their comfort zone.

 

“College is what you make it,” he says. “The classroom is only 50 percent of the overall experience. The people you associate yourself with are perhaps the most direct and impactful influences of your own perceptions and feelings towards your own journey. If you hang with those who denigrate and bemoan their own experiences, chances are that you may likely follow suit. Likewise, those students who show a level of enthusiasm could influence you more positively. Who you are when you enter college, and who you are leaving college, are two different individuals. You will grow in ways you have yet to conceive, intellectually, emotionally, culturally.”

 

In his free time, Victor loves to watch and analyze cinema, and he writes essays about films that have moved him in a significant way. He is also a lifelong videogamer and keeps his eye on the emerging field of ludology, which is the critical study of videogames.

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