'Cor' Story: Pre-Med Biology Major Seeks to Help Vulnerable Populations

'Cor' Story: Pre-Med Biology Major Seeks to Help Vulnerable Populations

 

The University of Dallas Cor Fund provides scholarships to hundreds of UD students. Over the next several weeks, we will share some of their stories. Donations to the Cor Fund come from alumni, parents and friends of UD.

Arinzechukwu "Michael" Obegolu, BA '17, wants to become a doctor to take care of people. There are so many who are dying, deprived of medical services or the finances to obtain them, and he wants to help make life more manageable for these people. He specifically wants to work with children or women because he believes they are the most vulnerable.

Obegolu moved to the Dallas area from Nigeria with his family just a few years ago. He is a biology/pre-med major with a Spanish concentration. He received a Spanish scholarship from the Modern Languages Department, and in fulfilling the course requirements for his scholarship decided it made sense to go ahead and make Spanish his concentration. He believes this will be a help to him in the medical world; as a physician in the United States, knowing Spanish is a definite "thumbs-up" on a resume.

With his UD education, Obegolu hopes to continue on to medical school and eventually be licensed to practice either pediatrics or gynecology. He wants to have an impact, to improve people's lives.

"Wherever God calls me to be, I will go," Obegolu said.

Obegolu and his parents came across UD while searching for colleges.

"The more I read about this college, the more I began to fall in love with it," Obegolu said. "Being brought up in a Catholic family, I knew that UD would help me become more devoted to my faith. When I visited the campus, I was so amazed at how nice and friendly the students and staff were. I was also impressed by the biology program and captivated by the Core curriculum and Rome Program."

Obegolu is also an altar server in the Church of the Incarnation.

"Serving at Mass helps me to be an active participant in the Church and maintain a strong relationship with God," Obegolu said.

Obegolu is the Madonna Hall president in the Residence Hall Association (RHA), so he plans social events for Madonna and encourages a sense of community and belonging among his fellow residents, as well as helping with campus-wide events such as a self-defense seminar, the Halloween party and Winter Cotillion. Other campus organizations in which Obegolu participates are the Pre-Health Society and the International Students Association.

Obegolu's Spanish scholarship, which originated in the Cor Fund, helped pave his way to UD; hopefully his UD education will someday help pave the way to more and better medical care for children and women.

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