|National Service Scholar Nosa Osai|
Nosa Osai '10 '11 • Illinois Institute of Technology- Stuart School of Business
Why did you decide to join City Year?
I had a history of participating in
community service and in working with
students. I saw City Year as an
opportunity to work within what I was used to in a new city. I stayed on a
second year to further develop my leadership skills and to continue to be a
part of Chicago's new service model. I am passionate about youth and education.
What did you value most about your City Year experience?
That is a hard question, because I
valued a lot! I valued the opportunities that I was presented with. City Year
gives a lot of responsibility to young people, from leading teams, to working
on various projects to creating process and more. That level of responsibility
at our age is hard to come by. I also valued the people, from my teams to my
peers, to the politicians and community.
What are your career aspirations?
My goal is serial entrepreneurship.
I love to start things and to bring people and ideas together. I'm pursuing an
MBA to learn the processes and get the connections that I need in order to make
as few mistakes as possible. Business opportunities are all about risks, and
I've learned the hard way that knowledge minimizes risks!
How did your City Year experience prepare you for graduate school?
While in City Year, I
had the opportunity to network with politicians, business leaders and develop
my professional communication skills. I was able to improve my public speaking
and group leadership through the opportunities that I would have never thought
were available to someone in their early twenties. I still see the effect of
what I gained from City Year beyond the "perks" such as education
awards and scholarships. In March of 2012, I had the opportunity to direct my
first self-written stage play. I used things that I gained from as a team
leader to develop my directing style. In my experience the skills that one can
gain from City Year aretransferablefrom the business world to the
arts world and at every point in between.
Why did you decide to go to graduate school?
I have a lot of interests, and while
it's possible to gain a lot outside of school in this day and age, graduate
school helps with focusing and connecting. I wanted to be able to learn the
basics of what I need to know for business and I wanted to be able to network
and gain access to those who could be pivotal in decision-making down the line.
Graduate school has further grafted me into the pulse of my new hometown's
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