What I'm doing now
Dami: I moved to Lagos in 2015 and have been working as a research analyst for an economic consulting firm. Essentially this involves about 45 hours a week behind a computer, regular TV interviews and heated discussions about economic policy with just about everyone (so don't even bother getting into an economic argument with me - I will finish you! JK!). I am also an active volunteer for an NGO that drives poverty alleviation and economic empowerment in various communities across Africa.
Mjay: I am the Corporate Planner and Researcher for Consolidated Hllmark Insurance Plc. I currently live and work in Lagos, spending many weekends exploring the city of my childhood from an adult perspective.
My best Lancaster memory
Dami: My time in Lancaster is filled with so many fun memories thanks to my Lancaster fam. I remember late nights in the library (doing little reading and a lot of chitchatting!) regular cookouts, sleepovers and all that good stuff!
Mjay: There are so many memories that come to me when I think of my time at Lancaster, but two definitely stand out to me. The first was my first day of Freshers. I moved in several days before my flatmates and was worried that I wouldn't get along with my foreign housemates. But walking into Townsend that evening I was welcomed by a British girl with a jumping hug screaming to say how happy she was to have me in her flat. I wasn't expecting that much love, but was glad I got it. Secondly was the Autumn time away with the Chaplaincy to St. Johns in the Vale. I had never been camping or experienced the Peak District and was very excited, but did not have enough money to go on the trip. The Chaplain thought this was no reason to miss the trip and everyone chipped in a bit to cover the cost and the chaplaincy lent me the appropriate gear. I was so overwhelmed by the show of love and support. And that for me was Lancaster!
What Lancaster means to me
Dami: After 18 years of being within my mother's close reach, my time in Lancaster represented my growing up years. I learnt so much. One of the most important things I learnt was that whilst you have to be tough and persistent, you can barely do much on your own- so it's in your advantage to surround yourself with people moving in the same direction with you. After all, iron sharpens iron!
Mjay: Adventure. I had the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and learn from their experiences without breaking the bank in attempts to physically travel the world.
Why I volunteer as an alumni group co-ordinator
Dami: Those who know me well will tell you that I'm constantly organising shindigs and reunions for my group of friends. I love the idea of coming together over some ice tea, reminiscing about the hit and miss of ACS socials, the days when 18 degrees centigrade was considered 'great weather' and general life in the North West of England. Plus, networking with fellow alumni can be valuable to your career and social life!
Mjay: I met some of the best people in the world during my time at Lancaster, so any opportunity to see them is one I am willing to take up.