Bedford Public Schools Black Excellence Series: Ogo Nwodoh, Class of 2014

This is a portion of the weekly Superintendent’s Update by Cliff Chuang mailed to Bedford Public School community on Friday, March 8. Please find this week’s full issue of Superintendent’s Update and back issues at bedfordps.org.

Note: This is part of an ongoing series of pieces highlighting the stories of BPS alums, taking us into and out of Black History Month in February, highlighted on this BPS Black Excellence Site put together by Lisa Morrison, JGMS STEM teacher.

Hello! My name is Ogo and I grew up in Bedford, MA. I am currently a Software Engineer at Duolingo which is something that I never would have expected when I graduated high school

After taking Mrs. Morrison’s biology class at Bedford High, I really grew to love the subject matter and thought that I was going to major in biochemistry in college. When I started undergrad at Barnard College, I took a chemistry class for the biochemistry major and did not do well in the class. After almost failing the class I decided to not pursue biochemistry. I was lost for a little bit and didn’t know what I was going to major in.

I randomly decided to take an Intro to Computer Science course because multiple people had told me to take the course. It was overwhelming at first to try a new subject matter, but I ended up loving it and doing really well in the course. I continued to take computer science courses and ultimately ended up majoring in it. Before I graduated I got the chance to intern at Goldman Sachs and Meta (formerly Facebook). After I graduated with a degree in computer science, I worked at Meta for 4 years and recently started a new job at Duolingo.

I would advise people to try new subjects even though they don’t know much about them! You never know what will interest you and you may be good at something even though you’re new to it.

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