UHV freshman enjoys staying busy, getting involved in leadership

Moses Olukoya

University of Houston-Victoria freshman Moses Olukoya maintains a busy schedule, but that’s just fine with him.

When he isn’t in class, the biology major fills his days with the UHV Student Senate’s freshman committee, his job with the university Information Technology Department and assisting students in new his role as a Jaguar Hall resident adviser.

“I guess you could say I’m kind of busy,” he said with a laugh. “But it’s good. I like it.”

A packed calendar is nothing new to the Houston native.

He maintained leadership positions throughout high school in organizations such as choir, student council and Health Occupations Students of America. During his first semester at UHV, he joined Jaguar Hall’s community council, where he represented the residents, and also became a member of the food advisory committee, where he critiqued the cafeteria’s food and offered up ideas for future menus.

The 18-year-old enjoys holding leadership roles because it means he has a chance to bring change in issues he cares about.

“Members can suggest things,” he said. “But the people in charge kind of push things and fight for what they want. I like to be involved. I always have.”

Although he might keep busy, Olukoya still makes time for movies, friends and other college activities.

Olukoya is enjoying his first year at UHV and even unexpected surprises have created lasting memories. The residence hall wasn’t quite complete at the beginning of the year, for instance, so students were housed in hotel rooms.

“It was actually a good bonding experience,” he said. “I met a lot of people then who I might not have talked to otherwise. So far, it’s been really good.”

Looking ahead, Olukoya hopes to enter medical school after graduation. Although he’s considered several options – anesthesiology and ophthalmology, for instance – he isn’t quite sure which area of medicine he plans to pursue.

In the near future, he plans to continue with his many activities, as long as he is able to maintain his grades.

“Last semester, I made the Dean’s List,” he said. “I want to keep it up. Hopefully, I can do it.”

Olukoya advised other students looking to get involved to join organizations that have meaning to them.

“Find something that you’re passionate about and get involved,” he said. “Chances are, if you’re passionate about it, you’ll probably always enjoy what you’re doing.”

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The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Allison Miles 361-570-4342