From Youth Service To Cornell Johnson: Remarkable Story Of A QS Scholarship Winner

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  1. Samguine

    Samguine Social Member Curators

    By: Mike Grill

    QS Community Scholarship winner, Kelechi Ezeozue, talks about his year of youth service in rural Nigeria, and his plans for the MBA.


    Kelechi Ezeozue is one of the recipients of a QS Community Scholarship in 2016 for his essay on the challenges, struggles and joys experienced while teaching in rural Nigeria, as part of his country’s national youth service.

    During the time he spent juggling teaching duties in math, English and physics with his role as a guidance counselor, Kelechi managed to help motivate and inspire the children in his classroom. Indeed, he was able to raise test scores by 10% in each term that he was there. His success is an achievement he is very proud of, but the biggest lesson Kelechi learned was through a mistake he made by not truly listening to a student in need of help in their life outside of the classroom.

    The plus points, however, are clear in Kelechi’s mind. “A major highlight of my year of youth service was working with kids from less privileged or disadvantaged backgrounds, and helping them see that they could aspire to become whatever they wanted.”

    Kelechi believes his home country of Nigeria can greatly improve its resilience by diversifying its economy and by not relying solely on exports, such as crude oil, that are so susceptible to fluctuations in market prices. “One of the low hanging fruits that can pay significant dividends in terms of GDP growth and employment is agriculture, and not just harvesting raw materials and exporting which, unfortunately, is what many African countries do,” he explains, adding, “creating a chain of value-added services would drive manufacturing and demand for semi-to-highly-skilled labor and make the country more resilient to fluctuations in commodity prices.”

    These feelings represent an important part of what has led him to the MBA program at the Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management where he aims to combine the, “school’s collective expertise in agriculture, food security, sustainability, hospitality, technology and finance.”

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    Find out more about Kelechi’s ambitions and his plans for the MBA in the Q&A below...

    Why are you pursuing an MBA?

    I have decided to pursue an MBA because I want to have a global vision of how businesses work. I want to learn how to deal with the important business issues that affect organizations and apply the newest management techniques to solve problems. I’m pursuing an MBA not just for the academic knowledge but also for the network, the brand, sharpening my soft skills, improving my critical reasoning and helping me evolve and relate better among people with different academic and cultural backgrounds to my own.

    Why did you feel an MBA was right at this stage of your career and what do you hope the qualification can do for your future career?

    I felt an MBA was right for me at this stage of my career because I planned to make a career switch in line with my mid-to-long-term goals and an MBA would help provide the leverage and opportunities to achieve that.

    What are your plans for after your MBA?

    Post-graduation, I would look to roles in management consulting, preferably with an industrial focus. I find the versatility, networking and client-relation skills stimulating. I would look to leverage my problem-solving experience in the energy exploration field to identify solutions in the broader management consulting context.

    Advice for other MBA scholarship applicants: Do your own research and don’t just rely on the school’s website; Google is your friend…

    · Kelechi Ezeozue is a member of the MBA class of 2018 at Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. He attended a QS World MBA Tour event in Lagos, Nigeria in 2016.

    [ Register for the 2017 QS MBA Tour - Saturday, May 13 2017 ]
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  2. Miss Winner

    Miss Winner New Member

  3. Congratulations

    Good plans

    And don't 4get to stick to your plans.
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  4. David daniel

    David daniel Member


    I pray u utilize this opportunity
  5. Sobrown

    Sobrown Member

    Well-done bros
  6. Idagu Shalom

    Idagu Shalom Member

    Wow. It's always good to be nice and charitable. You never know what opportunity may come your way.
  7. Mercy Egemole

    Mercy Egemole New Member

    Congrat o
  8. Tony Jay

    Tony Jay New Member


    Well done bros
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  9. usen bob

    usen bob New Member

    Weh done
  10. essien praiz

    essien praiz New Member


    Good one rather
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  11. Deastinaoma

    Deastinaoma Member

    Is the scholarship free?
  12. Yahya

    Yahya New Member

  13. Yahya

    Yahya New Member

    I think its free.
  14. Yahya

    Yahya New Member

  15. Nitrogen{N}2

    Nitrogen{N}2 Member

    I love this oooo
  16. Prince Victor

    Prince Victor New Member

  17. blessingdeclan

    blessingdeclan New Member

    Nice one congratulation
  18. rufai samad

    rufai samad New Member

    Big work bro
  19. Mercy Egemole

    Mercy Egemole New Member

  20. Dremo

    Dremo New Member

    Congrat bro