Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hey there! My name is Chinazam Igwe, but my friends and family call me Zammie. I’m currently a Grade 10 student at Harrison Trimble High School. Originally from Nigeria, I moved to Canada in 2019. Passionate about learning and exploring new avenues, I refuse to confine myself to one specific interest.  I express myself through writing and performing spoken word poetry, and recently, I’ve been delving into public speaking with aspirations to become a successful keynote speaker one day. I also play the piano and enjoy traveling in addition meeting new people.

Q: Why do you want to participate in the Shad program/ What are you most looking forward to?

I’m excited about participating in the Shad program as it presents an opportunity to connect and bond with like-minded students from across Canada and learn from experienced professionals on a university campus. I’m eager to explore my interests in tech, engineering, and entrepreneurship, while also being open to fields I’m less confident in, like biology, which I have decided to take next year because I see it as a gateway to explore tech in a different light. Particularly, how it relates to bringing innovative solutions to cancer treatment, which holds personal significance. 

Q: What motivates or sparks your curiosity in STEAM and/or entrepreneurship?   

My curiosity in STEAM and entrepreneurship stems from a blend of interests in social sciences, history, and global issues. As I was a curious kid, I’ve always enjoyed problem-solving and critical thinking, so aligning STEAM and entrepreneurship with social development and impact is what excites me the most. I didn’t really see myself in STEAM until last summer when I worked full time teaching young kids coding and other digital skills at Brilliant Labs. It was an impactful experience, especially when I was working   with Black and newcomer youth because I made it my mission to make them feel seen and valued. For me, it all goes back to community and that’s what drives me.

Q: How do you envision your future?

I envision my future as a non-linear journey, not confined to a single career path. While I plan to pursue a bachelor’s in computer engineering, specializing in developing tech or robotic systems to improve the lives of marginalized communities and access to natural resources, like water, I also aspire to own a socially driven startup or business. Writing will remain a significant part of my life, with hopes of becoming a published author. Overall, I see myself continually evolving both personally and professionally, utilizing my skills to contribute to a more equitable and sustainable world by igniting good in my community. 

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