Michael Megafu ‘16

Michael MegafuBiology Major
Chemistry Minor

"I always was interested in [SJC] because of the close-knit, family-oriented community. In attending the orientations and open houses, there was always the vibe of community. The people here at St. Joseph's were friendly, outgoing and well-spirited. With these qualities, along with the financial aid packages, I decided to attend SJC.

"I decided to go into biology in order to become an orthopedic surgeon that specializes in sports medicine and pediatrics. Being a young kid, I was always good at the sciences as well as math. As time progressed, my passion for science intensified and I fixed my mind on becoming a doctor.

"My parents, working in the medical field as a nurse (mom) and a public health advisor (dad), have influenced me greatly along with internships and personal reasoning to go into this career field.

"The people here at St. Joseph's were friendly, outgoing and well-spirited. With these qualities, along with the financial aid packages, I decided to attend SJC."

"My dream job as a kid was to be a math and science teacher. Over the years, I began to grow more passion in the sciences and dreamed of teaching it. However, I grew such a passion for the sciences that it made me change my mind from becoming a teacher to a doctor. In addition, I realized that I can fulfill my dream as a science teacher by becoming a teaching physician. Therefore, I currently aspire to become a teaching surgeon."

Who is your favorite SJC professor?

"My favorite professor is Dr. Hanophy because of not only his ability to engage students into the coursework, but because of his versatility. He is a singer and actor for Chapel Players, volunteers his time to sing the national anthem at major events and yet has time to teach students. The fact that he can do these things and yet receive the success in the classroom why he is my favorite professor. "

Favorite book? Quote?

"The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell"

"'Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.'"

Who has been the biggest influence on your life?

"The biggest influence on my life has definitely been my parents, because they have taught me the significance and the value of working hard. Coming from Nigeria, it was not easy for them to live here and work, but the dedication, patience and commitment they have rendered to each other and my brothers and I has placed in a place that I can say is comfortable and enjoyable. Therefore, without their support and their steadfastness in working hard, I will not be the person I am today. Thus, they are my biggest influence."

Have you been a part of any service activities that were meaningful to you?

"I remember an Honors event whereby I volunteered to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and give it to the homeless. We got the opportunity to create the sandwiches and serve as blessings to others as we gave these homeless people the sandwiches. It just reminded me that anything can happen to anyone, and thus we should always value the opportunities we have and be grateful for them accordingly."

If you had to give one reason for a student to choose St. Joseph’s College, what would it be?

"If I had to give a reason, I will tell the student that you will never have to bring lunch to school, because every event at the school gives free food. In all seriousness though, I will tell the student that St. Joseph's College treats each student with respect and as a member of a family, whereas other schools treat each student as a statistic."

Aside from earning a degree and getting a job, what do you hope to get out of your time at SJC?

"I hope to establish a better network in terms of my friends and help better myself as a person. I also hope to make connections with other people and keep in touch with these people throughout the next stages of my life after SJC."

What do you do in your spare time?

"I love to play basketball and play the piano. In my spare time, I go to church, learn other instruments like the bass guitar, trumpet and the clarinet, and play video games."