Omoju's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    TEACH Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Berkeley, CA

OMOJU MILLER

Software Technologist
Google.Org & UC Berkeley

“Take a deep breath and tell your feet to move, and your feet will move.”

INTERESTS:

Education Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Confidence Courage Instincts Passion Failure Risk Struggle Experience Transitions Character Choices Community Culture Fear Self-Reflection Education Focus

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

baby steps, computer science, courage, discovery, education, failure, fashion, google, internet, online, optimism, parents, passion, pressure, problem solver, problem solving, small steps, Star Wars, undergrad, unsure

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley; studies human cognition-how people reason and learn.
  • Grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, where they never had a constant power supply.
  • Because there was no power, she didn't spend time watching TV, and she had to "invent" her play-that forces you into "maker mode."
  • Always liked studying how people learn; believes the best way to educate people is by teaching them how to educate themselves.
  • Says it took her a while to jump into one thing-"it was like when you go to the beach and you put your little toe in," but now she's "fully immersed."
  • Huge Star Wars fan; says she honestly chose UC Berkeley so she could be closer to Skywalker Ranch.
  • When she was younger, she chickened out of going to a huge conference where she could've met some of her film and computer graphics heroes.
  • After that, she started taking baby steps-speaking at a computer education day, going to small conferences-and now major engagements don't intimidate her.

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