Prepared by Naomi Ahmad, Volunteer, Global Hamilton Connect.
Ehima Osazuwa moved from Nigeria to Canada more than five years ago. He is now the President of the McMaster Students Union and is a key figure driving change in Hamilton. Here is Ehima’s Hamilton story.
“When I first came to Hamilton as an international student, I thought the city was perfect – it was not too big, yet it is not too small and isolated like other cities. Moving to a new city is always a challenge. At first, I found that the transit in Hamilton was difficult to navigate, however, I had friends who had been here longer than I had been and they were kind enough to help me settle in.
While studying at McMaster University, I was looking for a way to get more involved in Hamilton and the opportunity to run for the president of McMaster Students Union opened up for me. I was interested in this opportunity, as the position allowed one to bring about positive changes to improve the lives of students. I decided to give this a shot and ran for presidency.
In 2015, I became the president of the McMaster Students Union. In my role, represent over 22,000 full time undergraduate students at McMaster University. I am glad to be able to say that I look out for the welfare of students and have been able to make positive changes in their lives.
I encourage others to take a chance with various leadership positions. There is no harm in trying out something new, the worst that can come out of it is that you will figure out what you do not like. The best that will happen is that you will find something that you are truly passionate about. Getting involved in extra-curricular activities – whether it’s with a sports team, student government, a club, or within the greater Hamilton community – is the best way to develop skills. There are numerous opportunities here at McMaster University and at Hamilton for you to grow as a person, have fun, and positively impact the lives of others.
Hamilton is a city with so much potential and great places to visit. My advice to other international students is, explore Hamilton!
Whether it is one of the numerous waterfalls it has, the city’s vibrant nightlife or the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, there is something for everyone in the city to experience. I have had great memories in Hamilton but some of the best ones were of soccer matches at the Pan-Am Games hosted by the city. I was fortunate enough to attend a few of the games. The atmosphere in the stadium was mesmerizing and electric.
I have now graduated from the Chemical Engineering and Management program at McMaster University. I chose my program because I was always fascinated in improving the world by building and inventing things. Engineering offered me the chance to do so. In the future, I would love to pursue a career in politics, engineering or management. All that matters to me is that I am doing something I am passionate about and leaving a positive impact in the lives of people.”
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