Snapshot: JohnBosco Chika Chukwuorji (Fulbright Nigeria, 2019/20)
In Mr. Obama, I see the beauty of the American society as a land of equal opportunity and freedom to be the best you can be
The connection that has made the biggest impact on my Fulbright experience to date is Dr Ilya Yaroslavsky. I am in Cleveland State University (CSU) because Dr Yaroslavsky [agreed] to work with me when Dr Eric S. Allard (my university advisor) approached him about my Fulbright application. Dr Yaroslavsky has included me in several research projects and training programs which have been helpful to me in my professional development and career. There is also a possibility we may collaborate on other projects in the future, even after my Fulbright experience.
Most people do not know that I left the seminary [to become] a teacher. My high school education was in a Catholic minor seminary. Afterwards, I was posted for a one-year apostolic work as an auxiliary teacher in another minor seminary and I enjoyed the experience. My family [wanted me to move] to the major seminary to pursue a priestly vocation after that apostolic work, but I had discovered that school teaching was my calling, and not the ministerial priesthood.
If I could have dinner with any famous person it would be Barack H. Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America. In Mr. Obama, I see the beauty of the American society as a land of equal opportunity and freedom to be the best you can be.
JohnBosco Chika Chukwuorji is a 2019-2020 Fulbright Visiting Researcher at Cleveland State University, where he studies the relationship between emotion regulation and risk of depression in victims of childhood sexual abuse. He is from Nenwe, in Aninri, Enugu, southeast Nigeria. JohnBosco holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nigeria, and is currently working on his PhD in Clinical Psychology. Upon returning to Nigeria, he plans to continue doing what he loves (teaching), and acquire research equipment, software and materials like those at Cleveland State so that he can train his colleagues and students to use them in their own psychophysiological research.