TRIO alumni Afeez Sodeind standing outside a busy campus center

Get to know a few of NHCC's past and present TRIO members. Introducing, Afeez Sodeinde!

To start off, could you tell us a little bit about your background?

I was born and grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. I moved to Minnesota in the summer of 2015 and started classes at North Hennepin in the fall. I chose to attend North Hennepin, because I thought a community college would be a good way to start higher education while I was still trying to get used to a new country.

When did you graduate from NHCC and what was your major? 

I officially graduated from North Hennepin in 2019. You'll notice that this took 4 years, because I was co-enrolled in the partnership program with Bemidji State University from 2017. When I graduated from NHCC, I graduated with associates and a bachelor's degree in Biology.

Why did you choose to get involved with the TRIO program?

While I was still figuring out my interests, I realized I needed all the support I could get. I joined TRIO because of the community with other students, the advisors, and the tutors.

What did you learn throughout your TRIO experience and how did it impact you?

I learned throughout my TRIO experience, that being part of a community could impact my success in school. Meeting with my advisor at the beginning of every semester was important. I learned to create a long-term plan for graduation and set goals for each semester.

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