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Feb. 15, 2022

I'm Ayokunle, and I am a Spartan

February 15, 2022


Michigan State University biosystems engineering senior Ayokunle Osofisan is following in his father’s footsteps while also charting his own path.

Osofisan’s father immigrated from Nigeria to the United States at age 18 and completed his premed degree at MSU, later becoming a cardiologist. Osofisan was also drawn to MSU, but to pursue his lifelong interest in sustainability.

“My parents always tell me they’re proud that I am creating my own path in life and working toward a career in what I am most passionate about,” says Osofisan, who is pursuing a double major in biosystems engineering and zoology, with a concentration in marine biology. “I am constantly inspired by how my dad came to America at such a young age with no support system and worked hard to be successful in a country he barely knew.”

Osofisan is on a mission to create a more sustainable world, especially its oceans.

“As a student focused on sustainable development, connecting with other students with the same passions as me has truly made MSU feel like a home. From becoming president of the Student Greenhouse Project to holding a seat on the Student Sustainability Council, I have found a strong sense of community at MSU and a place I feel like I belong.”


Kalil Olsen at Spartan Stadium holding a mellophone

By: Meredith Mescher and Deon Foster