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Ohio Wesleyan student spends summer teaching math and computer science

By Ohio Wesleyan University

Last name: I love Ayinde ’23
Hometown: Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria
Majors: Computer Science and Quantitative Economics
OWU Login Live: Summer on the Cuyahoga, REACH Program

Ayinde spent the summer teaching math and computer science to college boys in Hunting Valley, Ohio. His work was part of the REACH initiative, an enrichment program for talented young African-American men in college and undergraduates. Ayinde’s mentor was Terry Lipford IIthe director of the REACH program.

Ayinde said her job involves creating “a well-detailed lesson plan,” teaching math/introduction to computing (coding) to seventh graders, and organizing and supervising recreational activities.

Love Ayinde ’23 said his favorite part of teaching was when he knew his students fully understood a lesson and were able to apply their new knowledge. (Photo by Angelo Merendino)

My favorite moment

“My favorite moment has always been when the student understands and can solve multiple problems no matter how I twist it. I appreciate their ‘oh yeah, now I get it’ emotions.

“Another memorable moment was when a student came to ask me for more problems not because it was easy but because he wanted to be my best student and surpass the current best.”

Lessons learned

“I learned that there are very different ways of observing the lesson, and also different ways of expressing it and that no student is the same.

“Also, if students keep asking questions, it only improves their knowledge of the subject, and I should never hesitate to ask questions. Instead, I should always write them down and think about how I perceive the answers when given.

“I also learned that I have a passion for teaching (tutoring), but I’m much better with a small group of students and I certainly don’t like large groups.

“I’ve also benefited from working alongside OWU’s Career Connection Office…helping me prepare for interviews, motivating me to apply for internships, and occasionally guiding me to think about my plan for the future.”

My experience in Cleveland

Ayinde’s internship was coordinated by the Summer on the Cuyahoga program, which aims to show promising students from nine US colleges and universities what the northeast region of Ohio has to offer.

“Cleveland was a great place to live and definitely an open place for graduate students.

“My favorite experience was at a food event hosted by the pastor of the church I attended. I had a great time. We had wonderful discussions and he also introduced me to any his extended family as if I were one of them.

My plans after graduation

“My plan is more likely in God’s hands. I want to get a job, more based on me working with data and using my computer skills to understand the small steps of what’s going on, and using my quantitative economics skills to analyze the view of set of data I’m working on.

“Another possibility is that I continue my studies and do a master’s program in data analysis, quantitative economics.”

Why I Chose Ohio Wesleyan

“I attended Ohio Wesleyan because of its small number of students in a class, which allows for one-on-one meetings with faculty.”

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