“My mother applied for the visa lottery system in Nigeria,” Adeyemo said. “She’d done it on a whim and ended up winning.”
Known to friends and family as Feranmi, she says she was only 5 years old when her family packed up and moved to Illinois.
As a student in Chicago, she excelled in math and science.
“I particularly loved chemistry,” she said.
When it came time to apply to colleges, a teacher suggested that Adeyemo check out chemical engineering programs.
She applied to two top programs after an online search: MIT and Georgia Tech. She ended up being accepted to Tech and has not looked back.
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