Olutamilore Olujobi, better known as “Tami,” joined the Brook Hill family three years ago from Lagos, Nigeria. Tami is involved all over campus – from cheerleading to National Honor Society to the theatre! We got to chat with Tami about the highlights of her time in the boarding program (and even ask her what surprised her most about Texas!). Get to know Tami below…
How have you grown as a person since you started at Brook Hill?
“Since entering Brook Hill, I would probably say the biggest change I have experienced is how open I am now to trying new things. Before Brook Hill, I didn’t really have many opportunities to try new things. It seemed as though I was just stuck with what was familiar. Brook Hill, on the the other hand, gave me thousands of opportunities to try new things and (for the most part) makes it a safe place to do so. I believe that because of this, I have gotten a lot more comfortable with stepping outside my comfort zone, and though I still have a long way to go in that aspect, I believe that I am so much better than I was 3 years ago.”
“Brook Hill, on the the other hand, gave me thousands of opportunities to try new things and makes it a safe place to do so.”
How has the boarding community at Brook Hill expanded your view of the world?
“The Brook Hill boarding community has done a great job of expanding my view of the world in so many ways. Whether it be as simple as me living with people from other countries or programs such as international week where people get to show their culture, I am constantly learning something new. What I like most is the fact that I don’t have to go out of my way to learn more about other cultures. It could be as simple as me going downstairs, seeing someone cooking a meal from their country, and asking about it. I think this makes learning about other countries or the world so much more personal and real because you can relate it to people you know.”
What has been the best part of the boarding community for you?
“My favorite thing about the boarding community would be the people! To preface, I have the most amazing friends and roommates. But more importantly is the Brook Hill boarding staff. I have never seen so many adults who genuinely care about what is going on in my life – not just academically, but emotionally too. It is satisfying to come home to an adult who wants to know about my day and my interests and what is genuinely going on in my life. I also appreciate how concerned they are for my well-being and how they show this through their faith.”
“The Brook Hill boarding community has done a great job of expanding my view of the world in so many ways.”
What surprised you the most about Texas?
“What surprised me the most about Texas would probably be how much Texans love Texas. It is unlike anything I have ever seen before. I know of having a deep sense of patriotism to a country, but not really to a state. However, this is so common in Texas. Back home, I rarely see anyone wearing merchandise with Lagos on it (maybe a keychain at best), but I see Texas t-shirts and baseball caps all the time. And this is just one of many examples! I think this is something that’s very fascinating about Texas.”
What would you tell someone who is considering Brook Hill as a boarding student?
“I would probably tell someone considering Brook Hill to get involved! Be present, and don’t wait for a better time to do something or think how much better things will be later on. Don’t put off possible experiences because of some reason or the other, because more than likely, there’s going to be at least one thing you will gain or enjoy about the experience!”