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Name: Philip Nalla

pronouns: he/him/his


Surulere, Lagos

Program at BU?

Masters program in Remote Sensing and Geospatial Science

Please briefly introduce yourself, what’s your background, and where you are from

My name is Nalla Philip Ayodele, and I am a first-generation graduate student. I came from a very humble and Christlike family of four, of which I am the only son. I had my first degree in geophysics in Nigeria. I am a very friendly, easy-going, and respectful person. I am from Lagos and Nigeria. I am also a beneficiary of the Kathleen Goodman Scholarship at Boston University.

Why are you studying at BU GRS?

The BU graduate school has demonstrated its competence in all aspects. GRS constructs a better future through its programs and by preparing students to be problem-solvers for challenges they may encounter. BU GRS has contributed to my becoming a better person and seeing the world beyond the four walls of the classroom.

Why did you choose to come to BU for your graduate degree?

With the Kathleen Goodman Scholarship, BU gave me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the world in a different light, learn in a different way, and realize a lifelong dream. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity, the scholarship, and the chance to learn from the best.

What are your favorite spots on the BU campus?

Any places where I can relax and study, I really enjoy the Masters student lounge in the CAS building. 

What is your favorite part about attending BU and studying in the US?

Seeing the world from another perspective and having the opportunity to meet and relate with people from different backgrounds, ideas, and beliefs.

How is life in Boston?

Even though it is pricey, life in Boston is pleasant and delightful. I haven’t explored Boston as much as I would want to, but I intend to do so this summer. I’ve been to the MIT Museum, the Boston Public Library, and the New England Aquarium.

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

Get work experience through an internship and employment, enroll in an MBA program, and launch a business employing geoscience and environmental research to address societal issues.