Born in Lagos, Nigeria, in West Africa, Idowu Jeremiah (BA 2019) moved to the United States when she was just 12 years old. She and her two older twin sisters, who have already graduated from the University of Washington, are all first-generation students in the US.
At the Foster School, Jeremiah serves as president of the Association of Black Business Students (ABBS), fundraising chair with the National Association of Black Accountants, and a mentor with Young Executives of Color (YEOC). She has completed internships with KPMG and Microsoft.
More about Idowu:
What has been your most impactful experience at Foster?
Staying true to my identity in the midst of everybody wearing the same “suit & tie.” Remembering my purpose and the fact that I am here for my people and my community.
What is your long-term career aspiration?
To own and run my non-profit organization targeted to raising educational awareness in underrepresented communities and eradicating homelessness.
How are you leveraging your Foster experience to achieve this goal?
I am especially taking charge of my career. I believe education is an investment and in order for me to better myself and remain competitive, I value my Foster classes and experiences.
“Team work makes the dream work.” It’s a very cliché saying but I know that in order to achieve anything in life, it does take a village.
Do you have a favorite professor or class?
I like my Consumer Behavior class with Chethana Achar.
What are your passions outside of school?
COMMUNITY SERVICE. Anything that gets me out there doing something, touching people’s lives—that’s what you’ll find me doing.
Do you have an aspiration beyond your career?
I’d like to be a Grammy award winner for collaborating on a brilliant song with Queen Yonce. I’m a low-key gospel artist, but I just tell people that I sing and never really sing outside. But when I do, people are amazed…
What drives you?
Three things that I believe will help anyone to go through this journey called life: passion, determination and endurance.