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Devon’s Journey to ‘Hamilton’

Photo provided by Devon Nwaba
“Reaching for the stars” outside the Hippodrome.
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 UMB raffle was just the ticket Devon Nwaba, MPH, needed to attend the hit show Hamilton.

To enter the raffle, UMB employees and students needed to answer how they were living one of the University’s seven core values: accountability, civility, collaboration, diversity, excellence, knowledge, and leadership.

Nwaba, a clinical research specialist at the School of Medicine, won the two free tickets to the July 2 show at the Hippodrome Theatre, supplied by the UMB Council for the Arts & Culture. 

Her essay focused on the core value of diversity beginning with, “Growing up as one of 11 children of Nigerian descent, I have always stood out among my peers. I learned to appreciate who I am and where I come from and the journey I was chosen to take.”

Nwaba’s journey included earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Johns Hopkins, igniting a passion for epidemiology and research that brought her to UMB. “I always saw beyond my corner of the city and wanted to reach for the stars,” she said.     

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Chris Zang

Chris Zang is a freelance writer and editor based in Baltimore.

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