Student Spotlight: Angel Ihie

March 2023

Academic Spotlight – Angel Ihie

"I want to make the best use of my time at Kean University."

At the age of 14, Angel Ihie emigrated from Nigeria, with her parents and older brother, to the United States. Thanks to the help of her high school guidance counselor, when the time came for Angel to enroll in college she knew Kean University was where she wanted to be. Growing up in Pleasantville, New Jersey, Angel was excited about her college decision for various reasons – including the University’s proximity to New York City, where the hustle and bustle and sense of diversity reminded her of home. Kean’s campus felt familiar to her and gave Angel a sense of comfort from the minute she walked on campus.

Angel is majoring in biology with a focus in pre-med. She hopes to one day become a pediatrician, as she has always loved children. The main impetus behind her drive is a desire to give back. “There is a lack of access to healthcare back home,” said Angel, who is focused on enacting changes and being a mentor to younger girls.

When Angel first started at Kean, she made a promise to herself that she was going to rebrand her usual shy and quiet demeanor. During the first semester of her freshman year, she enrolled in a communication class. The class required giving speeches, giving presentations and working in groups, which brought Angel out of her shell. In the end, she truly appreciated how the class challenged her, and she learned a lot about herself in the process.

Academic Spotlight – Angel Ihie

Academic Spotlight – Angel Ihie

Now, Angel is flourishing as Student Government treasurer for her class, a student representative for the Dorothy and George Hennings College Retention Committee, and a member of the Silver Leadership Program within the Leadership Institute. She is also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Last summer, Angel interned for the John S. Watson Institute for Urban Policy and Research at Kean. She and fellow student interns researched, conducted surveys, attended focus group sessions and analyzed data as part of the work the Institute is doing in Trenton, in association with First Lady Tammy Murphy’s Nurture New Jersey campaign, to improve access to equitable healthcare for expectant mothers and babies of all races and ethnicities. Angel and a friend even formed their own club called the Medical Student Support Organization to help prepare aspiring physicians for their intended medical careers.

Angel is immensely grateful for being awarded the William Livingston Scholarship. As a first-generation student, as well as a first-generation immigrant in the United States, she truly appreciates the opportunity to attend Kean University to pursue her dream and remain focused and active without having to worry about the financial burden.

Angel has loved her time at Kean University thus far. She pushes herself beyond her comfort zone and takes on challenges that she would not normally attempt. Angel is making the most of her college experience and maximizing her time at Kean.