Senior Spotlight - Ayooluwa Odeyinka
Rochester Public Schools

Meet senior Ayooluwa Odeyinka, from John Marshall High School. Ayooluwa loves listening to music and can see herself becoming a DJ as a hobby. Her favorite moment each high school year has been JM Gives and seeing the school come together for organizations in our community.




What High School are you graduating from?

John Marshall High School


What is a fun fact about you?

My favorite pastime is listening to music and figuring out what beats, genres, or artists I like and how they make me feel(James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, PinkPanthress, Charli XCX). I think it would be cool to be a DJ in the future (maybe in college as a side gig). This is unrelated but I'm also a very picky eater.


What is your favorite memory as an RPS student?

Participating in JM Gives, our winter fundraiser! It was really cool seeing the entire school come together to raise money for these organizations in our community.


What sets you apart from the group? Try to capture your uniqueness and describe it.

Willingness to explore/find what I love, and then learn absolutely everything about it.


What is your senior quote and why?

"You have to know that as long as you love who you are -- your morals, your values, that type of stuff -- you're OK" - Nicki Minaj.

This quote represents my mindset throughout high school so I think it makes sense for it to be my senior quote.


What advice do you have for incoming high school students?

Try to keep a good sleep schedule.


What is the number one skill you are taking with you post-graduation?

Planning/time management. I've learned the importance of keeping a calendar/planner and will continue to do so post-graduation.


Name your chosen pathway for after graduation?

I applied to most of my schools undecided simply because I don't really know what I want to do yet. I look forward to exploring certain intersections between fields like computer science, psychology, creative writing, music, journalism, etc. Being undecided was also a big part of why I chose to go to a liberal arts college, so I'd actually have the freedom to explore these fields and figure out what I really want to do prior to officially declaring a major.


How have you best contributed to your school community, and in what way do you think you’ll contribute to a workplace or college community?

A big part of my high school experience was my internship at Cradle 2 Career, which I started during my junior year (distance learning). I really enjoyed doing things like graduation rate research and survey analysis and found that the work that I was assigned was always REAL, meaningful work that we would eventually see the results of. This was the main way that I contributed to my school community and hope to also do similar research in college. I also really enjoyed being in an environmental club and how welcoming the atmosphere felt, even as a freshman. I hope to also join my college's environmental club once I settle in.


Describe three ways you have changed since your freshman year.

1) My personal style has changed a lot. Now, I'm more willing to experiment with clothing and find what works for me, even if the changes are very minimal/hard to notice.

2) I'm a lot more comfortable in the classroom setting (since I know everyone) and can now ask questions if I'm confused about something/need clarification.

3) I think I'm more social than I was as a freshman. I definitely used to only talk to people that I knew super well or was very comfortable around, but now I make more of an effort to get to know the different people in my classes or clubs.


If you could go back and give yourself advice when you were an incoming freshman, what would you tell yourself?

Try to keep a good sleep schedule, don't compare yourself to others, and don't over-stress about grades because it'll all work out.