Meet Yewande Tojuola

Yewande Tojuola

By Joan Frances –

Harmony School of Innovation channels students to achieve a comprehensive education. After a full career of academics as well as extracurricular activities, seniors graduate prepared to take the next step to a successful future. One senior who has an impressive resume is Yewande Tojuola.

Tojuola has taken Advanced Placement classes throughout her high school years. She is a member of the National Honor Society (NHS),  Health Occupation Student of America (HOSA), African Students Association (ASA), Peer Assistant Tutoring (PAT) and Junior Achievement (JA). She is also a member of the choir. Last April, Tojuola became a Questbridge College Prep Scholar. She has received Honor Role and Distinguished Honor Role recognition and was awarded for her commitment to volunteering.

Tojuola has two favorite teachers, she explained. “Mrs. Theresa Gray and Mr. Yavuz Bulut. Mrs. Gray makes everyone comfortable enough to engage in the many conversations we have in her class. She makes sure that you know that she wants you to succeed more than anything. Mr. Bulut is very passionate about his teaching. He also has taught me how to build my resume to use in my future profession in the medical field.”

Tojuola has been a respected leader in several positions. “Whether it’s being the secretary of ASA or mentoring the other teenagers in my church and school, being a leader is very fulfilling to me because it brings out a side of me I never thought I had. I’m known as the reserved, quiet and shy girl. When I’m put into situations where I must be a leader, everything changes. Leadership has changed me and has given me the ability to come out of my shell.”

One value Tojuola lives by is motivation. “Without motivation, I don’t think there is any reason to want to do well. The challenges and experiences I have been through in my life have led to different reasons why I feel motivated to do well in my studies. Everything you do should come from a place of motivation, or you’re not doing it correctly. Commitment is also very important to me because I don’t believe in letting others down.”

Tojuola’s high school experience wasn’t an easy one. “I went through a lot of hard times, including some bullying. Even though I wouldn’t want to relive it, the one thing I will remember the most were the times I had to endure bullying. It’s not because I enjoyed it; I didn’t. It’s because of how it changed me for the better. Being bullied helped me to realize some very important lessons that I will take with me for the rest of my life. The school’s staff also played a big part in helping me understand the lessons I needed to learn to get through that difficult time. I discovered that staying true to myself no matter what is the best thing you can do for yourself in any situation. So, what I learned from the rough patches are what I treasure the most about my high school experience.”

In addition to her school commitments, Tojuola is an usher at her church, Redeemed Christian Church of God: Restoration Chapel. She also plays the piano and sings in the church choir. She volunteers for service projects, helps at food drives and helped with the clean up on Galveston Beach.

Tojuola will be applying to go to college at the University of Pennsylvania. She will major in Psychology and will be in the pre-med pre-professional program. Congratulations Yewande Tojuola on your venerable commitments and optimism. Good luck, as you continue to make an impact on everyone you meet in your future.