Welcome! I'm Chinaza Amarachi Ogbonna-Salmon.
I'm starting this blog to share my experiences as a queer Nigerian Christian woman engineer who moved to the United States a decade ago to study mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, and has deconstructed and is reconstructing all of my identities along the way.
Whew! Okay, that was a lengthy sentence. All of that is to say that I'm just sharing the lessons I've learned and offering my perspective on various phenomena occurring in our society.
So if you're:
An international student studying in the United States
A (black) woman in STEM
A Nigerian living in the United States
In Graduate school (Masters or PhD)
Deconstructing Christianity (especially from an evangelical background)
Getting married (Well planning a wedding, I'm still a newlywed)
Queer/part of the LGBTQ community/exploring your sexuality
Passionate about climate change and sustainability
Passionate about equity and justice
Just interested in hearing from people who share the experiences above
Then this blog is for you!
I want to share my accomplishments and mistakes, the lessons I've learned along the way, and my dreams for where I'm headed. I want to help others not make the same mistakes that I have and provide a different perspective on life.
I'd love to also use this opportunity to work on my writing so I'm also looking for constructive criticism and ways to improve.
I am a Nigerian-born engineer who moved to the United States a decade ago to study mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech. I'm currently in my PhD program after obtaining my Bachelors and Masters from Georgia Tech as well. I began deconstructing my religion and spirituality in 2018, after growing up in the evangelical church with both my parents occupying elevated positions. Eventually, I realized that God's love is a radical, liberating, all-encompassing love that is antithetical to the capitalist, narrow-minded, judgmental message that is spread in many churches today. I met my now wife, Ashley, in 2019 and married her in October 2021. With the impending mass extinction event expected to happen within the next decade, I am also interested in exploring how to live a fulfilling life while helping as many people as possible. Maybe paper straws will be the answer lol.