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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)

  • Studying engineering

  • 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.

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