On the Record
by Kayla Borg
Oct 27, 2009 | 17332 views | 0 0 comments | 437 437 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Young, ambitious, and focused are words that come to mind when speaking of Daniel Asemota. The 18-year-old student has recently won the prestigious Lois Pope Annual LIFE Unsung Hero Scholarship Award, and with his $25,000 scholarship, the aspiring Pediatrician is in his freshman year at City College’s Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.

Even before graduating with honors from the Queens Gateway to Health Sciences High School, Asemota knew that he wanted to be a doctor.

“I explored the hospital setting at a young age when I began my rotations in the ninth grade,” he said. “This experience exemplified what I loved about the world of science.”

Pediatrics in particular appealed to Asemota for various reasons.

“I enjoy working with pre-high school children. With kids, you can mold their minds and shape them into better people,” he said.

Born in Nigeria, Asemota came to New York when he was just over a yearold. Deeply instilled in him by his parents were morals that shaped the principles he lives by.

Calling his parents his biggest role models, Asemota said, “My parents taught me from an early age to never forget my roots and where I come from. Since my upbringing I have learned the importance in giving back and helping others. They also stressed the importance of education and community involvement.”

His volunteer efforts are one of the many ways that Asemota has set himself apart. Lois Pope, a renowned philanthropist, presented Asemota with the scholarship in light of his volunteer efforts at the local nursery school, public library, and tutoring programs.

According to Asemota, he is most proud of his work at the Queens Public Library at Cambria Heights.

“They had an out-of-date facility, and now they have state-of-the-art computers and thousands of books,” he said. “Work like this gives more opportunities to the community. The kids having these resources at their disposal evens out the playing field.”

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