Olutade Olulade, ACS Cobham, 2005 - 2007
"My time at Cobham not only prepared me for further education but I feel more so that it gave me the tools to live a fulfilling life. I am comfortable with interacting with people from different cultures, industries, age groups and backgrounds."
My time at Cobham was the most transformative period of my life. I look back at my time there and the exposure it afforded me fondly. Growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, I attended a British school that was homogenous, everyone looked like me and had similar life experiences. It was also common for many of the students in that school to attend a traditional British boarding school in the UK for the final two years of their secondary education. I had always been captivated by different cultures and learning about them so when I found out about ACS Cobham and how diverse the student body was, I decided to eschew the status quo and I was able to convince my parents that this was the right school for me. From the day I arrived on campus I felt at home.
Some fond memories I have from my time at Cobham include the dorm senior trip to Wales with Mr and Mrs Williams which really cemented the bonds with the other boarders that I had lived with for two years, my time playing JV basketball under coach Andrew Sachariason, the team had excellent camaraderie and as someone who had never played basketball before my coach and team instilled me with self-belief and a love for the game, and my AP Psychology class taught by Joshua Rosenthal. His passion for the subject was palpable and it created a fun classroom environment and lifelong interest in the subject. My time at Cobham not only prepared me for further education but I feel more so that it gave me the tools to live a fulfilling life. I am comfortable with interacting with people from different cultures, industries, age groups and backgrounds.
"As a boarder I was able to fully immerse myself in the spirit of the school, which focused on building the overall character of students, by honing their strengths and celebrating diversity. I made many friends from across the globe who I still speak to on a weekly basis, irrespective of where we live."
- OLUTADE OLULADE
My time at Cobham not only prepared me for further education but I feel more so that it gave me the tools to live a fulfilling life. I am comfortable with interacting with people from different cultures, industries, age groups and backgrounds.
I graduated as an AP Scholar and I attended the School of Oriental and African Studies in London for my undergraduate studies, where I got a degree in development economics. I started my career back home in Lagos, Nigeria at a local investment bank and after a couple of years I felt that itch to immerse myself in a new culture and step out of my comfort zone, so I moved to Johannesburg, South Africa. There I co-founded a company Kandua a for-profit social impact initiative which connected under-employed skilled tradesmen with homeowners that needed their services and I was heavily involved in the formation of another business The Luxe Digest, a pan-African digital magazine focused on the luxury sector.
I decided to go back to school in 2018 and I recently graduated with an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business. I will be resuming my professional career at JP Morgan Private Bank in New York City, where I plan to play an active role with the local ACS alumni chapter. I don’t know where or what the future holds in store, but thanks to my experience at ACS Cobham, I am confident that I will be able to make the transition seamlessly.
Image right: Rutger Mol ('07), Alex Lindfield ('06), Olutade Olulade and Tom Van den Aarssen ('06).
Laura van Holstein, ACS Egham class of 2011
"The subjects and teachers that really shaped how I ended up approaching evolutionary biology were those in English, maths, and art."
Shoko Kambara, ACS Cobham class of 1993
"What I really noticed was that since there was a lot of coming and going in the student population at ACS, I was never given the 'new kid treatment'.”