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Yinka Odeleye balances athletics and computer science with St John’s student membership 

Balancing athletics and computer science with St John’s student membership 

First-year Yinka Odeleye talks about how community has impacted his journey on and off the track

February 26, 2024 — 

Balancing academics and athletics can be quite a feat, but Yinka Odeleye, a computer science student, appears to have mastered it as he finishes his first year as a Bison athlete.   

Yinka’s talents on the track are undeniable, and he was recently invited to join the St John’s student membership by his sister, Enny Odeleye, who is also the Bison track team and SJCSA member.   

What made you join the St John’s student membership?    

“I found St John’s through word of mouth. When I heard about it and the benefits it had, I knew I had to take advantage and not leave this opportunity on the table.”   

 “I’ve found a place to belong to on campus and a place to go.”    

As a track athlete who is always on the go, Yinka has found St John’s to be critical in his academic success and meeting new friends.    

“I met an international student at Jumpstart when I first joined, and we started talking immediately and clicked. It shows that the community here is for everyone, and you can meet students from anywhere on campus.”    


What parts of the student membership have helped you the most in your studies?    

“The library has given me a place to study and be productive. It’s helped me succeed in midterms, tests, and finals preparation. I always have a spot and know I can get work done there.”    

 Whether it be a quick study session before practice or in the evening after practice, Yinka knows his best place to study is at St John’s. Aside from the library and study carrels, he’s also found the convenience of the discounts on food helpful during his study sessions at the Daily Bread Cafe and Soup4U.    

“The discounts on food I use a lot. The food is affordable, and it’s a homemade meal that makes you feel full afterwards. It’s convenient too because I can get my food from the Daily Bread Cafe, then go up to the library or my study carrel.”    


The first-year student is preparing for the USports Track and Field nationals in March and concludes his first year of studies, where he looks to continue his academic and track success.    


To learn more about the St John’s student membership, visit our website.   


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