“I’ve seen the firsthand results of companies not being environmentally conscious or socially responsible. I want to learn how we can do business and still regard the environment.”
Jude Chisom Erondu, or just “Erondu” as he’s known in the Green Mountain College community, is senior sustainable-business major from the northern part of Abuja, Nigeria, the capital city. On choosing to use his surname, Erondu explained, “I decided to be called Erondu because I’m not here representing just myself; I’m representing my family as well.”
When he began researching U.S. college options, sustainable business caught his attention. “Most classes in Nigeria are just business, economics and marketing. When I heard ‘sustainable business’ I thought, ‘Oh this is something new,’ and I wanted to learn more about it,” he said. In the south side of Nigeria, there are terrible problems from oil spillage. People have lost their livelihoods and the agriculture industry is in shambles. I’ve seen the firsthand results of companies not being environmentally conscious or socially responsible. I want to learn how we can do business and still regard the environment,” he said.
Erondu was elected as president of GMC’s student senate in his junior year. He also serves on the judicial review board, sings in GMC’s chorus, and is a member of Model United Nations club and Inter-Cultural Club. “I love to be busy and involved. It keeps me out of trouble and I stay focused,” he laughs.
Erondu breaks up his future goals into the long term and the short term: “Short term, I’d like to graduate from GMC with honors and make an impact in the GMC community,” he said. “My long-term career goal includes going to graduate school. I hope to pursue a master’s in international relations and diplomacy with a concentration in sustainable development.”
He is already well on his way to achieving his goals. Last year Erondu was named by Campus Compact as a winner of the national 2015 Newman Civic Fellow Award which recognizes outstanding students who use their education to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change.