Born in Cameroon, Africa, Leopold Nkengbeza grew up in Huntsville, AL and attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he graduated with honors in the spring of 2019. As a biomedical science major, he was heavily involved on campus with various organizations, including volunteering at the Alabama Recycling Center with the Multicultural Scholars Program. After Impact America, Leo plans on attending medical school in the fall of 2020 to become a cardiologist.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love to play basketball, play video games, and draw during my spare time.

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?

My most memorable experience would have to be singing bass for Beyond Measures, UAB’s premier a capella group. Prior to that experience I had zero singing experience, and I was pleased to discover a hidden talent as well as a new group of reliable friends. Ever since I joined the group my freshman year, I was able to compete in two national collegiate singing competitions and participate in events on and off campus. This experience taught me that trying new things can lead to new opportunities.

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.

I have been to New Orleans several times on school trips dating back to high school, yet each time has been a unique experience because of the circumstances surrounding the trip. My latest visit was a road trip organized by my Honors Program, during which I was able to stay for three days and visit places I had never been before. The best part about the city, to me, is the diversity in the cuisine and the abundance of restaurants there.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I can speak French-well, kind of. Cameroon’s national language is French and both of my parents are fluent in it, so I grew up learning a little bit of it alongside English. However, since I moved to the States when I was 6 years old, I primarily spoke and learned English. I later took French classes in middle and high school, but due to a lack of practice I cannot say I’m fluent. I do plan on becoming a better French speaker in the near future.