"My name is Georgiana Ujomu. I am an administrative assistant in the Sculpting Evolution group, one of the many groups at the Media Lab. And [I'm] also the environmental, health, and safety representative. And I am also the administrative assistant at large.
So it's very, very multifaceted. You are like the backbone of the group, and everyone depends on you: the principal investigator, which is like the faculty member who heads the group. And then the students also depend on you. Basically, if you're not there the group will fall apart. (laughs) No, no, no—that's what I like to think (laughs) yeah.
The Media Lab is such an inspiring place; it doesn't even feel like you're at work. It feels like you're in Willy Wonka's factory (laughs). There's so much to see, so much to learn—it makes the job you do so much more fulfilling, so much richer.
I was able to participate in the 30th anniversary, and that was when I said 'This place is different.' People were thinking outside the box and being courageous and letting their ideas be known to the world; having that faith in themselves that, you know, they could change the world and make positive impacts in things around. I was like, 'Ah, my god, this is the place I want to be. I like this place. (laughs) That was the defining moment for me. It was mind-blowing."