STANFORD, Calif. – A few days after Stanford's season ends, Chiney Ogwumike (ah-GWOO'-mih-kay) will pack her bags and leave for one of her longest and most important road trips yet.
The All-American and Pac-12 Player of the Year is headed to her parents' native Nigeria to be an intern with the Minister of Petroleum. Yes, that's right.
She will be a job shadow of sorts, and this all counts toward the study-abroad requirement for her international relations major. So, off she goes for the spring quarter.
As long as the NCAA signs off on it, that is. Ogwumike expects to know any day whether college athletics' governing body will accept her proposal for a leave of absence, but says she's ahead in her major and "it's looking good" that she'll get the formal go-ahead.