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The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.There’s pursuing an advanced degree, and then there’s pursuing an advanced degree while readying for the arrival of your first child, recovering from major surgery, and undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Welcome to the life of Lt. Cmdr. Onege Maroadi, whose determination to attend Harvard never faltered.“When I make up my mind about doing something, I get it done,” said the former Navy pilot, speaking recently from her Virginia home.Fighting the odds is nothing new to the Cameroon native who once taught herself to swim in a few months so she could meet the Navy’s entry-level water-survival requirements for pilots, which included treading water in full military gear and taking a plunge from a 12-foot-tall tower. And now she’s ready for her next challenge.This year, Maroadi graduates from the Harvard Extension School with a master’s degree in international relations, a clean bill of health, and a happy toddler at home. But she almost never made it to Cambridge.She first felt a lump in January 2016. Initially, doctors were unconcerned. But after several months of tests, Maroadi learned she had stage 3 breast cancer. She endured a bilateral mastectomy, reconstructive surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. The love of family and friends helped her face “such an aggressive, life-threatening disease,” she said. So, too, did Harvard.While receiving treatments in 2016 and 2017, Maroadi flew to Boston from Washington, D.C., twice a week for classes in international relations and psychology. “Harvard Extension School was my escape during this challenging period,” she said. “It helped me feel like I was useful, it helped me feel not so imminently mortal, and it also helped me plan for the future.”Doug Bond, one of Maroadi’s Extension School instructors, called her “a joy to have in class.”While teaching his course on international relations, Bond said he learned a lot about his area of expertise, the region of Africa that comprises the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), from Maroadi who grew up in neighboring Cameroon.Her diagnosis, he added, never slowed her down. “I just love her smile and her integrity,” said Bond. “She doesn’t just learn about life, she lives it the same way … she does everything 100 percent.”Maroadi hopes to work with an organization like the United States Institute of Peace or the World Bank when she retires from two decades of Navy service next year. Giving credence to her ambitious plans are her military background, her ability to speak five languages, her new Harvard degree, and her fierce determination.She credits her parents with both her drive and her desire to give back. Her father studied engineering in the United States and put his knowledge to work in Africa, helping develop Cameroon’s infrastructure. Her mother, a teacher and a strong believer in education, founded two schools in the country for children of limited means.After high school, Maroadi studied in Italy, eventually traveling to the U.S. to pursue two bachelor’s degrees, one in computer science and another in math. While finishing college at the University of Texas, Austin, she enlisted in the Navy. There, she found a mentor, a member of the elite Blue Angels flight squadron, who encouraged her to become a pilot. She flew reconnaissance and surveillance missions from 2005 to 2008, received her master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College in Rhode Island in 2009, and returned to Italy to engage in diplomatic work for the Department of Defense. In Italy, she met her husband and they tried to start a family, but Maroadi was unable to conceive. It was “devastating,” news, she recalled. But it didn’t stop them. They contacted a surrogate early in 2016 in the United States, where Maroadi had been stationed for further military training. Then came her diagnosis.At the hospital that summer for a new biopsy, she was advised to prepare for grim news. On the same day, the surrogate told her they were pregnant. “Everything seemed perfect in that moment,” said Maroadi, who recalled thinking, “I don’t care what my biopsy results show, I am going to beat it.”“It was a relief to be able to go to Harvard and do something different,” she said. “Everything else in my life involved being ill; but when I traveled to Cambridge, we discussed how to inspire strategic empathy or how to identify early warning indicators as we worked on our tasks to save the world from conflict.”,When her treatment was over, she took advantage of the Extension School’s online courses to study remotely. “I could be in class,” she said, “while I cuddled my baby.”Now cancer free, Maroadi is busy planning the next steps in her career and adjusting to having an energetic toddler at home. She is also helping other women struggling to conceive by sharing her own challenges with them. “I realized that we often suffer alone,” she said, “when we could help each other survive the trauma by sharing our stories.”Like all graduates, Maroadi only gets two tickets for Harvard’s commencement ceremony, but two is all she needs for her husband Andrea and her son Léo Oyé, who will be cheering for her in the crowd. The name Léo represents their struggle to overcome adversity, she said. “Like a lion, he is our symbol of strength and courage that pulled my husband and me out of darkness.”Oyé, she added, is a word in Ejagham, the language spoken in her village in Cameroon. “If you are praying to God and you are immensely thankful for something,” said Maroadi, “you say Oyé.”
Guided by this, we decided to talk to Silvija Zoković about the importance of active tourism for the Croatian offer, but also about the event held on Pag and plans for similar projects in the future. As for future plans, Sylvia is full of ideas and possible projects that combine Nordic walking and tourism. “We were contacted by the staff of the Brijuni National Park to design a similar event there. Also, in Karlovac County, I would like to organize a walking event that would be held in a different place at any time of the year. There is also the idea of a ‘green heart’, ie that the City of Zagreb, Zagreb County, Krapina-Zagorje County and Sisak-Moslavina County be connected by a single heart-shaped route. For example, one ‘arm of the heart’ would go from the Zagreb Cathedral, through Sljeme, through Zaprešić, to Sisak-Moslavina County, and the other ‘arm’ would return through Marija Bistrica and back to the Cathedral in Zagreb.”, She concluded. The event lasted for three days during which walkers crossed four trails and had an unforgettable experience of walking on the moon island and tasting the famous Pag delicacies. The goal of this sports and recreational event is to promote an active lifestyle and introduce participants to the natural and cultural beauties of the town and the island of Pag as well as the gastronomic offer. “There is a large audience for this form of tourism. Now you just need to work very hard to have a quality final product – from trails, signage, maps, events… Because to offer something it has to be from head to toe in five! My dream and wish is for the whole of Croatia to be networked with Nordic walking trails and for all this to be beautifully presented.”. Photo: Nordijskohodanje.hr; Silvija Zokovic Trail of Slunj giants, Močan’s bridge on Slunjčica, Slunj When asked how she came up with the idea to connect Nordic walking with tourist facilities such as sightseeing and tasting local delicacies, Zokovic explained that she has been doing Nordic walking for fifteen years, and this activity can be seen in many destinations. “I think the best way to get to know our beautiful country is through walking, and especially through Nordic walking which in some way enhances the effects of ordinary walking and on the other hand makes it easier to move because we walk on ‘four legs’”, Explained Zokovic. Silvija Zoković, Nordijskohodanje.hr The event “Nordic Walking on the Moon Island” is planned to be repeated in the spring of next year. “This ‘zero’ year was actually a test year and the participants were thrilled so most said they were ready to come again. For a start, we aimed at our market, or our people who want to get to know Pag and enjoy nature”, Says Silvija and notes that their goal at some point, and maybe even in the spring, is to turn to foreign tourists. Silvija, with the cooperation and patronage of the Tourist Board of the city of Pag, traced as many as 150 kilometers of trails for Nordic walkers. “Considering that my father is from Pag, so I know the area very well, I suggested to the director of the tourist board Vesna Karavanić to design new trails. From this, in fact, came the idea of the event, which, in three days, gathered about 60 people and introduced them to various parts of the island.”, She said and added that everything can be seen on Pag. “Among other things, climb to the highest peak of Pag, reach the sub-Velebit channel, visit the ornithological reserves Veliko and Malo blato, walk through fields, hills, pastures along dry stone walls…”, Explains Sylvia. Active tourism is one of the most sought-after forms of tourism in the world, including in our country. And given that Croatia has so much to offer so beautiful and diverse nature, as well as numerous cultural and historical sights, promoters like Silvia and projects like “Nordic Walking on the Moon Island” must be given full support and welcomed with open arms. In September, the event “Nordic Walking on the Moon Island” was held on Pag, organized by the Tourist Board of the City of Pag and Nordic Walking.hr. Nordic walking, as one of the growing trends in active lifestyle and tourism, offers added value to hiking as well as walking for health. Silvija absolutely agrees that our tourist offer needs more active tourism content. “It is important to offer both domestic and foreign tourists such content, which in an active way have the opportunity to get to know the destination. There are a large number of people, especially in Europe, who through an active vacation want to enjoy nature, but also to get to know and experience all our cultural and historical sights.She said. Mentor trail, Dinjiška, island of Pag The event was attended by about 60 participants from the islands of Pag, Rijeka and Zagreb, Varaždin, Kutina, Đakovo, who under the leadership of Silvija Zoković from Nordijskohodanje.hr and Alan Crljenko, a passionate mountaineer and alpinist, enjoyed an active weekend.