US varsity appoints Nigerian-born undergraduate as student ambassador

Amid growing concerns over Nigeria’s reputation abroad, a Nigerian-born undergraduate at the University of Wyoming in the United States of America, Aisha Balogun, has been appointed as one of the Global Student Ambassadors of the institution for the 2019/2020 academic session.

Aisha, who hails from Ilorin in Kwara state, had a stint at the University of Ilorin before securing admission to the US.

Earlier this year Aisha carried out research workshops and donated engineering research kits to students of the University of Ilorin.

She is currently studying Computer Engineering at the University of Wyoming.

In a chat on the website of the Wyoming varsity, Aisha gave insights into what she intends to do after graduation.

&I’m finishing up my Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering. After graduation, I hope to start my career as a software engineer at Twitter.&

When asked about her favorite thing about the University of Wyoming, Aisha said, &My favourite thing about University of Wyoming (UW) are the communities that exist. If you have an interest, chances are there other people who share the same interest and they make up a community. I am part of communities for soccer, research, outreach, leadership and mentoring to list a few.&

Her advice to international students at the University of Wyoming, &Make the best of your time at UW. Learn new things, travel, make long lasting friendships, explore the outdoors and get involved on campus. If you have a bucket list, now is probably a great time to get things checked off.&

According to the University of Wyoming website, &… The Global Student Ambassadors were chosen by the International Students and Scholars office to act as our public representatives. Their duties include communicating to current and future students about life on the University of Wyoming campus, to organize activities that support our student population, and to manage the ISS social media accounts.&

When asked to draw a comparison between the Nigerian university system and that of the US, Aisha said: &The education systems are very different. Education in the United States does not just focus on theoretical knowledge like in Nigeria. I have had classes where I have had to build projects that imitate self-driving cars like autonomous vehicles, and I have had so much lab experience and practicality in general, which I definitely did not get in my first year at the University of Ilorin.

&There is a lot of emphasis on having hands on skills, much so, internships both within and outside the school are highly encouraged. I had an internship with a simulation software company ANSYS last summer and I accepted an internship offer with Twitter for this coming summer. Education in the United States is also very flexible.”



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