At USAO, I was not a number. I was a student with a face and a name. USAO was home to me. And for an international student like me, that was a major win.
Bled Nguessan, an international student from the Ivory Coast, decided to attend USAO based on her father’s recommendations.
“But at the end of my first year, USAO won me over,” said Nguessan, now a 2012 Chemistry graduate. “The curriculum was challenging and very diverse. Also at USAO, I was not a number. I was a student with a face and a name.”
Nguessan is currently attending the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy and is expected to graduate with her doctorate in 2016. She said several pieces of material covered in her first year of pharmacy school were things she already had learned while at USAO.
“The scientific curriculum at USAO was well paced and provided a great foundation for my graduate classes,” she said.
In addition to the building blocks to be successful in graduate school, USAO provided Nguessan with life lessons.
“USAO has impacted my personal life in various and meaningful ways. First, I have gained several important friendships I still cherished,” she said. “USAO was home to me. And for an international student like me, that was a major win … I can never forget this place.”
Nguessan listed three factors that make USAO a great place to receive an education: value, curriculum and community.
“Firstly, affordable tuition. With tuition constantly rising, USAO has fought to keep its rates down,” she said. “Secondly, the curriculum is fantastic and truly interdisciplinary. Thirdly, the people. I can talk about how wonderful the staff and faculty are. But it won’t do justice. You have to experience it for yourself. They absolutely care about the students.”