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Student Profile: Kola Bakare

I am in my final semester as a Business Administration student at VIU. It has been a great experience that I will live to remember. During my time at VIU I was fortunate enough to be the President of the African Pride Club, which gave me the opportunity to learn more about other people, countries, and cultures. I, myself, come from a country with diverse cultures and when I arrived at VIU, I found the same characteristics and environment. It has truly made my academic pursuit a positive and fulfilling experience. The open door policy of the faculty, as well as close relationships and interactive engagement between students makes it easy to grasp knowledge.

I have also been fortunate to work as an assistant in the VIU libraryfor more than a year of my stay in the school. This has given me the opportunity of acquiring first-hand knowledge of the American work ethic. I was also given a tuition discount for working on campus – I cannot emphasize enough how this helped me reduce the financial strain of paying for my education. Upon returning home, I hope to remain in contact with the school and keep this positive relationship going as an alumnus.

My advice for prospective students would be to come prepared with your academic and professional goals and to focus on your academic plan. There are student advisors, counselors, and department chairs who are ready and available to help you attain all of your goals.

I also suggest that you browse the VIU website often and take advantage of all opportunities available to you – especially the scholarship opportunities. For example, I took the TOEFL test and was awarded a scholarship of $500.00! Your chances might of getting a higher amount is there – work for it and don’t give up!

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