Angelah Bor is from Kenya and worked as a research assistant while pursuing her Masters in International Studies at OHIO’s Center for International Studies, specializing in African Studies.
What are your next steps or plans for the future?
I would love to work with organizations working on improving food security and nutrition and possibly do a PhD. program in the same area.
What memory stands out from your time at OHIO?
Winning multiple awards as a graduate student in OHIO among our department’s scholarships really stands out to me. They will always remind me that OHIO is and always will be home to me: Drs. Sadek and Anne Samaan Scholarship for International Understanding, Ohio University Outstanding Student Award in the African Studies Program, the Center for International Studies Academic Achievement Award for the Achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.8 and higher and Outstanding Service Award as a Center for International Studies Graduate Assistant.
Why did you choose OHIO?
I’d like to mention the hiking trails and the cherry blossoms in spring, but I haven’t really hiked that much. My friend was here a few years ago and couldn’t stop talking about the International Studies programs here. I was looking for a graduate program in International Studies and the more I researched about OHIO and the programs and professors and discovered how culturally diverse OHIO is, the more convinced I was that this was the university. I have no regrets and I will leave OHIO with so many memories, exposure and knowledge!
Who were your favorite professors and how have they influenced your life?
Wow, that’s like asking parents who their favorite kid is! I totally enjoyed working with every professor I interacted with. Each of them is unique in their own way and I admire how they show interest in each student’s current and future prospects. They all helped me get an idea of what I would like to pursue in the future and I’m sure I will continue to have a connection with them after I graduate.
What was the toughest hill you had to climb in OHIO (not counting Jeff Hill)? And how did you overcome challenges or obstacles on your way?
The hills are definitely a great workout, I mean who needs to go to Ping?! Coming to OHIO in the middle of a pandemic and in the middle of winter wasn’t how I thought starting my grad school life would be. Online classes made it difficult to interact with professors and fellow students and cut off many activities I would have otherwise participated in. But I am fortunate to have found friends and OHIO staff and faculty members who have helped me navigate life and cultural change as a new international graduate student. And now that life is getting “normal” again, I am taking time to immerse myself in many activities, at least before I graduate.
What are your fondest OHIO memories?
For one, I’ve made so many friends from all over the world. Second, I attended my first ever American football game at Peden Stadium! I still don’t get it that much but it was an amazing experience. And can we talk about the OHIO band? Great. I’ve had the privilege of working with great people at the Center for International Studies. The work environment is amazing, I’ve been allowed to grow and be creative, and my bosses and colleagues have been so supportive and fun. We have so many great events in the CIS!
What advice would you give to a new OHIO student?
The semester doesn’t get easy as the weeks go by, but take the time to enjoy school life. I don’t think you’ll ever get a more culturally diverse university anywhere. Attend these events, interact with as many people as possible, attend Homecoming, African Night, Halloween parties, and oh don’t miss the cherry blossom season, you blink and they’re gone!