When Kinni Akpabot of Nigeria heard that the 2008 presidential debate took place at Hofstra University, her interest was piqued. She had received some mailings from Hofstra after taking the SAT, and was nominated by the Global Young Leaders Conference to attend the inauguration of President Obama. “I thought, if the presidential debate had taken place there, then there must be something unique about Hofstra University,” she said.
Fast forward two years later and Akpabot is a sophomore at Hofstra, majoring in biochemistry. She is a resident assistant at Enterprise Hall, and has worked on campus for the Office of Event Management , as well as for the Chemistry Department.
Helping Akpabot make the transition to campus life was the Office of Multicultural and International Affairs. Before the start of her freshman year, she says “there was an international student orientation where officials from the Multicultural and International Student Programs came to inform us about on-campus employment and maintaining our student visa statuses, amongst other things.” It was also during this time that she met other students from Africa, many of whom became her friends.
Akpabot hopes to someday attend medical school and become a doctor so she can share her acquired skills and be of service to her country. Though being away from her family is not easy, she feels the academic and technological advantages of a Hofstra education will provide her with experiences and knowledge that will assist her in reaching the ambitious goals she has set for herself.