2016 │Burkina Faso
Why did you choose Georgia Southern?
In 2008 I was a student at Savannah Technical College ready to complete my associate degree in Surgical Technology. Just before graduation, I received a $5000 scholarship to continue my education in a four-year institution.
With the help of my mentors from Savannah Tech, we contacted a recruiter from Georgia Southern University, who contacted Ron Jones and told him, “I have a young man from Burkina Faso full of potential that you may want to meet.” The following day, Ron came to Savannah Tech. After his presentation of Georgia Southern, I was excited and decided to apply.
What is your favorite Georgia Southern memory?
It is hard to say because I have so many of them. I remember one day I went to the Dining Commons to have lunch before class and while I was looking at my phone, someone asked me if he could join me for lunch. When I looked up, it was the president of Georgia Southern University. I was shocked and excited at the same time. We talked the entire time and he asked multiples questions about my program and my country. It is a moment I will always cherish.
What is your current job position and where are you living?
I’m currently living in Burkina Faso (West Africa). I moved back to my country of origin to work. I’m a Public Health Doctor and my country needs experts to help control most diseases that can be prevented through behavioral change and public health education.
What do you love about your job?
I’m currently working at the Centre MURAZ, a national health research institution in Burkina Faso. Its mission is to contribute to the prevention, diagnosis, and control of communicable and noncommunicable diseases by promoting and carrying out health research, training healthcare personnel, and providing high-level expertise in medical biology, public health, and social sciences.
How has your experience at Georgia Southern helped you in your career?
At Georgia Southern University, I had friends from different countries which taught me about many cultures. Right now, I can call myself a global citizen because I have connections all over the world and it makes things easy for me when I want to learn about certain practices around the globe in the field of public health.
What career advice would you give to current Georgia Southern International students?
I will advise them to follow their dreams and consider the needs of their countries of origin. I think it is important for one to pursue a program that can benefit many people especially your own, and make a difference in many lives especially when one is a great resource to his/her country.
Last updated: 3/29/2017