Celebrating our Graduates: Mary Yakubu
Career Program: Hospitality Management
Originally From: Ghana
Current Residence: Appleton
Attended FVTC: Spring 2021 - Fall 2022
Why did you choose to study this field?
I chose to study this field to learn how to manage and oversee the day-to-day administrative and commercial activities of the future business I plan to open.
Tell us how you came to choose FVTC for your education.
I signed up for the yearly Community College Initiative Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, which is how I was connected to FVTC.
What's been the most rewarding part of your educational journey at FVTC?
The most rewarding part of my educational journey here at FVTC is the access to all the educational facilities and resources such as Teaching & Learning Center, the library, advising and counseling. Also, my instructors have been very impactful both intellectually and socially. This educational journey has shaped me to fit into the professional world.
What was the most difficult part?
The most difficult part was the change in culture and environment. The weather and food were my biggest challenges, coming from a country where it is much warmer and most of our dishes are spicy. Additionally, communication was difficult since people could not easily understand my accent.
What will you do on graduation day or in the future to celebrate graduation?
In the future, I plan to donate school bags to school children in my community to celebrate my graduation.
Tell us about your plans after graduation.
After graduation, I will return to my country to complete a three-year diploma in catering and hospitality management. I plan to start my own catering business and also start working on an Early Childhood Education project in my community.
One last parting thought or words of wisdom to share with others.
The opportunity to become great is within our grasp. To become great is not to gain money or recognition, but to leave happiness among those with whom you cross paths. The key to success is not to pursue success; it is to become a person of value.