In August 2018, I graduated from BYU. To me it is more than an academic achievement, it is a testament that, with the Lord’s help, anything is possible – even the impossible.
After high school, I was unable to attend college because an armed conflict caused significant damage to the national university. Every attempt to attend private university failed because I lack the financial support. On one occasion, I needed $150 to join a top computer school. However, by the time I gather up the money, registration was closed and all my petitions to attend the school were denied.
To support myself and my family, I became a businessman. Many of my "startups" failed, but the tip of the top iceberg was when the owner of a company I managed, embezzled the company’s funds, putting my co-workers and me at risk of going to jail.
Disappointed, I left the business world and attended the cheapest college I could afford. Unfortunately, this college didn’t meet anyone’s expectations. Our professors wouldn’t come to class because they weren’t being compensated. We had no computers, so we had to write code on paper and hoped it would compile in the real world. These are only a few challenges I can mention.
Following a friend’s suggestion, I decided to go to China to pursue a Computer Science degree. My parents had to take several loans to help me fulfill my dream of obtaining an education. Unfortunately, we were scammed by the travel agency. I was left in China without money and resources for an entire year. I struggled really hard to learn a new language and culture while dealing with homesickness. By God’s grace and the charity of many, I was able to come to the USA and pursue my education.
Within 3½ years, I obtained an associate degree in business, and an Information Systems degree from BYU. During that time, I had worked for a fortune 500 company, interned with a Big 4 accounting firm, worked with several tech firms and, most importantly, started a non-profit organization that aims to empower education to underprivileged Ivoirians. Great accomplishments require sacrifices and patience. When times are hard, please do not quit, I promise you than every little thing shall be alright. I promise you that your future will be more magnificent that you can ever imagine if you believe and keep moving forward. The impossible is truly nothing for those who endure and persevere.
I am grateful to all the people who supported me. Now that I have been given so much, I too must give. I look forward to making a difference in the world and blessing the lives of many others.