Hailing from the Ivory Coast as an international student, Ismael Adedoyin had a vision that stretched far beyond the borders of the campus. With a desire to make a difference, he made his way to Northampton Community College (NCC) via the Community College Initiative (CCI) program sponsored by the U.S Department of State.
An early childhood education student, Adedoyin had a clear plan for his future. The program offered invaluable opportunities for effective teaching and instilled a deep understanding of child development, inclusionary practices, and the power of arts-inspired learning.
As an international student, Adedoyin found solace in the supportive community at NCC. The college became a home away from home, embracing him with open arms. His professors’ knowledge and mentorship left an indelible mark on Ismael’s heart, shaping him into the passionate student he became.
Throughout Adedoyin’s journey at NCC, he made connections with fellow students and faculty, shaping his perspective and bolstering his confidence. Through his involvement in clubs such as the International Students Organization (ISO) and Black Student Union (BSU), he learned valuable lessons about leadership, empathy, and the power of community.
“NCC gave me the opportunity to be myself, gave me a voice to speak, and a mind to see the world with a different lens.”
While Adedoyin faced initial challenges adapting to his new environment as an international student, he overcame them with resilience and determination, through hard work and perseverance.
Adedoyin would like to return to his homeland as a social worker, eager to uplift and empower his community. Moreover, his aspirations extend to international organizations like UNICEF, where he envisions himself becoming a child advocate.
“The mission and vision of these organizations resonate deeply with me, aligning perfectly with my studies and life’s purpose — providing quality education for children as they grow.”