Coming from a different country and trying to find a community where you fit in is no easy task. As an international student from Nigeria, all Busayo had at the beginning of her college career was the comfort of other international students who were having a similar experience. They would meet in a large space, on the second floor of the Student Union Building, designated to students and share stories about their experience in the United States. The International Students Office was conveniently located in that large space and provided an area for amazing connections between students and staff. That space was more than a large area, it also represented community, a sense of belonging, access to resources and safety.
The International Students office space, after being moved from the Student Union Building, no longer represents these things. There is more of a disconnect between students and staff as the office has moved to a location much further away from their previous, open and inviting space. Busayo will use this symposium platform to demonstrate how this move has affected the international community at Boise State University and she intends to provide solutions to this problem.
Busayo Apampa was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria and moved to the States in 2013 to study Business Economics at Boise State University. She has been involved with many clubs, organisations, and departments on campus. For instance, she has been involved with the International Student Services, New Student Program, Boise State Housing, Women of the Workplace, Afro Black Student Alliance, International Students Association, Honors College, College of Business and Economics and many more!
As an international student, and employee, Busayo has a special connection to this project as it is a part of her identity on campus. She has struggled with some of the cultural adjustments a lot of international students face and works hard to ensure a smoother transition for her peers. Busayo sees herself as a voice for international students as well as an advocate for change to make Boise State the most diverse and welcoming Univeristy she knows it can be.
When she is not filling up her calendar with activities or studying until daylight, Busayo enjoys cooking, hanging out with new and old friends, watching tons of shows, and catching up on sleep.