Akua Biaa Adu '20
Akua Biaa Adu `20 was surprised when an Illinois College staff member showed up to sit with her at the hospital after she fell ill and again when a professor invited her to Christmas Eve at her home.
Akua said that these simple gestures made her feel an immediate sense of family after leaving her home country of Ghana to attend IC. The computer science major has made connections with faculty members throughout campus. From the choir director to Japanese studies to Career Services staff, Akua said that being connected to the IC community has opened the door to many opportunities.
“I think the fact that IC is small and so community-oriented makes it feel like the opportunities just come to you. Research experience, travel and internships are really sought by everyone working at the college and passed along to students. There are so many learning opportunities that you can choose what you want to do. The IC staff and faculty communicate about internships, jobs and other learning experiences because they care about you as a person. As a student you can get involved with what interests you. I am planning to study abroad in Japan next semester and I know it wouldn’t be possible if I wasn’t at IC.”