Ngoné Lô is an Applied Math major with a minor in Chemistry from Dakar, Senegal. In addition to meeting her major and minor requirements, Lô is also completing the Actuarial track requirements and works as a Mathematics and General Chemistry tutor.
You’re a long way from home, what was it about Marist that made you want to travel so far away for college?
My schooling journey is pretty much crazy. I studied in Senegal, spent years at a pan-African school located in Johannesburg, South Africa, and then went back home for a gap year before coming here to Marist. I knew it was the right fit for me because of the small size of its classes, its closeness to New York City, and its peaceful and beautiful setting.
Was it hard to adjust at first?
I had a slightly hard time adjusting. Homesickness and culture shock were real for me during my first semester, but looking back, if I could talk to myself as a freshman I would say, ‘I know you are feeling lost, but you will like it here. Marist will feel like home.’
What have you learned from being a tutor?
From working as a tutor on campus, I’ve learned that I like helping others. Although I have no plan to become a teacher, tutoring is something I definitely like doing. I am glad I realized that while at Marist.
What advice do you have for incoming freshmen?
Get out of your comfort zone and do not be afraid to ask for help if you need it!
Written by Emily Belfiore '16
Profile Tags:Profile Type: Alumni
Major: Applied Mathematics
Academic School: Computer Science and Math
Campus: New York