Ebikombo Olodiama

Marist International Student Profile

Ebikombo Olodiama, Marist College International StudentHometown: Bayelsa State, Nigeria
Major:  Business Administration - Finance
Minor: Communication Studies

Why did you choose Marist College?
I chose Marist because of its small campus, and the fact that it is located in the state of New York. As a finance major from Nigeria, I have heard a lot about the city. What better way to learn and connect with the city than to actually go there?

What was your favorite class? Why?
My favorite class was Prison Public and Praxis. I loved that class because I learned so much about the prison system in America and in the world and I found out why most people go to jail. I was not just learning about the prison system from an amazing professor, I also got to learn what it means to be in prison. We visited the Duchess County Jail every week to have conversations with the people there. It was an incredible experience.

What is the best part of living on campus?
I think the best part of living on campus is the security and the free internet access.

Where is your favorite place on campus?
My favorite place on campus would be the dining hall because that is where my friends and I meet to relax and have a good laugh about school and life.

How do you connect with friends and family at home while at Marist?
We Skype regularly, and always connect on Facebook.

What kind(s) of extracurricular activities are you involved in?
I am part of the Black Student Union and Gospel choir.

Tell us about a “cultural” moment you had at Marist (culture shock, funny story, etc.).
One very funny cultural moment I had was when I told a student I was from Nigeria, and she asked me if it was true that we had elephants as pets. That was one of the funniest experiences I have had on campus and also the most insightful moment, because I got to share my culture with her and she really appreciated it.

What do you do for fun outside of Marist?
Shopping is my favorite hobby by far!