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Belema Iyo

Belema Iyo

Public relations and advertising major from Nigeria

K-State advising all-stars

When I first got to K-State, I quickly saw some differences between school here and in Nigeria. For example, the GPA system was new to me. My advisor was able to help me understand how to improve my GPA and what classes to take. Many people think of their advisor as someone to help you enroll in classes, but for me, he is a person I can go to with any question and get help.

Life in Jardine

Moving into the Jardine Apartments has given me my own space to choose my roommates and live independently. The environment at Jardine has changed a lot in the last two years with new buildings and amenities that make the student experience even more exceptional. Jardine hosts community events, such as barbeques, that let residents come together and celebrate. Those who don't think the residence halls are for them can still live near campus at Jardine. 

Manhattan connections

One of the biggest K-State benefits is that all of Manhattan is centered around K-State. It feels like a real community. There are events like Purple Power Play on Poyntz during the football season that bring K-State and Manhattan together. There is an appreciation of Manhattan among K-State students. People often want to stay here to teach or work after graduation.

K-State family

Being a part of the K-State family means a lot to me. It means that I am welcome, and that is a nice feeling, especially as an international student. At K-State, you know that you are safe and that people care. Whether you're in the classroom or a football games, people at K-State care about each other.

Choosing a major

When I first came to K-State, I majored in engineering, and it was completely different than I thought it would be. I went to the career center and talked with the staff to figure out where I wanted to go in life and what I was good at. My current major, public relations, has been interesting and exciting. I really love meeting new people, writing and managing crisis situations, and public relations allows me to do these things. Although it was a late decision to add on advertising, I don't regret it because I am able to see the bigger picture when it comes to the communications industry and my minor in Anthropology helped even more. My most important advice to incoming students is to do what you love and not wait as long as I did. K-State has a lot of resources that can help you and people that are willing to point you in the right direction.

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