While Blackburn College is just a short trip from home for many of its students, some students cross oceans to attend and study through Blackburn’s unique work-learning model. Junior Belinda Boamah, a native of Ghana, came to America in June of 2013 to study in the College’s pre-nursing program.
Although far from her home country, Belinda’s ties to Blackburn have been long. Her father, Dr. Edward Boamah, Professor of Mathematics, has taught at the College since 2005. Due to his teaching position, Belinda was separated from her father for many years. When the opportunity arose for Belinda to attend college, her father suggested she come to Blackburn.
Belinda made the intercontinental move and arrived at Blackburn not knowing what to expect, but she soon came to find that she really enjoys the Blackburn experience. Not excited by the thought of attending a large institution, she has found that the small size of classes at Blackburn suit her very well. “I really like the one-on-one time with professors” she said.
Belinda has enjoyed studying at Blackburn and living in America, citing only the winter months as her least favorite time of year. “It was always hot in Ghana year-round, so living here where it gets so cold is something I’m still getting used to” Belinda said. She admits however “The first time I saw snow was really amazing. The first time I saw it I stood by the window watching it for about 30 minutes.”
Currently enrolled in the dual-degree, pre-nursing program between Blackburn and St. John’s Nursing School in Springfield, IL, Belinda has dreams of helping people, and especially hopes to become a pediatric nurse. “I really love kids, especially babies. I think they are awesome” she said. When Belinda isn’t studying or working she enjoys shopping and watching movies.