4th year Business Administration
Ibironke (Ibi) Sekudo is frank about the difficulties she faced as an International student at Lakehead. There were many times during the first year that she felt alone and left out. The experience led to an epiphany of sorts and the formulation of a personal philosophy: You should be comfortable in your own skin, no matter what.
Armed with that new-found insight, she set out in second year to work as the second coordinator of the LUSU-established Lakehead University Multicultural Centre and “to fully, properly, and eloquently define its mandate.” The Multicultural Centre exists today to champion the social development of all students on campus, and to serve as a resource and reference centre for both Canadian and International students.
Sekudo is the youngest daughter of a Nigerian diplomat and has lived in Britain, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Kenya. Her goal is to study at the London School of Economics and to pursue a career in Finance in her home country of Nigeria.
MOHAMMAD KABIR HOSSAIN
4th year Electrical Engineering
Kabir Hossain was in Toronto studying electrical engineering at Centennial College when he first saw Lakehead University recruitment ads on the subway. By September 2003 he had applied to the University and was accepted into the four-year Bachelor of Engineering program.
In 2006, he was awarded the Lakehead University Student Union Student Participation Award for his work with the LUSU Food Bank and other LUSU clubs including the South Asian Student Society, the Muslim Student Association, and the Engineering Student Society.
Hossain is from Bangladesh and hopes to return to his home country after he has graduated and has gained a few years’ experience working in Canada.
There are about 100 Muslim students at Lakehead, he says, and about 40 are active with the Muslim Student Association. Many make use of UC-0041, a room below the Agora, for daily prayers. “To be honest,” he says, “Lakehead is a good place.”