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Kenyan Study Abroad Student Discovers Her Career at UOP

With a passion for economics and a strong work ethic, Nairobi native Lucy graduated University of the Pacific with a job waiting for her.

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From adjusting to cultural differences to kick starting her career right after graduation, Kenyan study abroad student Lucy has always been about hard work and career success.

After moving from her hometown of Nairobi to the University of the Pacific’s (UOP) Sacramento campus, the Kenyan international student says the UOP community was a huge part of her ability to acclimate and succeed.

A New Home. A New Passion.

Inspired by her family’s legacy at UOP—her aunt received her Pharm.D. from Pacific’s Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy—Lucy was ready to launch her dream of studying in the USA after high school. She always knew she wanted to study economics, but it wasn’t until working with the faculty on campus that she found her true passion: macroeconomics.

With a focus on large-scale factors, such as interest rates and national productivity, Lucy’s studies gave her an expansive view of the world at large.

“I understand how to value companies,” the Kenyan study abroad student said. “My studies exposed me to a world I never knew I could go into.”

The changing dynamic allows you to think about things in different ways. You’re given tools to understand how things work: you adjust it to how things change. That's what I really love.” – Lucy, B.S. in Economics 2012, UOP

Along with her coursework, Lucy served as treasurer of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the economics honors society, as well as project manager for the Integrated Development Group, providing business consulting for nonprofit and sustainable development organizations. Another valuable experience for Lucy was serving as chief investment officer of the Student Investment Fund in the Eberhardt School of Business.

Straight to the Top

All of these on-campus growth opportunities, plus dedicated career development resources, prepared Lucy to get right to work. In fact, she’s already landed a job at a leading insurance company in California.

Following her internship with the company, which was set up by UOP’s Eberhardt Career Management Center, Lucy learned about her current permanent opportunity through the UOP Career Resource Center. She applied on the Tiger Jobs website and was offered the job months before she even graduated.

Now, her day-to-day is spent applying the skills she learned at UOP to underwriting and pricing bond and specialty insurance for private and nonprofit accounts. The Kenyan international student is also creating relationships that will serve her as her career grows. Her supervisors remark on her confidence and—yes—problem-solving skills.

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