International student Methan Ouattara has become a fixture on campus, through the multiple student groups.
I grew up in the Ivory Coast in West Africa. It’s a warm country, and I used to live close to the beach. I’m a French native speaker. We used to go to the beach and play soccer. It is like a religion in my country. I played soccer every single day. I also enjoy basketball. I used to play basketball in high school. I like music a lot. People like dancing in my country, especially my mom.
I have one brother and one sister. They are all younger than me. My brother is a junior in high school and my sister is in middle school. My dad has his own business, Ouattara Trading. He ships food to Europe and the UK: coconuts, bananas and yams. My mom owns a store selling shoes and clothes.
My dad wanted me to speak English. My top priorities in high school were math and science, and I didn’t pay attention to learning English. So my dad wanted me to go to an English-speaking country. The U.S. has the best programs in actuarial science, and Towson has one of the best. Also, my uncle lives 15 minutes away.
I discovered a new passion: working out. I started two summers ago, and now it’s a passion for me. I try to get involved at TU as much as I can. I formerly worked with the SGA, and I’m also in Zeta Beta Tau. Apart from that I also work at the ISSO. I always like meeting new people. I’ve met over 1,000 people since I’ve been here.
I also mentor international students. I help them adjust. I come from an educational system that’s very different to the US so that helps me to help them adjust.
When I was in the ELC (English Language Center), my grammar professors, Ms. Linda and Ms. Sarah Rose, they were like moms to me. They were always here for me. They would send me emails to make sure I’m okay, if there was something going on in my country or in my life.
One of my main goals is to work as an actuary for two to five years and then start my own business to be able to provide jobs for people in my country or Africa in general.