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November 13, 2018
International Student Spotlight: Kennedy Lukoye
CSP student Kennedy Lukoye hails from Nairobi, Kenya and is a sales analyst for 3M in Maplewood, Minnesota. In addition, Lukoye is a current student in Concordia’s MBA program for business administration. We sat down with Lukoye to discuss what he thinks creates a quality academic experience, what it’s like to study in the United States, and how CSP is helping him pursue his life of purpose.
A: In Nairobi, I was at the University of Nairobi which is the biggest in Kenya. I wanted a smaller size, personal interactions between professors. The 16:1 ratio made CSP a contender. It is also a Christian college. I was raised in a Christian family, so I wanted to grow in faith and be able to have an experience and balance it with my Christian faith.
A: I like the saying, “No horse ever runs unless it’s directed. And no life ever grows unless it’s focused, dedicated, and disciplined.” That has been the quality in my education journey. Education is always ongoing.
A: My journey to CSP was interesting. I started a generic search because I didn’t know anyone in the United States and they didn’t know about CSP or colleges in Minnesota. One of the things I wanted was a college with one-on-one interactions between me and the professor. I also wanted faith-based and Christian-based. CSP stood out because of size and because of its Christian faith.
A: I’m proud of the fact that we’re a small university but we’re able to do great things. The CSP alumni are proud. It’s a cherishing moment when someone asks you about CSP and you can bring in the Christian faith. The students here also know each other which is rare. My university in Kenya, The University of Nairobi, had 65,000 students and we didn’t know each other. At CSP, you can meet everyone.
A: It has not all been smooth sailing. Coming from a different country, we have a different lingo. The first time I had a conversation with Dr. Brynteson, I couldn’t understand him. Over time, because I met with him, I’ve developed the language part of it. Time and interaction with students have helped me to get the language. International Student Services (ISS) has English proficiency which helps ISS students grasp English.
A: I would tell them that it depends on what their aspirations are in life. If you want to grow – look for your morals and how you have been raised. You’re getting a holistic education – education that is of value, a bouquet of everything. General life experience. You learn a lot.
A: I have my bachelor’s in broadcast production. With my MBA, I get a bit of everything. It has diversified my mind. I want to continue to do a Ph.D. or choose a component in business analytics. I want to end up teaching or in academics. I haven’t decided on a program yet.
A: CSP has given me a holistic experience. The mentorship from faculty has given me roots and a foundation that I can face anything with. Concordia has given me the value of that. Plus, CSP is ranked as one of the best business programs.