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Our Northern Lights: Adaoma Aniekwena

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Our Northern Lights is a platform that showcases our people, their stories, and celebrates their achievements. We hope that their journey will inspire others to pursue their dreams and make a difference in the world.

Adaoma, or Adda, is from Nigeria and moved here with her two children and her husband in 2023. She left behind her parents and 11 siblings. Adoama earned her bachelors of biochemistry in Nigeria but preferred a business environment so she started working at a bank. She applied to the Post-Degree Diploma in business management to learn more about the business world and management in the business world.

For her, applying to NLC and moving to Canada has been a smooth process.

“So, I applied with [my husband and children] and we got our visas in two weeks.”        

As for finding a home and getting settled:

“I did everything via email: my accommodations, the dorms, the campus, everything was taken care of. So the moment we got here, everything just resumed.”

Adaoma also expressed her appreciation for the generosity of the community and church she has found here. She especially enjoyed going sledding for the first time with a local family on their property.

“They say in Canada, everyone is minding their own business. No time for anything. But here, it’s a different kind of story. “

Read on to learn more about Adoama:

What is your first NLC Memory?

My first memory of Northern Lights College was being welcomed by enthusiastic staff and fellow students. The friendly atmosphere and the sense of community made a lasting impression on me, setting a tone for my entire college experience.

What 3 words describe your NLC experience?

Welcoming. Engaging. Community Oriented.

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What would you tell another student if they were thinking of coming to NLC?

NLC provides high educational opportunities, affordable cost of study, lower cost of living, and is in a welcoming and safe community. There are also lots of job opportunities.

What is your superpower?

Adaptability, positive energy, and empathy.

What’s next for you? Where do you see yourself in one year? Five years?

Becoming a social service worker assistant. In five years becoming a licensed social worker. The more education you get, the more you grow in Canada.