Friday, June 2, 2017

Nigerian immigrant looks forward to nursing career

• Midland College Student Success

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

MC Photo by Rebecca Bell
On March 27, 2013, Titilayo Olajide left her home in Lagos, Nigeria and immigrated to the U.S. Her first stop was New York, NY.

“I had a good life in Nigeria,” said Olajide. “The saddest days of my life were coming to the U.S.”

Olajide’s father had accepted a position with Sun Coast Resources, Inc. and moved to the U.S. several years earlier. Once he was settled in the U.S, Titilayo, her mother and her two younger brothers joined him. At the time, Titilayo Olajide was 23, and she said that it was hard leaving her boyfriend and her older sister in Nigeria.

Titilayo Olajide had taken some college courses in Nigeria; however, when she first moved to the United States, she didn’t feel she was quite ready to take on the challenges of higher education in the United States. She spoke English but said she was more comfortable speaking her native language which is Yoruba. She began working at Taco Villa and soon adjusted to life in Midland.

During the time she was becoming acclimated to the U.S., she kept in contact with her boyfriend, and in October 2013, she was able to travel back to Nigeria in order to marry. After waiting for two years, her husband joined her in Midland in November 2015, and he is now employed as a parole officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

In 2016, Titilayo decided it was time to resume college courses, and she enrolled in Midland College (MC) with the desire of becoming a registered nurse. She is currently taking general education courses in order to meet the prerequisites for admission into MC’s Associate Degree Nursing program.

Olajide said that there is a demand for nurses in this area, and she believes that a nursing career holds promise of advancement opportunities. She is looking forward to being able to begin taking nursing courses soon. In the meantime, she said that she is enjoying her prerequisite courses, particularly Statistics taught by Linda Penny and History taught by Dr. Frank DeLaO.

“I also loved taking English from Dr. Glenda Lindsey Hicks,” stated Olajide. “She encouraged me to ‘think outside the box’ and has really helped me improve my writing skills while at the same time giving me confidence to express my feelings through written word.”

Titilayo and her husband are looking forward to starting a family in the future. For now, they enjoy spending time together watching movies.

“We both really like American comedy and horror movies,” said Olajide. “Sometimes, my husband will compromise and watch a romance movie with me. Of course, there are other times, when I watch action movies with him.”

The couple now embrace their life in Midland and call it home. Titilayo is enthusiastic about starting a nursing career in the Permian Basin.

“I want to help people, and I like the idea of doing it through nursing,” explained Olajide. “I have come to love Midland, and my husband and I want to stay here. In a way Midland reminds me a lot of my home in Lagos. The terrain is much the same. The only difference is that Lagos tends to be cooler in the summer. My first summer in Midland was HOT!”

So, as Olajide begins another summer in the heat of West Texas, she finds herself looking forward to the fall semester at MC, enjoying home life and preparing for a rewarding career in the healthcare field.

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