Spring on the York College campus

From Nigeria to York

By Rachel Harclerode '18
The technology used here in the classroom is more advanced than the resources available in Nigeria.
David Gbogboade with tech in classroom

While a majority of York College students come from the York area and nearby states, sophomore David Gbogboade’s move to York covered many more miles. Gbogboade grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, and decided to come to the United States as an exchange student.

During his year away from home, Gbogboade fell in love with experiencing American culture and making new friends. The positive experiences he had during his exchange year led to the decision to continue his studies in America. He chose York College because of its small classrooms and the welcoming York environment he had come to know during his exchange year. The technology used here in the classroom, he noted, is more advanced than the resources available in Nigeria.

His goal to join the Mechanical Engineering program was temporarily thwarted by his unpreparedness for the SAT. Gbogboade learned about the SAT, a test unknown to Nigerians, late in the process and had no time to prepare. He started as an Engineering Management major, but after a year of hard work, made his way into the Mechanical Engineering program.