International Student Success: Andy Isokpehi
Go to any Pacific University Men’s basketball game, and you’ll see Andy Isokpehi suiting up as the forward. He is in his second year at Pacific and will be graduating in the spring of 2020 with a concentration in marketing from the College of Business, but as the team roster shows, he has traveled further than most to attend Pacific, with his hometown being Lagos, Nigeria.
Isokpehi came to Pacific as a transfer student from California’s College of the Sequoias. Initially recruited by the basketball coach, Justin Lunt, Isokpehi found Pacific to meet the requirements he was seeking. “My College search was based on a school that would provide a quality education and a competitive basketball program,” Isokpehi said, “Pacific University checked both boxes.”
Deciding to major in business at Pacific was an easy decision for Isokpehi as he has always wanted to be an entrepreneur and own multiple businesses.
As a Pacific business student, Isokpehi has taken advantage of some of the professional development programs available to him. He participated in the Passport Program created by the COB’s Placement Services to encourage students to engage in several activities including meeting guest speakers, attending etiquette dinners, and jump-starting their professional network. Isokpehi gratefully claims, “By starting the Passport Program last year, I started networking, and it led to my internship.” He was a sales and marketing intern for Capital Architectural Signs, Inc., a company in Austin, Texas. His position led to a deep understanding of real-world sales and marketing, “I built lists, signed quotes, did take-offs, managed social media accounts, and I processed sales from the website,” Isokpehi explained.
As a transfer student, Isokpehi found the transition to Pacific to be smooth. And, since he made sure the courses he took at his previous institution were transferable, he will be able to graduate from Pacific in the 2-year timeframe. He did have to make some adjustments to the COB’s academics within the first few weeks, but, “I soon realized that by going to my Professor’s office hours, I would be in better shape than I initially was,” he remembered.
As both an international student and a transfer student Isokpehi is exemplifying the ease for College of Business students to be involved on campus and supported in their professional development. Upon graduating, he plans to continue into graduate school before finding a position in marketing within the sports industry to gain experience before leading his own company, although he is interested in his ability to play basketball overseas.
“The Pacific education has given me the tools I need to be successful in the business world,” Isokpehi said, “and it has made me better at communicating and networking.”
If you would like to connect with Andy Isokpehi directly, contact him on LinkedIn.