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Class of 2024 Grad Breaks Barriers in Business, Lands Job at Investment Management Company

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Aimanehi “Aima” Osime is an international student from Lagos, Nigeria, and a Cal State Fullerton Class of 2024 grad. From earning her master’s degree to founding an empowering campus organization for women, Osime has gone above and beyond during her time at CSUF. In a recent interview, she shared her experiences and insights, shedding light on her journey and the vibrant community she has built.

Osime chose CSUF for several reasons, including the campus’ prime location and affordability.

“I originally moved to California because of work. I really like California, and I didn’t want to leave,” she said. “I love that Cal State Fullerton was extremely affordable and also gave you that city feel.”

Another standout feature of the university was its business school, particularly the information systems curriculum. Despite having no prior background in data, coding or computers, Osime found the information systems program accessible and enjoyable.

“I love the fact that without any background, I was still able to come into the program and actually complete it and enjoy it,” Osime said.

In May, she attended the College of Business and Economics commencement ceremony and proudly accepted her Master of Science degree in information systems.

Not only did Osime make great achievements in her academic and professional life, but she also made significant contributions to the lives of others. She founded Women In Business & STEM, a student-run organization at CSUF that has grown to around 300 members. The club’s mission is to champion gender equality in business and STEM to help women overcome challenges in a male-dominated field.

“I’ve been able to meet other students, both international and domestic, and be around other women with similar interests,” she said. “A lot of women felt they couldn’t really speak up, so I love that I was able to bring a safe space for them.”

In addition to her role in the club, Osime serves as a student representative on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Business and Economics. “The board ranges from students like me to higher-up executives who have been in the business field for 40 to 50 years,” she explained. The position has given her valuable insights into how the business school operates and the efforts to improve it.

Looking to the future, Osime has accepted a job as an analyst with BlackRock investment management. She also plans to visit her home in Lagos. Reflecting on her experience at CSUF, she advises other international students to make the most of their time at the university.

“Take advantage of the moment because school isn’t forever,” she said.

Osime also highlighted the importance of networking and stepping out of one’s comfort zone.

“I was able to meet so many different students, and that has really helped me. One thing I’ve noticed about Cal State Fullerton students is that they’re really friendly,” she said. Her network includes students from diverse backgrounds, including a best friend she made from India.

Reflecting on her journey, Osime expressed gratitude for the opportunities and experiences she has had at CSUF.

“It’s nice to have that balance of affordability and being able to enjoy California,” she shared.

Osime’s story is a testament to the enriching experiences and valuable connections that international students can discover at CSUF.

To learn more about international opportunities at Cal State Fullerton, visit the CSUF International Programs website.

Charis Hill