Lancaster – At the age of 31, Abraham Diallo is going back to school. The Pickerington man is coming to Ohio University Lancaster to study computer science, and he just wants to make his mother proud. That's why his new year's resolution was to go back to school.
"My mom wants me to graduate so badly. She kept pushing me to "go back, go back." My brother and sister have both graduated.I am the only one left," said Diallo. "I want to make my mother proud."
Diallo was one of about 75 participants in a spring semester orientation session on Friday, January 4. Spring semester classes start on January 14.
English is Diallo's second language. He moved to the United States about seven years ago from the African nation of Guinea where they speak French. Diallo said he hopes to complete his degree and become a computer programmer.
Kaydon Koontz also attended the orientation session. The 27-year-old is also going to school to make some people in her life proud.
"I'm doing it for my kids," said Koontz. "I'm recently divorced. I would like to get my drug counselor's license and help people. I also want to be able to support my two children on my own."
At the orientation, Diallo and Koontz learned about the process for enrolling. Students took placement tests, went for advising sessions, and registered for classes. They also learned about how to apply for financial aid, opening their university e-mail, the student organizations that are available, as well as information about day care, library services and disability services.
Diallo made an appointment with an academic advisor at the Pickerington Center to talk about scheduling the right courses. He said he left the orientation session ready to go.
"I think it's about time to go back to school," said Diallo.