International Roos – Tomveyi Vidamon
Where are you from?
I am from Togo.
For how long have you been in the U.S. and Kansas City?
I have been in the U.S. since 2007, I started in Iowa Western Community College, but I decided to start all over again at UMKC in 2015 when I was accepted in the yearlong Entrepreneurship program at the Bloch School.
I am currently on OPT, I am a UMKC Bloch School Alumnus, I graduated last Spring 2016.
Why did you choose UMKC?
UMKC is one of the most known universities in the Midwest. I have friends that went here and referred this school to me. The business program for startups and entrepreneurs is very good here.
What do you like about UMKC?
I like the environment, the diversity, the activities and the organizations with an international focus such as African, Vietnamese, Chinese, etc.
I was amazed of the opportunities offered at the Bloch School. They offered me the knowledge and skills to solve problems and provide solutions. I also met different entrepreneurs and students. I now can think outside of the box.
What is your favorite place in Kansas City?
I really like the Plaza, and eating at Fogo do Chao. I also like Ice Skating in Crown Center. I really like the people in Kansas City. Everybody has been very welcoming.
What is your piece of advice for current and prospective students?
Attend classes. Not only because it is good for your attendance grade, but because you can learn from your classmates as well. Every class is very important. My classmates were awesome, they would ask questions that I did not think of, and it just opened my mind on how problems or a concept can be perceived or approached. Also, interact with people from other cultures, I am very pro-diversity and there is so much you can learn from other students at UMKC. If you are making decisions about your education, I would suggest you to take time to think what you want to do and don’t just jump into a specific program or college/university.
Who is your major source of help?
Mr. Lee, my advisor, he is more than a friend to me, he is like a guide and mentor. He is always there for me.
Mr. Ryan has helped me a lot too, I was new to the city and the system, and he helped me so much.
They were very patient. I was not from here and saw things differently, but they helped me have a better understanding of what was expected from me.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
Being accepted at the UMKC Bloch School Entrepreneurship program. I applied to other universities because I was not sure I was going to be accepted. And one day I opened my email, and saw the acceptance, I could not believe it.
Also, I presented our startup “MyWorldWall”, at the “One Million Cups” that was hosted by the Kauffman Foundation in 2016. http://www.1millioncups.com/kansascity/presentations/myworldwall-10994
I have had the honor to be interviewed by UMKC Today as well. Being able to showcase my startup in the area and online has been a great opportunity.
“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” (Napoleon Hill)
Since I have been in this country, I have had many opportunities, but I missed many opportunities as well. This quote helps me see into my future, every challenge and adversity you may face is different, but each one of them is preparing you for the future.