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Student Spotlight: Dorcas Adhiambo Opiyo

Meet Dorcas Adhiambo Opiyo! Originally from Kenya, Dorcas attended Eastern Michigan University, earning her Masters degree in Healthcare Administration. She chose Eastern Michigan University for the school’s international community, affordable tuition, and proximity to a relative!

Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 10.57.18 AMDorcas is currently working in Michigan on OPT and is seeking a H1-B visa sponsored job before her OPT expires. She would love the opportunity to stay in Michigan because she is able to find more opportunities for professional growth compared to other states. “Having studied and lived in Michigan for two years now, I have become accustomed to Michigan and feel like it is my home away from home,” says Dorcas.

Although she enjoys Michigan, Dorcas does miss her family, friends, food and weather in Kenya. It is summer year round, after all!

Dorcas faces many challenges when applying for jobs in Michigan because she is an international student. Many employers do not have the information or knowledge they need to hire international students. “Several employers I have approached are reluctant to consider hiring an international student on a student visa,” Dorcas says. She believes her education and profession are beneficial to various healthcare needs in Michigan.Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 10.57.03 AM

Though this can be discouraging, Dorcas finds ways to enjoy her ‘home away from home,’ partaking in activities such as bowling, taking walks, cooking, reading, listening to music and hanging out with family and friends. She has also explored Michigan for school projects and group meetings, visiting Livonia, Brighton, Westland, Detroit, Dearborn, Farmington Hills, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Royal Oak, and Belleville!

Dorcas is ready to brave the Michigan winter as she dives deeper into her health administration career!

If you would like to contact Dorcas about a job opportunity, please contact info@migtri.org!