West Africa native believes he made the right decision for his education


Frank Oteng

Smart decisions are the foundation of Frank Oteng’s plan to be a millionaire, and Stark State, he said, was his first one.

Not only is the tuition among the lowest in the region, the College’s philosophy made his decision easy, he said. “I was impressed by Stark State’s mission statement about providing high quality associate degrees while embracing diversity,” said the Ghana, West Africa native who joined his mother in the U.S. in 2009.

Now in his second semester as a finance major in business management, the 25-year-old Akron resident has had a good experience in and out of the classroom at Stark State. “Everyone here has been friendly and helpful,” he said. “Your opinion is respected. I love coming to Stark State every day. It’s the ideal school for me.”

The caliber of his education, too, has impressed him. “Even though it’s affordable, you get a quality education,” he said. “For example, even though I spoke English, I wasn’t a good writer. Now I express myself better. I’ve been taught that the most important thing is using critical thinking skills.”

He’s not complaining about having lots of homework, projects and activities, either. “The instructors challenge their students and prepare them for high levels,” he said. “You have to think and come up with answers. Every ‘A’ I’ve received, I’ve worked for it. Not only do they challenge you to the limit, they motivate you and spur you on. They really believe in their students and tell you that you can go further and that if you push yourself, the sky’s the limit.”

Frank is taking his professors’ advice to heart: after graduation he plans to transfer his degree to The Ohio State University’s baccalaureate program, than go on for a master’s degree. “This economy is tough and you have to be competitive,” he said. “I want to have some educational accolades next to my name to make my resume stand out.”

Money, Frank said, “gives you options,” and he believes a career of helping people manage their money begins with making smart choices with his own.

“Education is expensive and in this day and age you have to be smart about it,” he said. “I know by coming to Stark State I made the best decision.”