International MBA grad at BHSU to begin work in financial services

Oluwahola (Peter) Okoya is originally from Nigeria and will graduate from Black Hills State University with his master's degree in business administration. Peter says BHSU is a place where "learning matters." He will begin a full-time job as a financial services professional with Charles Schwab next week.

After visiting Rapid City through a work and travel program, Oluwahola (Peter) Okoya asked around about a local school with a master's degree program focused on learning business. The resounding response was Black Hills State University.

Peter will graduate from BHSU this semester with his master's in business administration (MBA). He landed a job at Charles Schwab in Denver where he'll work full-time as a financial services professional.    

"If you want to go to a school where learning matters, and apply what you learn in class to real-world experiences, BHSU is a good place to be," says Peter, originally from Ibereko, Nigeria.

Peter says Dr. Wei Song, professor of marketing at BHSU, brings a unique domestic and international business perspective to her teaching.

"Dr. Wei Song's class was amazing. Her personality is phenomenal and the way she relates classwork to the business world is amazing," says Peter.

Peter had the opportunity to work as a graduate assistant for two professors in the business program at BHSU. He says his favorite memory at BHSU was the International Food Festival where he was able to share a bit of his culture with his friends in Spearfish.

He made "jollof rice" for the Festival, white rice mixed with sauce to form a red color. Peter says the rice is a well-known food in Nigeria made for parties and ceremonies.

"I loved South Dakota when I first visited the state. It's fantastic, the people are nice, and it has been a great place for my master's program," says Peter.