Nursing student overcomes setbacks
Friday, October 26, 2007
By Jacey Jacobs
from Ghana, West Africa can be a complicated and even scary move, but
Oklahoma Christian University nursing student, Evelyn Lomo, took this
move in strides.
Although she has been through a difficult transition she still has
intelligence, poise, a positive spirit and a contagious smile.
Lomo, wife and mother of two, moved from Ghana to Oklahoma in 1994 to
receive a better education. Her original plans were to attend the
University of Oklahoma, but she did not get into their program because
she did not know French.
She first heard about Oklahoma Christian through her husband’s friends,
and she decided to apply. At first, her dream was to be a dentist, but
God had a different plan for her life.
“When I finished high school, we had three main universities,” Lomo
said. “When you finish you have to serve the government for two years.”
She applied for the universities but says they were full and
overcrowded. According to Lomo, students get into the universities
through the people they know.
Lomo’s sister encouraged her to attempt to get into a school in the U.S. or Britain, a process also full of setbacks.
“I couldn’t get a Visa in Britain,” Lomo said. “I wanted to be a
dentist in high school, but when I came here I noticed that it would be
easier and shorter to finish school if I got into nursing. I like
science so it was easier for me to switch.”
Once in Oklahoma, Lomo struggled with adjusting to the culture and missing home.
She chose to come to Oklahoma because she had family living here and felt it was a safe haven for her.
“When I first moved to Oklahoma, I didn’t like it because I missed
home, but I liked the friendly people,” Lomo said. “I grew accustomed
to people always saying ‘hi’ wherever you go.”
Lomo’s quest in nursing school has provided its own set of challenges.
She married William Lomo of Ghana seven years ago and now has two
children, Sydney, 7, and Sean, 5.
Evelyn met William in Oklahoma through her best friend’s husband.
“He is from Ghana but was going to school in England. Within a year,
he moved here and we got married a year later. He now works at Hertz as
a manager,” Lomo said. “I am the oldest in the class and have two kids.
It’s hard, but I’m trying.”
Despite these challenges, Lomo has grown stronger. Her passion,
ambition, and motivation are extremely evident in all she does. Her
gratefulness for the opportunity is unmistakable.
Director of Nursing Linda Fly first met Lomo during the application process for the nursing program.
“My first impression of Evelyn was that of a student determined to
succeed,” Fly said. “She is very motivated to complete her education so
she can make a better life for her family.”
According to Fly, Lomo is very focused and dedicated to her studies.
She values her education and seeks out every opportunity to improve.
“Lomo is not one to get distracted by social events or the latest television series,” Fly said.
Lomo believes the opportunities here are amazing.
“You can be and do whatever you want if you have the drive. Back in
Ghana, there is so much violence and corruption. It is hard, and it is
one of the most peaceful places in Africa,” Lomo said. “Kids don’t know
the value of what they have. They don’t even want to finish school or
see a need for education.”
Lomo and her husband believe education will take them a lot of places.
Lomo has been able to grow with Oklahoma Christian and the nursing program.
The hospital component of the nursing program allows the nursing students to practice nursing care with patients.
“Evelyn cares deeply about the well-being of her assigned patients,”
Fly said. “Her willingness to put the patients’ comfort ahead of her
personal desires has not gone un-noticed by nurses in the area
Lomo recalls her first semester being very difficult, but she feels she has grown since then.
“The first semester there was a lot of crying because we didn’t know
what was expected of us,” Lomo said. “Now it is more relaxing.”
Psalm 91 is Lomo’s favorite verse. It is a proven testimony in her
life, and her life radiates the peace and confidence found in it.
“It’s hard and stressful here, and sometimes, I ask my husband how
people are doing it without Christ,” Lomo said. “My foundation of
Christ has brought me here. He has been my background.”
Lomo doesn’t know where she would be without Christ in her life. She is grateful to be used in His kingdom.
Lomo’s main goal is for God’s will to be done in her life, and she wants to go wherever He wants to take her.
“I want to do it all to help people who don’t have all the opportunities that I have had,” Lomo said.
After graduation in April of 2008, Lomo plans on moving to Houston to
attend graduate school after she works for a year. She hopes to move
back to Ghana one day.
“I have freedom here, but I miss the freedom of knowing that these
people are my people,” Lomo said. “I feel comfortable there.”