- Sam Biyazin immigrated to the US after she was left blind following an accident in her native country Ethiopia
- She became the first visually impaired student to graduate with an Accounting degree from Portland State University, PSU
- Although told she could not learn Maths because of her condition, she overcame, making history in 2018
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In 2018, Sam Biyazin graduated with an Accounting degree from Portland State University, PSU, becoming the first blind student to attain the feat in the establishment.
The Ethiopian-born inspired many with her pioneering achievement as she paved the path for people like herself and abled students alike.
Originally, Biyazin was not born blind, but an accident left her visually impaired at age four, according to Devon Haskins of KGW News.
Growing up in Ethiopia
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While coping with the misfortune that left her blind as a child in Ethiopia, Biyazin was told that she could not study Maths because of her condition.
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She immigrated to the US, and with support from her educators, she overcame her inadequacy.
Studying at PSU
At Portland State University, she worked hard with her professors and the Disability Resource Center to make all her coursework accessible using screen-readers, braille, and other tools.
After graduating with a degree in Accounting, she secured a job with a Fortune 500 company. Her alma mater uploaded her video on Instagram to celebrate her achievements.
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The Dental Advocate who Became the First African-American to Graduate from MUSC
Earlier, YEN.com.gh reported that Dr George C McTeer Sr, DMD, made history when he became the first African-American dentist to graduate from the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC.
The alumnus of the College of Dental Medicine at MUSC made a positive impact on his alma mater that has benefited students after him.
McTeer was a Maths and Science educator before switching to establish a career in dentistry, according to Education at MUSC.
Ghanaian Mom of 3 Graduates with PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh previously reported that a mother of three from Ghana, Wilhelmina Annie Mensah, has graduated with a doctorate in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Ghana.
According to Wilhelmina, the past six years have been a great learning phase for her. And, her years of dedication and commitment to her goal have paid off.
She achieved her master's in Medical Biochemistry at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana before heading to the University of Ghana to pursue her PhD.
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