Emmanuel Balandi ’16: A citizen of the world making a difference at Bryant
From Nepal to Burkina Faso, Chad to Mauritania, Emmanuel Balandi ’16 has lived in unique places, but for the last three years he has been proud to call Bryant University his home.
“Bryant has been extremely welcoming to me,” Balandi says. “I was very excited to come here because it would be my first time coming to the United States. I got involved in many activities on campus right away, which help with the transition to the American culture.”
During his first week at Bryant, Balandi participated in 4Mile, a cultural and leadership program designed for first-year international and domestic multicultural students. 4Mile gives participants opportunities to get acquainted with their new home and the academic, personal, social and cultural supports available throughout their four years at Bryant.
“It was a great experience where I was able to meet people who are going through the same thing that I was and we learn from one another,” he says.
“If there is something you want to see get done on campus, you have the resources available to accomplish it.”
Since then, Balandi has been involved in many organizations at Bryant. In 2013, he started a Model United Nations Club which aims to broaden students’ global acumen through discussions about current events, international issues, politics, foreign policies, and law. He served on the Student Senate for two years. Currently he is a Student Ambassador; is active with Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Honors Leadership Council; is a proud member of the Sigma Chi fraternity; and serves on the Senior Advisory Council.
Putting together the 4MILE program this past summer, creating a marketing campaign and successfully recruiting the biggest 4MILE class – with more than 140 students attending the program, is among the accomplishments of which he is most proud.
“The best thing about Bryant is if there is something you want to see get done on campus, you have the resources available to accomplish it,” he says.
Balandi is an International Business major with concentrations in Global Supply Chain Management, Finance, and Global Studies. He hopes to get a job on Wall Street after graduation, and to eventually pursue a master’s degree.
“I hope to eventually own my own business in Chad,” he says. “For now I am focused on completing my honors thesis, which is a development plan to resolve the water scarcity issue in the Lake Chad Basin region.”