Ekyoma Doilicho is learning His way

November 1, 2013


Ekyoma Doilicho’s arrival in Temple Terrace marked the beginning of an outstanding academic career and a journey to becoming a social worker. Her path to Florida College was preceded by her journey to America, where she got her first taste of Florida College before she even knew it existed.

Ekyoma was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Her father, a college professor, worked with the local church and also served as a translator alongside visiting preachers.

When Ekyoma was 13, her family moved to Texas, where they began working and worshiping with the Castleberry church in the Ft. Worth area. There, through the acquaintance of Christians she had met in Ethiopia, she was introduced to Florida College Texas Camp.

For Ekyoma, the decision to attend Florida College was an easy one. When she arrived in 2010, she began her career path toward counseling and discovered a endless number of connections. She remembers when she learned that Melvin Curry and her Bible professor, Tom Hamilton, had been to Ethiopia while she was there.

“At first, I thought it was strange how people from different states kept finding connections,” she said. “But the more I witnessed these connections, the cooler I thought it was that even though we don’t know each other, in some ways we do.”

As an officer of the Alpha Chi honors society, member of PTK and Who’s Who recipient, Ekyoma has learned a lot, but believes the greatest things she will take from Florida College are not academic.

“I’ve made friends who I’ll have for life,” she said. “I’ve discovered and made so many connections…the greatest being in Christ.”

That’s how Ekyoma is learning His way.