Students find their way to an institution of higher learning through a variety of ways. Some grow up near the university of their choice. Others land a scholarship and relocate to attend.
For Abraham Urasma, it seemed Pittsburg State couldn’t have been further from his home in Caracas, Venezuela. But when the technology alum (’96) moved to the United States to live with a cousin, he overcame homesickness and the difficulties of adjusting to a foreign culture in order to further his education in a community he grew to love.
“When a person comes to the United States from another country, they become disabled by choice,” he explained. “Your understanding of the world and your ability to communicate is gone. I give PSU the credit of being my physician in that case. It provided the right environment that helped me regain my knowledge. PSU gave me unbelievable emotional and beautiful memories.”
Urasma, who came to the U.S. with a degree in international business, pursued a master’s degree in technology management at Pitt State. After graduating, he accepted a position as a cost engineer for Black and Veatch, a Kansas City-based designer and builder of major capital projects. With 8,000 employees, the company’s work touches millions of customers.
Now a business manager in the energy division, Urasma - who received his American citizenship and says he has built a new life of opportunity in the United States - is openly grateful for the opportunities at Pittsburg State that he says paved the way.
“I have a profound love for the campus, the city of Pittsburg, the entire environment of PSU and what it embodies,” he said. “PSU gave me the self-confidence to go for it and allowed me to build friendships that have continued to this day. It was a wonderful chapter in the book of my life.”