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Center for Advanced Global Leadership and Engagement (CAGLE)

Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

September 2018 - Undergraduate

Francesca Spillman


Francesca Spillman was born in Mauritius, a small, beautiful island in the Indian Ocean with superb beaches. Francesca mentions that “Mauritius was first colonized by the Dutch, then the French, and finally the British. History reveals that slaves were brought from Africa and indentured workers from India, and voluntary migrants from China. Thus today, Mauritius is a mixture of different ethnicities which is reflected in the variety of its cuisine. Because of all of our history Mauritius is very westernized with a strong economy in the African region.”

Spillman is a non-traditional undergrad student majoring in accounting at Spears School of Business. When talking about how she came to Okstate, the accounting student mentions “I moved to Perry from Mauritius in 1994 and decided to go back to school as a non-traditional student in 2016. It was toward the beginning of that year that I made that decision and divine providence has it that all things fell into place for me to be able to attend OSU (Fall 2016) as I prepared what was required for enrollment.”

Best memories/experiences at OSU 

“I joined the Non-Traditional Student Organization (NTSO) when I started school. I was chosen as its treasurer after being a member for a little while and I have been the vice-president since April of this year. NTSO has been a place of support for me as I connect with other non-traditional students and share similar experiences.”

Accomplishments and Hobbies

During her time at OSU Spillman has had several accomplishments while being a dedicated and engaged student that has created a positive response from faculty at Spears School of Business, Dr. James Pappas mentions that “Francesca’s journey to OSU is quite inspirational!  She has a great mixture of courage and passion and I suspect she will do great things”.

Lastly Spillman would like to add that “Two times I have checked with the International Office at OSU to see if there were other students from Mauritius on campus but have been told that there were not any. Since I have noticed that Mauritius is a place that many have not heard about, I take this opportunity to share and talk to the OSU community about the tiny island where I am from.

Growing up in a multi-cultural society in Mauritius, I have had friends from the different ethnic communities in existence on the island. It is a part of my personality to get to know others from different ethnic backgrounds. I see OSU as a place to continue the opportunity to get connected with international students which I have done as I have become acquainted with students from China, India, and other countries”.

Francesca Spillman with her friend and Pistol Pete

Francesca Spillman and her friends