2016 Spokester Search: Naomi B-Y.

Naomi is a 20-year-old from Auburn Hills

Naomi's Situation

Hello, my name is Naomi AKua Afriyie Boachie-Yiadom. (I know lol, very long name) I am originally from Ghana-West Africa and I moved to America about two and a half years ago. I am currently at Oakland Community College studying Business Administration. I am a student Ambassador and the President of Phi Theta Kappa of my school.

I am also in the process of starting a nonprofit organization to help the kids in Ghana with the necessary school supplies they need for a better education as well as scholarships. The second purpose of the organization is to educate the youth in Detroit on the importance of education and how to utilize the resources they have. Through my research, I analyzed that the kids in Ghana have the motivation for school but lack the resources while the kids in Michigan have the resources but lack the motivation. My goal is to supply the kids in Ghana with the resources and kids in Michigan with the motivation.

I am a self-motivated person with a great personality. I am very creative, fun and the best person for this opportunity so please give me a chance to prove to you what a great addition I will be to your team.

Naomi's Blog Post

Last summer I decided to go back home (Ghana-West Africa) to visit. I booked my flight exactly three days before my departure date and a few days after I got there, I said to myself “what the heck was I thinking?” 

You probably don’t want the same experience and even if you have already been through it, we learn from our mistakes. This time I got your back! In case you didn’t know, it is possible to travel in comfort without spending a crazy amount of money.

Michigan is known as the car capital of the world and there are a lot of cool and fun stuff you could do for very less. Cheap doesn’t always mean bad.

There are five ways to save money on a Michigan vacation.

1. Plan ahead: Give yourself some months to plan the tri. Book you flights early and make sure you look for good deals or maybe talk to a travel agent. I saved almost $1000 booking through an agent as compared to my “3-day-before-departure” summer trip. If you are planning on staying more than a month, think about living in an apartment.

2. Create a budget: How much are you willing to spend on this trip? Think about food, housing, entertainment, transportation etc. and write it down. Make sure your budget is realistic and if it is then stick with it

3. Download free apps: There are apps like “groupon, living social, retailmenot, happy hour finder, free meals, foursquare, gasbuddy etc.” that will give you the best deals in town. Download and get familiar with them before you live for your vacation.

4. Buy groceries and cook: So much money is saved when you cook instead of eat outside. “I hate cooking!” was probably your thought. Try something new. Make it fun and involve whoever will be on the vacation with you. You will realize that it is a great way of bonding and you will have so much fun than you thought you would.

5. Last but not the least, do your research and find free entertainment: Be very friendly and create a relationship between the hotel staff and the residents as well. Having worked as a front desk associate myself, I know that behind our desk lies the secret of savings (discounts lol). We have discounts for food, drinks, going to the mall etc. all kinds of stuff. I usually give it out to people who are extremely nice to me so maybe try that on this trip. We also know and recommend a lot of cool places you could visit for low or no cost at all.

Remember, cheap doesn’t always mean bad! Enjoy your vacation.