Atarebono, mid-way through her freshman year, shares how Ashesi already feels like home.
What encouraged you to apply to Ashesi?
There are many reasons why I applied to Ashesi but I believe what really moved me to apply was the whole idea about the honor code system at Ashesi, where students take exams unattended, as well as their liberal arts program with small size classes. In high school I had the opportunity to take both arts and science class courses and I enjoyed them equally and can’t imagine having to choose and stick to one course in university for four years. As a matter of fact I had a really hard time deciding on a major which I would pursue in college. When I had the opportunity to tour Ashesi and spoke with students and staff, I knew that this was where I was meant to be because Ashesi’s core values are similar to those I was raised with and I found it was the sort of community and environment I would feel most at home away from home and where I could develop my God given abilities.
What is the freshmen experience like at Ashesi?
I think the freshman experience is an interesting combination of stress, confusion, caution, a period of mistakes but also a learning experience prepares the freshman for life and academics in Ashesi for the rest of his/her time spent here.
In your opinion, what is the most important work that Ashesi does?
Ashesi does a lot of important things, but for me, the most important one is the MasterCard Scholar program that Ashesi runs. Through it, the lives of many African scholars have been impacted and improved in many ways – especially in academics.
How do you see yourself as a change maker in Africa?
I see myself as an active change maker in Africa. I have plans of engaging actively in reducing the high unemployment rate that plagues Africa now.
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