Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Class of 2021
I am the youngest of eight children and I am a twin. I grew up attending school and church in Adenta, Accra with both my parents. My mother, previously a petty trader at Madina market, is a housewife and my father pastors his own church, Mount Zion Destiny Chapel at Delcam College. God being so good, all my siblings made it to college. Four graduated from the University of Ghana, Legon, one is an alumnus of Ashesi, Class of 2016, and three, me inclusive, are at Ashesi currently.
Gaining this scholarship was a miracle for me and my family. My parents had difficulties paying the Ashesi fees of my brother, (Samuel ‘19) even with a partial scholarship and joining him with my twin was going to be very challenging for them. It was a ‘scholarship or no Ashesi’ story for my twin brother and I and then it happened! I was granted a full scholarship along with my brother who had to pay for his meals only. I wake up every day so grateful for the scholarship offered to me. I am able to learn at the school I always wanted to study at and make the most of opportunities presented without having to think of my fees. A great burden has been lifted off my parents’ shoulders and though words deny me right now, I want to say I am very grateful.
I first heard of Ashesi University from my brother Israel, of the Class of 2016. He praised the school so much and was very keen on studying there. I was initially interested in studying medicine and so thought to myself, ‘Oh! It does not have a medical school, so I will not be able to study there as well’. My mind was closed to Ashesi and I thought of it no longer. However, I attended the Ashesi Innovation Experience 2016 (AIX) and learned about engineering as a program and there was a change for me. I became very interested in engineering, which I am currently studying, specifically Electrical & Electronic Engineering. The fact that Ashesi had set a goal to meet gender equality in their new engineering program made my interest in the school increase. I researched women in STEM in Ghana and I was surprised that they were few. This has made me revise my future goals which are now to do my best and add more women to the STEM fields worldwide.
During the summer, I attended summer school since it was compulsory for all engineering students. Summer school was very involving and yet fun. We had two projects from the two courses we took; Introduction to Engineering and Applied Programming for Engineering. For Introduction to Engineering, we used the Arduino to program a robotic arm and a conveyor belt which we built on our own; my group decided to manually control it using a gamepad. MATLAB was the program we used in the latter course. We programmed an animated digital and analog clock using the MATLAB program. Overall, my summer was very educative, and I am glad it did not go to waste.
Some of my favorite engineering concepts I have learned are 3D printing and modeling. I enjoyed them because they required detailing and attention which made me more attentive to things than I used to.
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