I grew up with my lovely grandparents in Alavanyo, Ghana; a community with limited resources. This community has taught me never to take any opportunity I have in life for granted. Also, the spirit of perseverance, love and respect for all that was I taught by my grandparents is still with me. I was enrolled at the Ghana School of Law prior to coming to the United States in 2014, where I intended to continue my law education. However, I now find myself on the path to pursue a career in healthcare. While volunteering as a Community Health Advocate in Manhattan, I discovered that my true passion is helping people in need of healthcare services. This unintended discovery redirected my career vision to Nursing.
After earning my associate degree at Borough of Manhattan Community College, I will transfer to a four year college to earn a degree in Nursing. It is my desire to serve not only as a Registered Nurse in the United States, but to also work in collaboration with the World Health Organization and pay service for developing countries in Africa. It is my dream to one day obtain a master’s degree and PhD in Nursing Anesthesiology.
My time as a 2016 New York Fellow in America Needs You will strengthen my confidence in seeing these dreams as a reality. I believe the sense of community, mentorship and leadership ANY offers will carry me through my personal and professional life to ultimately impact my community as whole.