I was born in Ghana, West Africa and immigrated to the United States with my parents when I was just 5 years old. Despite my parents’ inability to acquire an education, they still understood the importance of getting a quality education and instilled in me the goal of doing great things, beginning with college.
I am a student at Rutgers University-New Brunswick majoring in Public Health on the Pre-Med track with the possibility of minoring in Business Administration. My career goal is to become an Obstetrician/Gynecologist or a Pediatrician. Not only am I pursuing my goal of becoming a medical doctor, I am also interested in public policy; particularly in evaluating the health needs of various communities, low-income women and their children, and working to design and implement health care programs to meet the needs of those who may not have access to proper healthcare facilities and resources.
In December 2015, I visited Ghana and I witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of poverty combined with a dysfunctional education system in the country. After my trip back home, I started to realize that poverty actually begins at birth; which inspired one of my additional goals to start my own charitable foundation that will enable me to partake in the care and health of newborn babies in Ghana after I complete my undergraduate education. I hope to one day have the opportunity to work in Ghana and help mitigate the overarching public health issues facing Ghana and other developing nations.