A Ghanaian American Student College Experience By Fibbie Addo

A Ghanaian American Student College Experience

The confident, ambitious, and intelligent man came to SUNY Plattsburgh in the fall of 2008. As a freshman, the transition from high school to college was hard for him, but with the help of his friends and by getting involved in school, he decided to remain in Plattsburgh.

Edmund Adjapong chose SUNY Plattsburgh because of its different environment and cheaper tuition fee. Apart from these factors, what attracted him most became apparent before his freshmen orientation; there is an on-going program called the Multicultural Students Visiting Program (MSVP), that got his attention. He began his studies at SUNY Plattsburgh that fall.

As every student who tries to find himself or herself and experience everything college life has to offer, Edmund, a biochemistry major and a minor in Africana Studies, accomplished this first by getting involved in school. Edmund has been a great help to the campus. He served as a senator for the Student Association (Ex-officio for Diversity), and a eventually became a senior Student Ambassador. He is presently a Resident Assistant and a tutor for Chemistry. He has also been recognized as a member of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honors Society, and a member of Delta Mu Iota Tutoring Honor Society.  Edmund, who almost transferred to another college, said the kind group of friends he chose and being involved made him stay in Plattsburgh.

In 2011, Edmund ran for Student Association president. Unfortunately, he did not succeed in becoming the SA president. He said he learned a lot from this experience, and one thing he learned was that, “You do not get everything you want in life, but you should not settle.”

Edmund, who is one of the few African student leaders on this campus, says it is different, but it is not impossible, and he doesn’t give attention to differences. He describes his leadership skills as being a leader and a follower. He says, as a leader you should also be a follower to get to learn from other people.

In his free time, Edmund likes to do research, and continues to get involved. His favorite sport is basketball and he loves hip-hop. He is a writer, too, and does it for fun. He describes himself as a leader, an educator, and a mentor.

He is currently working on a project to determine the migration routes of ancient Mayans by extracting and analyzing ancient DNA from Mayan skeletons. His goals are to do his Masters in Science Education at Columbia University. He also wants to get his PhD in Science Education and be a professor at a top-tier university.

Mark Sanders, a friend of Edmund describes him as a strong individual. He is someone who sets goals for himself and achieves them. He is friendly, supportive, and loyal.

About Edmund Adjapong

Edmund Adjapong, a native of the Bronx, NY, is a student at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Science Education and received a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry with a minor in Africana Studies from The State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Edmund believes every student learns differently. He also believes that engaging young men with media–despite its unconventional method–is an effective way to educate. Edmund enjoys working with and mentoring youth, especially young men of color, as they are our future. He fell in love with Hip-Hop after memorizing Puff Daddy's song "All about the Benjamins," in the third grade. Following the completion of his masters degree, Edmund plans on teaching science in a New York City public school and pursuing his Doctorate of Philosophy in Science Education. His ultimate goal is to become a science educator and researcher. This blog is a reflection of Edmund’s thoughts during his journey toward a terminal degree. For more information about Edmund Adjapong please feel free to contact him at: E.adjapong@gmail.com
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