sandra a. ohemeng
University: Wellesley College
Major: Economics, Health and Society
Languages: Akan and French
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Biography: Growing up as a first generation student in a low-income family made me realize that there’s a fair share of talent everywhere in the world but the opportunities to harness these talents are not fairly distributed. Because of this, I constantly engage in volunteer services and advocacies that are geared toward creating opportunities for the underprivileged.
In high school, based on a survey I conducted as the Students’ Representative Council President and Senior Prefect, I organized a mega Career Fair Program which sort to educate students, teachers and particularly parents on the need to give room for students to follow their passion. This program brought together about 5000 students, parents and teachers with 13 prominent professionals whose careers span across all academic disciplines as speakers. After the career fair, I conducted another survey and found out that 85% of students as opposed to the initial 25% were pursuing their career interests. Returns from this program were used to build three modern notice boards for my high school and the rest was used to purchase stationery and provisions for Abuakwa Orphanage in Kumasi.
I was born and raised in Asante Akim Agogo in the Ashanti Region of Ghana before moving to Konongo to continue my primary education. I am a MasterCard Foundation Scholar, Future Global Leaders Fellow, Yale Young African Scholar, COCOBOD Scholar and a first-generation student studying International Relations and Political Science in Wellesley College. In Wellesley, I am the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Council Representative, and a Resident Assistant in Tower Court. I am also involved in Wellesley African Students’ Association and Wellesley Widows.
In the near future, I want to be actively involved in policy making in my country and run as the Member of Parliament for my constituency. Ultimately, I hope to become the president of Ghana one day.