Hometown: Accra, Ghana
Why he chose Beloit: I had a college counselor back in Ghana whose daughter was a senior (Nana Akosua Agyare’11) at Beloit at the time, and I went off recommendations from her. But the main reason was to have that small focused education experience because at universities in Ghana the classes are much larger and you don’t get that personal experience with professors and education.
How he used campus resources to get a summer internship: The Liberal Arts in Practice Center (LAPC) had a post through their newsletter, and I needed something for the summer. I worked for the Downtown Beloit Association as a social media marketing intern. Since I was a volunteer, I didn’t have to check in every day, but I would go to events and take pictures as an “on-the-job” photographer. I also helped set up Social Media Mondays, where small business owners would come in and learn about social media advertising. We would try to increase the number of posts and likes just to get the message of the business out. The company was like a marketing tool for each of the businesses downtown. We tried to expand and increase foot traffic to the area and get more customers.
Why exploring options outside of one’s major is good: I’m a psych major—media has nothing at all to do with my major, but I have an interest in photography and my internship really helped for practice. And even if it’s just an interest, having the opportunity to apply it is pretty great.
What the liberal arts in practice means to him: Personally (it) means applying yourself to something that you have no idea about, but in a way that is acceptable and unbiased. So you’re using all the skills you’ve learned to become not necessarily a medium but like a liaison between what you’re trying to accomplish and your goals and who you are and the people you’re working with.
How finding a faculty mentor inspired him: My advisor is (Associate Professor of Psychology) Gregory Buchanan. Greg is the best. I’m in his Psychotherapy and Testing class right now. It’s pretty sweet—we get to talk about soccer. He’s a Liverpool fan and I’m a Manchester United fan, so we have our small rivalries. He’s a really great professor. Another reason I stuck with my major is Greg. Even though he has a lot of advisees he pays attention to each one.
Speaking of soccer: I play right mid-field. I played soccer in high school and when I came as a freshman I didn’t want to play, but I had always hung around the soccer guys, so I felt like one of them. I joined junior year. It’s a great experience. I would say they’re the best group of guys on campus and the best team.
On what’s changed between his first-year-self and his senior-year-self: The main difference is in my thinking patterns. I’ve learned how to analyze things more, take my time, sit back, and look at a situation from a different perspective before I approach it.
What he’s learned from Beloit: Do whatever you want. Be whatever you want to be, but let that be real. It’s better to come as who you are—you can make yourself here at Beloit—but it’s better to come as who you are so people just take you for yourself. But do everything you can do. Beloit is the best place for this. You can literally turn into whatever you want to be. `