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Solomon Ocran

Solomon Ocran

“The fact that it offered a quality and affordable two-year education encouraged me more to apply and I did and here I am today, a proud student of UWFox!”

Age: 18

Hometown: Accra, Ghana West Africa

Current residence: Menasha, WI

When attended UWFox: Fall 2012-present

Background before UWFox

I began my high school education in Ghana and then completed my senior year at Bonduel High School, in Bonduel, WI, graduating in spring 2012. In Ghana, it is illegal to be employed before age 18. I didn’t have a job but I was actively involved in community service and helped my mother run her provisions store  (also known as grocery store). I visited a few African countries (Togo and Burkina Faso) and was an exchange student in the United States for a year. :-)

Why did you choose UWFox?

I came to know about UWFox through my host sister, who was at the time, a student at UWFox. I liked the campus after I toured it with my host sister. The fact that it offered a quality and affordable two-year education encouraged me more to apply and I did and here I am today, a proud student of UWFox!

Have you chosen a major?

Biology

What are you learning that you find interesting and rewarding at UWFox?

Apart from its great learning surroundings, the campus and the community as a whole is a very student-friendly area which makes me feel more welcome. The people are nice and everyone seems to want to help you in the best way they can. It is very interesting to see people actually smile back at you and even go a step further in asking how your day is going which is unlikely in many cultures and places. The location of the campus makes it really convenient for me … anything I want is a mile or two around me.

What are your career plans after UWFox?

I will be transferring to a four-year college - preferably UWGB - to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and then enroll into a medical school in my quest to becoming a medical doctor.

Other interesting things about yourself that you’d like to share?

I like to tell people that I was born with a soccer ball on my foot. Soccer is my passion. I grew up in a culture which is very “soccer oriented” and I remember playing soccer with my siblings right after school before doing assignments. I am the youngest of 7 brothers and a sister. I love dancing (I am a member of the UWFox  ballroom dance club) and just interacting with people … especially girls ;).  I am actively engaged in several campus clubs, including the biology club, Universal Multicultural Association, ping pong club, as well as with various volunteer activities.

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