“I belong at Agnes Scott College”– Audrey Owusu-Ansah

14658334_1117934451575287_1521262937_nWhen she first came to Agnes Scott, she lost her enthusiasm because the campus was empty and quiet. “All I wanted was to go back home in Ghana” said Audrey. However, it was when the International Student Orientation began that she realized where she belonged –“Agnes Scott College!” Audrey says that this orientation was the first thing she loved because it helped her know more about Agnes Scott not just from the internet but from people that were part of it. She was impressed by the formation of small groups she was part of that helped her open up to share all about where she came from and make friends. “This is where I believe my journey started from at Agnes Scott.” Audrey added.

Audrey is impressed by how easy it is to get access to academic materials here that helps her in her educational journey. She loves spending time in the library and exploring all that she finds useful. She enjoys her office hours with her advisor since she never had a chance to have academic advisors before. “Mathavi Strasburger, does the best advising,” says Audrey. Audrey plans to major in Bio-Chemistry and Molecular Biology and she aims to become one of the Scotties that will make the best influence in the world.14694634_1117933788242020_1643345711_n

Audrey is most excited about her global studies and her leadership class. “I can’t believe that I am going to have a travelling experience in my first year,“Audrey says with a smile on her face. She enjoys her global and leadership classes the most because this is where she first learned about reading and analysis political articles, presentation skills, and different global issues around the world. Not only that, she also discovers small facts about the world that she never heard of like knowing for her first time that coffee was originated from Ethiopia, Africa.  During her spring semester, she will travel to Croatia and she is looking forward to learn and have a great experience in this new country.

An opportunity that opened her eyes: Shriya Bhattacharya’s Summer experience

During the summer I was working as a research intern for Agnes Scott’s Center for Sustainability and was also interning for a non-profit organization called The Mendez Foundation in midtown Atlanta.


One of the most exciting things I did was the Bridge to Business program during the last few weeks of my summer vacation and I loved it! The Women’s Bridge to Business program is a three-week intensive business course created by Agnes Scott College and the Georgia Institute of Technology to teach Agnes women essential business skills and encourage them to pursue business related occupations. The classes took place at Georgia Tech’s Scheller School of Business and consisted of a variety of courses such as Personal Finance, Project Management, Business Law, Accounting, Investments, and much more! The professors were both from Agnes Scott and Georgia Tech. An alumnae panel of past Bridge to Business students was arranged so that students could interact with women who had done the program and hear about how they conquered the business world after graduating. Students also got to visit Turner Broadcasting Studios to talk with Turner employees and were given tours of the studios and the command centers of stations such as Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, etc. The program definitely opened my eyes to the multiple opportunities available in the corporate world and gave me a much better understanding of how these skills will help me no matter what industry I join.

Hear about Peace Grace’s Summer experience!

 It was just in January that I received good news about my great internship back home in Rwanda. My heart full of joy I called my sister and told her that just in May 2016 I will be home. I was not only excited that I was going to see my family and friends again, but also happy to kick-off my summer with such a great internship in my government.

“The Office of Government Spokesperson of Rwanda” accepted me as their intern and gave me a place to learn and develop my knowledge in their working space. At first, I was a little bit confused, because I did not really know what my role as an intern was going to be (but I was down for anything). However, when I started, they gave me the best supervisor ever! He was in charge of communication and the media platform of this office.  He helped me explore his side of job, taught me to be a good tweep, assigned me to write stories for the government site, and trusted me with high level assignments that included creating a media platform for the African Union Summit, writing sample tweets for the summit, and taking me to every important meeting that he would go to. As I improved my knowledge on how to conduct myself and work in the communication and media department, I was given a chance to explore different department of the office of Government Spokes-Person. I was assigned to work with team that was organizing the 27th African Union Summit that took place in Kigali this Summer. This gave me a chance to learn how to organize such a big international summit, how to handle the press (all the journalists who attended the AU Summit) and mainly what it means to create important diplomat connections that might help me in the future.

img_2802While in Rwanda, I was also blessed to meet another Scottie. Her name is Sandrine and she is Rwandan! I did not know that someone from my country ever graduated from Agnes Scott, however, this made me feel that I was simply blessed to be part of such a great college that produced someone successful like Sandrine who is making great impact in her community and serving her great Nation.

My summer, ended up to be busy but productive, I did not just spend time doing my internship job, I also made sure that I gave my family and friends time to hang out. So far, as an international student at Agnes Scott, I believe that I could not get the best experience out of my internship if it was not from what I learned in my leadership class that mainly focused on Social media and communication. I could not have succeeded if It wasn’t for the Internship conduct tips that I received in Agnes Scott. I believe in grabbing every opportunity that I see around me, and use them effectively to succeed everywhere.

To you all International Scotties, there are so many opportunities here at Agnes Scott College, don’t take them for granted, use them to create the person that you want to become in the future. Every little thing that is available on campus, from the Writing center, to the science center, from Hire a Scottie to Hot off Press emails, use them and make the best out of them. I just  can’t wait to hear from your successful Summer experiences  a year from now!