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OPSU Success Stories: Nana Akua Amponsah

Released by OPSU Campus Communications on 07/01/2015 Dr. Nana Amponsah —Courtesy photoDr. Nana Amponsah —Courtesy photo

Goodwell, Okla. —Class of 2006 OPSU graduate Dr. Nana Akua Amponsah is currently employed at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) as an Assistant Professor of History.

Dr. Amponsah came to OPSU from Cape Coast, Ghana. With three years of college credit already completed, Dr. Amponsah was able to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree in History after just one year at OPSU. She graduated summa cum laude with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

“OPSU embodied for me the real meaning of community, accessibility, and commitment to help students succeed. When I was there, I could walk into any of my professors' offices and even to the President or Registrar's office without appointment. OPSU made me feel like an individual with vast resources available to me and with the opportunity to achieve something for myself and not a dot in a collection of a vast student body whose faces and names no one remembers,” Dr. Amponsah said.

She added, “As short a time as I did spend there, people knew me and I knew others. This experience shaped my teaching career and how I relate to my students. When I interviewed for my current position at UNCW, OPSU was my selling point. I told them I want to give students at UNCW the same accessibility and help I had at OPSU; a sense of belonging that has never left me.”

African History and Global History are among the classes she currently teaches at UNCW. Cooking and sewing are among the hobbies she enjoys.

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