Yram Kwasitsu – Portland State University
Yram moved to Portland from his small ton in Ghana to study business. He is majoring in Management & Leadership in order to “best equip me to be a ‘serial’ entrepreneur and a great leader.”
Portland State University, Class of 2020
Degree: Business Management and Leadership
I believe this would best equip me to be a “serial” entrepreneur and a great leader which would in turn put me in the position to assist others.
What did you think about college before you attended?
I believed college would help me in my journey of education and training in my quest to become a very important person in the society.
How was the experience of starting somewhere new?
One of the biggest challenges an immigrant faces is the struggle of adapting to a new culture. The process can be tedious and frustrating at times – you must always repeat yourself because of your accent and you constantly have to tell others to repeat themselves, too, because they are speaking too fast. Haha! With time, it becomes smoother, just like every challenge we face in life.
What is your favorite subject or class you’ve taken?
I can never forget my Writing 122 class and my professor at Portland Community college, Jeff Jaeckle. He was very instrumental in my quest to become a good writer. He had patience with me when I struggled to develop my writing skills. He was always there to proofread my essays while making meaningful suggestions.
Hannah Love, my Philosophy instructor (who I took a few classes with) continuously gave me the confidence I needed with her constructive feedback on my assignments. I will never forget them.
What has been the most impactful experience during your time in college?
I have had some good and bad times in college, but I will never forget the teachers I had along the way. Each have had an impact on me, and I constantly use their methods and approaches in dealing with life as it comes. Thank you!
What does it mean to you to have been chosen as a Renaissance Scholar?
It is a great feeling to be noticed but it’s a greater feeling to handpicked. Looking back at where I came from and how far the journey has been, I can only be proud. I am very thankful to be a Renaissance Scholar; this would never be possible with Mr. Levin and Ms. Fowler. You are an example of what I aspire to be. The hand that gives never lacks.
Any advice for students applying for the Renaissance Scholars program?
Hard work, disciple, and perseverance will take you everywhere. They helped me move out of my small village in Ghana to face the world. It can, with you, too.