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Review for Educational Pathways International, Incline Village, NV, USA
My name is Francisca Aba Baffoe, a final year Geography and Rural Development student at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana. I got the privilege to be part of the Educational Pathways International (EPI) Scholarship in 2018 and I have been part till now. It has been a blessing being in EPI because it has contributed immensely to my academics and my life as a whole.
Coming to KNUST with no hope of completion, due to financial difficulties, EPI was right there to carry me through. Not only did EPI take care of me financially but also in other aspects of my life because it did not act as just an organization but gave me a family where I draw strength and inspiration from anytime the going gets tough.
Through seminars and meetings and talks organized for us from time to time, some of the things that I have learnt are; how to write a very good Curriculum Vitae which was very useful when I was applying for internship at firms and also for other things where submission of a Curriculum Vitae was relevant. One major thing which was also taught from the seminars which has shaped my life is time management. Time management was a very big problem for me as I did not know how to diligently do everything on my table as a university student but during one meeting where time management was taught and discussed, I learnt how to effectively manage my time and still it has shaped me as I am now able to use my time wisely to achieve maximum results.
EPI has really encouraged me to learn very hard since it does not entertain laziness in academics. Due to the hard work and relentless support from EPI, I have been awarded as the best female student in my department for two consecutive academic years. I have also built on my social relations as we are made to socialize with ourselves anytime we meet. Also, I have learnt how to work up in committees and take up tasks and improved on my public speaking as well ( because we were taken through Public Speaking), and as we are made to contribute and speak in our EPI meetings. Another thing I cannot escape when talking about EPI is the compulsory industrial internships. Because of this, I had the opportunity to do my internship with reputable firms where I have gained a lot of working experience and networks as well preparing me for the future.
EPI has also helped me set my future ambitions and goals as I desire to be a Chartered Accountant in the near future. After my undergraduate programme, I seek to give back to my society through the National Service Scheme where I will be posted to a particular institution to serve the nation and after, seek higher education in Accounting and hopefully become the Chartered Accountant I want to be. Also, as someone who has poetry as a passion, EPI is helping me shape it as I have been given opportunities to showcase my craft.
As a final year student who will be graduating soon, leaving EPI as an undergraduate is not something that makes me happy but on the other side, I am elated as I will be joining the EPI Alumni.
I will recommend EPI any day, anytime because it is a holistic scholarship scheme where the total well-being of the student is put into consideration and not only academics. I cannot thank EPI enough for the relentless and great efforts it has put into shaping me. God bless Educational Pathways International.