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Gail Mensah


Northeastern University

Studying In:

South Africa (Summer) | *NAFSA Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship

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Pronouns: She/her/hers
Home Institution: Northeastern University
Expected Graduation: 2024
Major / Minor: Pharmacy
Study Abroad Location: Cape Town, South Africa
“Hello” in your host country’s language: Howzit
Program Provider: International Volunteer HQ
Identity: African American/Black
Future Career Goals: Since the sixth grade, I have always known that I wanted to be a pharmacist when I grew up. My desire for becoming a pharmacist increased greatly six years ago, when I lost my Aunt Cynthia to Leukemia. She died the day before I started middle school, and that year was extremely rough for me. After that day, I’ve made it my goal to find a cure for the deadly diseases that take the life of many and becoming a pharmacist will give me the chance to do that. By becoming a pharmacist, I will get the chance to create change in the community and that is my heart’s desire. When I envision my career years from now, I see myself giving back to communities, specifically communities that are heavily minority populated. Years from now I also see myself creating the drug that will treat the rare diseases that take the life of so many people such as Cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, AIDS, and etc. I personally have lost many family members to these diseases and I know that my aspiration as a pharmacist will pave a way for me to accomplish this goal. It is also my dream to travel to underserved countries and help provide them with proper healthcare and multitudes of medical treatment. My home country of Ghana has struggled for many years because of poor healthcare and I am determined to change this. It is very important to me to redistribute my wisdom to change the life of others, and my career as a pharmacist paves the way for me to do this.
Top 3 Goals for your time abroad: 1.) Enhance my language skills
2.) Create amazing relationships with the kids and adults living in the South Africa communities
3.) Learn a lot more about South African culture


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