The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), Prof Abednego F. O. Amartey, has advised the youth to aim high and never give up on their dreams.
He emphasised the importance of hard work and perseverance and encouraged them to always strive for success, no matter their background, circumstances, or the challenges they may encounter in life.
In sharing his life story with students of the West Africa Senior High School (WASS), Prof Amartey said he was determined to pursue his dreams despite the financial struggles he faced growing up, stressing that with hard work and dedication, he has attained the future he once hoped for.
The Vice Chancellor gave the advice during an interaction with the high school students on Thursday, April 20, as part of a student mentorship programme organised by the University.
The event, dubbed Vice Chancellor Engagement with SHS Students, also hinges on the University’s community impact initiative.
Prof. Amartey asserted that to get to the pinnacle of one’s career, one needs to acquire “life’s CV to success,” which he says includes the right qualifications, skills, experiences, and exposure.
He explained that while acquiring education is a prerequisite, it is equally essential for the youth to acquire the right skills, experience, and exposure in order to stay ahead of the game.
“Education is a leveller and will take you out of poverty,” Prof Amartey said. “So whatever you find yourself doing in life, make sure you acquire a qualification or certificate,” he said.
“Also, to gather the right experience and exposure, I entreat you to always explore job opportunities that come your way, even if it means you have to work for free.
“Don’t always be in a rush to take money for the little assistance you offer people. Volunteerism is a priceless opportunity to acquire the needed experience.”
The headmistress of WASS, Dr. Mrs Shine Ofori, thanked the Vice-Chancellor for the visit, describing it as an unforgettable experience.
She said Prof. Amartey’s message has resonated with the students, who are now motivated to pursue their dreams with renewed vigour.
She further added that his story is a testament to the fact that with hard work and determination, anything is possible.
“I have personally learned a lot from the Vice-Chancellor’s interaction today,” Dr Mrs Ofori said. “His story is a story of resilience and perseverance, and his message to the students to aim high and never give up on their dreams is a powerful one that will undoubtedly inspire many to achieve greatness.”
The Vice-Chancellor was accompanied by Ms Ivy Heward-Mills, Deputy Public Affairs Director; Mr Isaac Nartey Djangmah, an Assistant Registrar in charge of Marketing & Outreach, and Mr Emmanuel Freeman Kwade, a Media Officer and an alumnus of WASS.