Posted: Friday 2nd May 2014 at 12:36 pm

Don’t just focus on academics, pursue other interests – Yale University bound Kwasi Enin


Kwasi Enin, the decorated Ivy-league Ghanaian student has encouraged students not to be bogged down by academic work but to pursue other interests.

In an interview on Friday with Kojo Yankson,host of Joy FM’s Super Morning Show, Kwasi Enin said getting acceptance to Ivy League schools requires more than racking up excellent academic grades. Students have to pursue other interests and passions, he explained.

The New York High School student was accepted by the eight Ivy League schools and has chosen Yale University at a ceremony last Wednesday.

Kwasi got offers from  Harvard, Yale, Brown, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Princeton and Cornell.

Kwasi Enin said he will also be studying music at Yale University because  “they have the best program for music and acapella,”

He made the choice after evaluating the school’s infrastructure and support for his passion.

“I met geniuses from all across the world. And everyone there was so friendly and inviting… And I believe that their deep appreciation and love for music, like I have, was very critical for me deciding to go there.” he told CNN.

Enin is not only a model academic student, but also plays three instruments -violin, piano and guitar – for the chamber orchestra. He sings in an a cappella group, throws shot put and discus for the high school’s track and field team.

He also participates in student government and has had a lead role in school plays since the ninth grade.

He hopes to one day pursue medicine, a dream of his that just so happens to align with his parent’s careers.

His parent, who migrated from Ghana to the USA in the late 1980s, are both nurses and pushed Enin to receive the highest grades possible and follow his dreams.

His father who also spoke on the Super Morning Show, revealed Kwasi has been to Ghana twice.  He said as parent, they were determined to raise him based upon Ghana’s cultural values.

Striking a similar tune with Kwasi Enin, another young achiever, Christiana Opare, a Level 400 Accounting student of the University of Ghana Business School is already a qualified Accountant at age 21.

She passed all the three levels of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) examinations.

Christiana Opare has also encouraged students to make time for other things apart from their books.

The 21-year old sings in her church choir and is a member of National Union of Presbyterian Students (NUPS-G).

She told Kojo Yankson that as a Christian, one could do more his or life than just going to church. Story by Ghana|Myjoyonline.com|Edwin Appiah|[email protected] with files from CNN

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