Sandra Amponsah Asante at McNeill Powerhour

Senior, Psychology & Neuroscience
Graduated from George Washington High School in Denver, CO

My name is Sandra Amponsah Asante and I am originally from Ghana, West Africa. However, I have lived in Denver for about seven years now. I am a senior majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology with the hopes of becoming a pediatric surgeon in the future.

When I arrived on the CU Boulder campus as a freshman, I was lost as to where to go for help regarding my classes, financial aid and other resources. My McNeill coordinator was there to help me adjust to college life. She would meet with me to talk about classes and provide me with resources. She really helped me feel welcomed on campus. The McNeill community as a whole, with their Power Hours and various community events, helped me to feel secure and safe on campus while finding a second home on campus as well. Currently I am part of the McNeill Student Advisory Board where we aim to provide new and incoming students resources and events that will help them feel welcomed, secure and safe on campus. 

The CU Boulder Daniels Scholars group is another home away from home community. This is a group of individuals with the same characteristics as you and who are excited to see you succeed in all of your endeavors. I love the various events that are organized to help build community. My School Resource Officer (SRO) always provided me with resources regarding jobs, professors, classes, etc. so as to help me do well in my classes. The CU Boulder Daniels Scholars is an inclusive group where I always feel safe and secure.

I am involved in the Wardenburg Health Board in which I serve as the Women's Health Liaison. I am also part of the McNeill Student Advisory Board in which I am the Student and Faculty Liaison. I am part of the CU Boulder Daniels Scholars, the Navigators at CU, Black Students Alliance and the African Students Association where I serve as a co-chair of the choir. I am a research assistant with Tim Curran's lab and a mentor with Impact the Youth Program (ITY). My involvement in various organizations, academic programs and clubs has definitely made my experience at CU Boulder unique. These organizations have shaped me to be who I am today. These various organizations and the people I've met along the way have taught me to never quit and always push myself to achieve whatever I want to.

I love Boulder/Colorado because of the mountains and the people. Everyone in Boulder is nice and always willing to be of help.

I believe my involvement in the McNeill Program and the Daniels Fund has equipped me with various assets, qualities and skills that will help me succeed in the future. These programs have taught me to be independent, always push harder and never give up. These programs have also taught me about what it means to be virtuous, to persevere, to be selfless and to have character. I believe with these assets, I'll be able to succeed in life.