Jennifer Ampofo is crafting her vision for the years ahead and the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) helps motivate her dream of opening a hospital in Ghana.
Ampofo, originally from Newark, NJ, grew up splitting her time between Ghana and the United States. Her parents are both from Ghana, and though born here, Ampofo was raised primarily in Kumasi, Ghana. She learned both English and Twi at a young age.
Living on campus, Ampofo said that CSE faculty and friends bring out the good features in each person. She is a member of Residence Hall Council (RHC) and Campus Ministry. Last year, Ampofo was selected to represent CSE at the United Nations. She said that this increased her awareness of health care in different countries and that “there is a lot that needs to be done.”
In the future, Ampofo wants to return to the rural areas of Ghana to open a hospital. She said that it is “not an easy job. Once you get there you know your reason for being there – it’s not about the money.” With her minor in business, she plans to be directly involved in reaching these goals. She also said that health care doesn’t have to be a business, but it’s a way of assuring people they can be taken care of.
While in school, Ampofo works part time with the elderly in a local Care One facility, as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Initially Ampofo believed this job was not for her, but she quickly learned that it was exactly what she needed. At work, others feed off the energy that Ampofo brings, and she loves talking to them. Ampofo said, “I wear my uniform with honor” and thinks that the difficult, yet enjoyable work she does makes her dream come to life.