It’s been about three years since William Anoh came to America. And in those three years, Anoh, 20, of Ghana, has grown — personally, socially and educationally. May 23, Anoh will come away from Carroll Community College with a degree in social sciences and a plan to head to Towson University.
It’s been about three years since William Anoh came to America.
And in those three years, Anoh, 20, of Ghana, has grown — personally, socially and educationally.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Anoh will come away from Carroll Community College with an associate degree in social sciences and a plan to head to Towson University.
But more than that, Anoh will come away with an experience he said he will never regret.
“It’s the best thing I’ve ever done in my life,” he said of his time at Carroll Community College.
Anoh came to America in 2015 after having grown up in Africa. His dad has been in the United States for almost 20 years now and over the last two decades, sent money home to Anoh’s family.
While Ghana isn’t so much a poor country, he said, growing up was tough, especially with his dad living in America. Anoh made his way through a boys’ school and when he finished, his dad knew it was time for him to come to the United States.
“When we got here it was either school or to work and my dad was like, ‘School is better for you,’ ” he said.
And so Anoh joined the Carroll Community College family.
At first, he said, he didn’t get involved in anything at the school. But he decided to join soccer club, and had friends who did the Campus Activities Board, so he joined that, too. His love of being involved grew from there.
Anoh said when he was in Ghana, he felt like he didn’t fit in. There is a class system there, he said, and some people are richer or poorer. And depending on where you are, you may not fit in, he said.
But in America — and especially at Carroll Community College — things are different, Anoh said.
Amanda DeRose, the coordinator of student activities and leadership for CCC, said she has watched Anoh grow over the last two years. He’s now the president of the Campus Activities Board and holds a leadership position in soccer club, she said.
But he’s a leader in so much more than name, she said. He works hard to always make everyone feel involved, she said.
“He also really cares about everyone’s input,” DeRose said.
When she first met him, he was very shy, she said, but about halfway through last year, Anoh came to her and said he wanted to start taking on a leadership position.
“I think you should really take advantage of this school. There’s stigma about community colleges and stuff like that, [but] I think it’s best for me that I actually did this,” Anoh said, later adding, “It’s a win-win situation. You never lose.”