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Student travels to Africa

Shakeria Carter, a senior majoring in Communications, is spending the next four months in Ghana, West Africa as a full-time student at the University of Ghana.  She will also be teaching at Future Leaders, which aids underprivileged students of Ghana. 

At Penn State Greater Allegheny, Shakeria worked in Academic Affairs as an NSO Team Leader and helped to facilitate the New Student Orientation programming (NSO) during the summer for the Greater Allegheny campus. She welcomed new students and parents, spoke on a panel about her experience as a Penn State student, and helped to organize activities.

“Shakeria was an invaluable asset to our NSO Team. I am so excited to see her leap into this next venture of her educational experience as she studies abroad.  She is already a student leader on our campus and I cannot wait to see her grow even more as she takes this next step,” said April Belback, Advising Manager and DUS Coordinator. “I have had the privilege of working with Shakeria since she entered Penn State as a freshman. She is truly a story of success!”

Going to Africa had always been a dream of Shakeria’s since she was young. “My love and passion for the culture grew significantly while taking Africana classes at Penn State taught by Brother Tony and Brother White (Tony Mitchell and Jonathan White), which ultimately led to me receiving a certificate in Africana studies. I am elated to be going on this trip and will be sharing my knowledge and experiences through my upcoming blog,” said Shakeria.

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Shakeria Carter is travelling to Ghana as a full-time student and teacher.

Credit: Penn State

She is also pursuing a minor in Business Administration and a certificate in Africana studies.