Elizabeth Mensah

Class Year: 

2013
Hometown: Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA

School: 

Scranton Preparatory School

Language: 

Spanish

The Decision

A Latin scholar, science Olympiad, math team member, hospital volunteer, Habitat for Humanity participant, and recipient of several academic awards in science, mathematics and language,  Elizabeth was all but settled on her future as a medical doctor as a high school student. “I liked the idea of providing long term value to my community and saw medicine as a viable path to that,” she recalls. The daughter of two Ghanaian immigrants, Liz fed her curiosity in international exploration through her involvement in debate, study of human geography, and occasional family trips to West Africa.

After her junior year in high school, however, Elizabeth took advantage of an exclusive opportunity to explore the world of business through the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Global Entrepreneurship. Especially intrigued by the influence of culture on the proper establishment and sustainability of an enterprise, Liz decided that her newly ignited passion must not go untended. “So I took a risk,” she admits. “I completely scrapped my original college application plan and started looking for degree programs that not only encourage and support global citizenship but also would afford me the opportunity to develop other passions fully.” The Huntsman Program’s international focus, abundant resources, and flexible curriculum resonated powerfully with her newly formed undergraduate aspirations.

The Huntsman Experience

Thanks to grants from the Huntsman Program and the International Internship Program, Liz’s college journey has taken her from the eastern coast of Spain to hone her language skills to the villages of Botswana for an internship with Stepping Stones International where she initiated a nutrition initiative. “My work with SSI provided me insight into the structure and function of NGOs, a topic I have had the chance to study in-depth in my Societal Wealth Venturing course,” she explains. “I also enjoyed the freedom to design, finance and implement a project that truly had an impact.”

Elizabeth studied in Havana, Cuba, during the fall semester of her junior year. “My Spanish improved exponentially, I gained exposure to a globally lauded healthcare system, and I met amazing people.” She hopes to combine her community focus, interest in health care, and business education as she pursues a concentration in Healthcare Management.