Emmanuel Adoasi-Ahyiah is currently braving the colds of Canada as he finishes up his Master’s Degree. Emmanuel is currently studying Forestry at the University of British Columbia; in Vancouver. He’s studying in Canada thanks to the MasterCard Foundation’s Scholarship program. This week on My Studies Abroad, Emmanuel tells us exactly how he landed his study program. He also goes into what his post-graduate experience has been.
Applying For The MasterCard Scholarship
After he completed university, KNUST, Emmanuel spent his year of national service as a TA. Before that, however, he had learned of the MasterCard Scholarship through his predecessors while he was still a student. In fact, two of the TA’s that came before him had also successfully applied to the scholarship.
After school, Emmanuel wanted to pursue a post-graduate degree, and so he applied for a number of scholarship programs. In the end, he landed four of them, but he chose the MasterCard Scholarship program at the University of British Columbia. So, let’s talk about the application process.
According to Emmanuel, you have to, first of all, apply for the MasterCard Scholarship. That entire process is online on the foundation’s website. After that, you would then proceed to apply to the University of your choice. Of course, that’s as long as they were a partner institution of the MasterCard Foundation. Additionally, the university application fees were covered by the foundation.
The MasterCard Scholarship is fully funded. That means that everything—from accommodation, to money for books, to school fees and even a stipend—is covered by the foundation.
The Yellow Fever Shot And Touch Down
Emmanuel is someone who likes to cover his bases and avoid being caught off-guard. And that’s why it was all the more irritating when he was told that he had to get a Yellow Fever shot before he could enter Canada. Emmanuel had done his research beforehand, and the Yellow Fever shot wasn’t a requirement for getting into Canada. All that, coupled with the fact that he couldn’t eat the unfamiliar food from his flight made for a bad trip. It wasn’t the smoothest of transitions.
When Emmanuel touched down, he took in just how different things were. He arrived in Canada in August—it was summer. And during the summer time, people barely have clothes on because of how warm it is. But for Emmanuel, even then—it was cold. Soon after he landed in the country, the MasterCard foundation arranged for Emmanuel to picked up from the airport for their orientation.
Classes, Friends And Hobbies
One thing Emmanuel has realized about his program is that you need to work for it. The classes are fast-paced and you have assignments all the time. In order to keep up, you need to put in the work. And in addition to that, you get grades for participating in class. That system is responsible for one of the things that Emmanuel really appreciates; the fact that there are no stupid questions. Everything in class is up for discussion.
As for socialization, that isn’t really a problem either. Emmanuel lives in a graduate residence where he has made a lot of friends. And that is coupled with the fact that the MasterCard Foundation has a buddy system to connect new entrants into the program, with the program’s veterans. That buddy system allows the transition to be easier for the newcomers. During the times where he isn’t completely buried in school work, Emmanuel likes to hang out with friends and go site-seeing. Oh … and of course there’s soccer. Definitely soccer.
Emmanuel’s course is near its end and he’s appreciative of all that he has learned. That includes the fact that people can connect irrespective of their societies and livelihoods. He has also made some good friends and learned about people from diverse backgrounds.
My Studies Abroad is a weekly Kuulpeeps series that brings you the Ghanaian schooling experience—from other parts of the globe.