Sandra Martey: Becoming A Valedictorian After Facing Academic Challenges

Sandra Akweley Martey

Sandra Akweley Martey is the embodiment of the quote: “Don’t let your failures define you; let them refine you.”

She encountered a lot of challenges in acquiring her first degree but she did not allow her struggles to define her even though it took ten years for her to get her first degree.

Sandra had her senior high education at Wesley Girls’ High School in Cape Coast. In 2009, she gained admission to the University of Ghana to study Economics, Statistics and Mathematics, which she was not interested in but had to do because her father chose it for her. She actually wanted to pursue a degree in Business Administration.

Sandra Martey

Seeing through her studies in Economics, Statistics and Mathematics was not easy for Sandra, as she struggled and had to rewrite lots of papers even after her mates had graduated.

Eventually, she got tired, depressed and gave up on attaining a degree from the University of Ghana.

She later joined Uncle Ebo Whyte’s Roverman Productions and started acting in stage plays.

While working with the theatre production company, Sandra realized that she had passion for Public Relations and decided to delve into it.

She then applied to the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) in 2016 and started all over again.

Sandra eventually graduated with a bachelor of arts degree (B.A) in Public Relations and Management (First Class Honours) in 2019 and was the valedictorian of her class.

Sandra Martey being congratulated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

Celebrating two years since graduating as the valedictorian, she wrote:

“Exactly two years ago, on the 1st of July, 2019, I had the honour of delivering a valedictory speech to the Graduating Class of 2019, University of Professional Studies. A speech that moved and encouraged many.”

“It was all pomp and pageantry in the presence of President Nana Akuffo-Addo. A great day to behold. The Lord surely knows how to align and make beautiful.”

“You may not be where you desire to be, but you are definitely where you can begin to make a difference.”

“Forget the ‘could have been’, the ‘should have been’ and ‘would have been’. Hold firmly the gift of today and be proud of your achievements no matter how small.”

In 10 years, Sandra has been able to identify her passion and succeeded in chasing it with flying colours. Her story is one of motivation and a testament to the individuality of everyone’s journey in life.

Watch Sandra deliver the valedictorian speech below:

source: Edward Asare/Kuulpeeps

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