Meet Priscilla Ocran (MSc Global Health, 2020).
I am Priscilla Ocran, I hail from Agona Swedru in the Central Region of Ghana. I currently live in Accra, Ghana. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. I have quite a number of job experiences. I did my internship at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research and worked as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Biomedical Sciences as a national service person. Currently, I work as a teacher of biology in a Cambridge educational institution. Leading to the qualification of a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science, I researched ‘the bacterial transmission threats of sachet water in Takoradi’, and that is what ignited my interest in research work and LSTM.
I saw information about LSTM on LinkedIn two years ago that sparked my interest to read more about the school. I was delighted to know that the school had the desire to break the cycle of poverty and poor health, two things that have always been my ambition in when helping my community. I read that LSTM is one of UK’s and the world’s highly reputational institutions especially, in research. Since then, I yearned to be part of LSTM to build my dream career as one of the finest research scientists in the world with an aim to contribute to improved life in the most vulnerable continents especially, Africa. Hence, enrolling on the Global Health programme was the right decision to make as a stepping stone to achieving my dream.
However, my dream to become a research scientist when I was younger was met with so many obstacles, chiefly financial. Due to these financial difficulties, I began to lose hope in pursuing my dream; I almost abandoned it. But, thanks to the kind generosity of individuals, I was awarded a scholarship, and now I am able to attend one of UK’s and worlds best research institutions to build my dream.
This scholarship is a stepping stone to achieving my ambitions as a research scientist and a social activist. Already, I have built self-confidence and learnt how to develop health promotion strategies for my communities and address health issues and skills that I need as an up and coming global health leader.
I want the scholarship award donor to know that I wholeheartedly appreciate this great opportunity given me; not only to study but an opportunity to meet great people and research experts who are shaping my career interest.