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Student Finds Path to Help Homeland

Appah working with other students

November 2015

Upon graduation, many students plan on staying in the area. Master of Occupational Therapy student Joseph Appah has a different idea. After graduating and getting work experience, Appah, 27, plans to return to his native Ghana to utilize his new skills.

Eleven years ago, Appah and his younger sister immigrated to New York City to live with an uncle. He joined the high school track and field team and excelled in the 400-meter run. While in junior college, track officals at St. Ambrose noted Appah's talent and offered him a scholarship. He accepted, and the rest has been history.

From the Quad-Cities Times:
"Joseph Appah took just a few steps outside Ambrose Hall at St. Ambrose University one day before he was greeted by a student: 'Hey, coach!'

He smiled and waved: 'How're you doing?' he replied.

Appah, 27, is a graduate student at the Davenport university. He'll earn a degree in occupational therapy in May, and he'll take his new skills back to his native Ghana, where occupational therapy is, essentially, a non-existent profession.

At St. Ambrose, he also is assistant cross country coach, and clearly, many students find him friendly and approachable. He draws a crowd of friends as he walks across the Davenport campus." Read more here.

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