Meet a Shocker: Maame Adwoa Ankrah

Maame Adwoa Ankrah was interested in going to Wichita State for its affordability and for the atmosphere of the city of Wichita. While it was first a challenge to adjust to a new culture, she was able to succeed with the support of her peers and mentors and will graduate with her master’s degree in Spanish with no regrets.

Maame is one of more than 1,400 students eligible for fall 2023 graduation. Learn more about her time at Wichita State and what's next for the grad.


Accra, Ghana in West Africa


Master of Arts in Spanish and a graduate certificate in Spanish for the professions

What made you choose Wichita State University?

The MA Spanish program, together with the funded GTA position, captured my interest. Plus, WSU is budget-friendly, and Wichita seemed like a serene city to live in. No regrets; I'm happy with my choice.

What has been your biggest challenge as a student, and how did you overcome it?

Navigating a new culture and education system was my biggest challenge but, by the grace of God and the invaluable support from my professors and department friends, I successfully adjusted. I am grateful for their guidance; their assistance was crucial in overcoming the obstacles and enriching my experience.

What's your favorite off-campus location in Wichita?

Fairmount Coffee Co.

If you could choose a song to play when you walk across the stage at graduation, what would it be?

Jesus Iye by Nathaniel Bassey

What are your plans after graduation?

To work. I got a translation job at a law firm that I am happy about.

What advice would you give other Wichita State students?

Make good use of the campus resources available and persevere even when the going gets tough.

About Wichita State University

Wichita State University is Kansas' only urban public research university, enrolling more than 23,000 students between its main campus and WSU Tech, including students from every state in the U.S. and more than 100 countries. Wichita State and WSU Tech are recognized for being student centered and innovation driven.

Located in the largest city in the state with one of the highest concentrations in the United States of jobs involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Wichita State University provides uniquely distinctive and innovative pathways of applied learning, applied research and career opportunities for all of our students.

The Innovation Campus, which is a physical extension of the Wichita State University main campus, is one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing research/innovation parks, encompassing over 120 acres and is home to a number of global companies and organizations.

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