international student spotlight

Bernard Nii Nortey Botchway '15

Accra, Ghana
History and Political Studies Major

What made you want to study in the U.S.?

I was excited about new opportunities and a chance to explore.

Why did you chose Colby-Sawyer?

The Wesson Honors program provides many opportunities. I also was excited about the chance to play football (not American football, soccer) and the area is a great location to do outdoor activities.

What is a typical day like on campus?

I can't say any day for me is typical, but a regular day will involve classes from 9:30 to 3:45. A good lunch break is at 12:00 with friends, enjoying some stir fry. Two club meetings after 6:00 usually and then homework or rest before homework. All of this is interspersed with social mingling.

What activities have you been involved in?

I used to be a member of the Varsity Soccer team and also have competed in the intramural soccer tournament. I am also the founder of Model United Nations on campus.

Who is your favorite professor and why?

That's a hard question. I have four of them so it's hard to say one or the other. I would go with Professors Sachi Horback, Eric Boyer, Randy Hanson and Ann Page Stecker. They bring so much to class and the scholarly pursuit. Plus they are great resources in and out of class.

What is something that surprised you about campus once you were a student?

The cordiality between most staff and faculty and students. It's very relaxed.

Where's your favorite place to visit in town?

I have two. The First Baptist church next door and Arctic Dreams.

What is one thing you want an international student to know about campus life?

There are resources around you to help adjust and get to know people, but you need to go and take advantage of them.

What has been your most memorable experience at Colby-Sawyer?

Campaigning for SGA elections and African Drumming and Dancing during International Week.

What has been the biggest challenge so far?

The biggest challenge is choosing which adventure to pursue.