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Senior knows how to get involved

A sociology major from the Bronx, Bernice Karikari-Apau, 22, has been a teaching assistant, a tour guide, a Harpur College academic peer advisor, an orientation advisor and a residence assistant. Now, she is about to embark on graduate school to pursue her master’s degree in social work.

“I knew I wanted to get involved and grow in different ways,” Karikari-Apau said. “I try to do different things to gain different experiences by establishing myself as a student.”

Karikari-Apau has earned recognition on the dean’s list and is a member of Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society and Sigma Alpha Lambda, a leadership organization. Last semester, she became one of the first inducted into the National Resident Hall Honorary. NRHH members consist of the top 1 percent of residence hall leaders who contribute significantly to the betterment of residential life on campus.

“When you are comfortable in an environment, you have to branch out and spread your wings,” she said.

Karikari-Apau, who was born in Ghana, moved to the U.S. at 15, about when she realized she wanted to go into social work. She wants to specialize in helping at-risk teenagers and women of color who live with violence.

She belongs to INCITE, a nationally recognized group that participates in forums and workshops concerning violence against women of color.

Karikari-Apau has worked as a student assistant in the Office of International Student and Scholar Services since her freshman year. Director Ellen Badger is her supervisor and has witnessed her impressive work ethic.

“Bernice is remarkable in many ways, but what immediately comes to mind is her sense of purpose and her ability to set goals and realize them,” Badger said.

When asked what her ideal job would be after she finishes school, Karikari-Apau said, “Anything that makes me feel accomplished at the end of the day would be my ideal job.”

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Last Updated: 10/14/08