Miami University student Lot Kwarteng, a first-year political science major from Westerville, is one of 10 students selected as student bloggers for the Center for Student Opportunity (CSO). The students, who beat the odds to become the first in their family to attend college, join the CSO's original 10 bloggers, now college sophomores, sharing their college experiences.
They will use the Opportunity Scholars blog to diary their time in college - the good and the challenging - and to offer advice to underserved students like them on how to make it to college, according to the CSO.
Kwarteng, born in Bronx, N.Y. to parents who emigrated from Ghana, explains how he chose Miami: “I took an AP American Government class that opened my eyes to the world around me...I enjoyed being in a classroom with diverse viewpoints and having conversations with scholars who challenged me to defend, abandon or modify my own beliefs. Having those conversations had a profound effect on my college choice. It is the main reason why I decided to attend Miami.”
Read more from Kwarteng and the other student bloggers at http://csocollegecenter.org/blog/.
The 20 student bloggers all receive CSO’s Opportunity Scholarship, a $1,000 four-year renewable award.
The CSO produces the College Access and Opportunity Guide, a comprehensive college guidebook designed to help low-income, first-generation college-bound students. Miami is included among the 284 colleges and universities highlighted in the 2011 edition for its outreach efforts, financial aid opportunities and student support services.