Graduate Anthony Boateng from Ghana decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and pursue a career in the pharmaceutical industry, he has thrown himself into life studying at London Met and involved himself in many other activities. We chat to him and find out more about his time at London Met.
Before coming to study here, Anthony had completed his undergraduate degree in Herbal Medicine at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and had taken part in a two-week course at the University of Nairobi in Kenya, sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Education and organised by Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TUTCM). The course was entitled Advanced Training in Research and Development of Medicinal Plants for African Countries. This was Anthony’s first time away from Ghana, but it gave him a taste of studying abroad. Having decided to study an MSc in London, Anthony decided on London Met because of the £30 million Science Centre. Although it took Anthony a few years before he was ready to come to the UK, Anthony couldn’t have chosen a better time to study in London as it coincided with the year of the Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Volunteering as a student ambassador
Anthony’s approachable and friendly character helped him settle into studying abroad very easily and he soon started not only to excel in his studies but also to get involved in many other activities. He volunteered as an NUS Student Ambassador raising awareness on the Olympic Games and also wrote an article titled Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee: A Diamond in the Hearts of Many, which was published on the Yahoo! Voices website in 2012. The article praised his adopted city of London and the magic of the royal celebrations. He then received a letter from Her Majesty with the message: “I send you my greatest thanks for the words of loyalty and support which you have so kindly sent on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of my accession to the throne.”
Anthony also involved himself in University life and worked as a student ambassador, helping out at open days, showing prospective students around the Science Centre and also visiting schools and colleges in disadvantaged areas of London to help encourage those students to continue their education and further their future opportunities. He worked as a door-to-door charity fundraiser for Cancer Research UK, Greenwich and Bexley Hospice, St Catherine’s Hospice in Crawley and St Luke’s Hospice in Harrow. As the President of a minority youth group in Dagenham he obtained permission from Barking and Dagenham Council in August 2013 to shoot a short movie in the borough aimed at promoting good behaviour among the youth community. The movie was titled Building Together as Youth. Having thrown himself into many different activities, Anthony had the opportunity to see London and its many diverse people, areas and culture. He also had an opportunity to see a different side of the University and he really feels part of the London Met family. He has even played piano for an alumni event called The Jamming Session held in the Graduate Centre in 2013.
How did you find the experience of studying abroad?
“Coming from Ghana straight to London and being the first time away from Africa, this experience has been so eye-opening for me. I am so grateful for this opportunity to see the diverse communities within London and was honoured to have the the chance to be involved in things such as the 2012 London Olympic Games and the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. I am also very happy that I am able to encourage young people from certain poorer areas to further their education. I told them that if I can come on a plane from Ghana you can get on a bus from up the road for sure!”
Anthony graduated in 2013 from London Met top of his class with Merit Honours. His project focused on synthesising new anti-malaria medications and he was supervised by Dr Kevin Devine. He has now been accepted at the University of Westminster to pursue a PhD researching on liver protection medicines. He continues to write various articles and publish them on Yahoo! Voices including an ongoing article on being an international student in London titled London: Through the Eye-View of a Newcomer.
Anthony’s story shows us that studying in London is not just about your academic achievements but also about being involved in what is going on around you within the University and the wider city itself. For Anthony, his open attitude to his new life in London has given him not only his master’s degree and a route into a PhD, but also a rare insight into the different communities in London.