Welcome to the Personality Show where we get close and personal with the body of PENSA-KNUST. This week, we meet a former NSMQ student from Bible Study Committee offering Pharmacy (Dr), let’s feel some pressure from her.
Who is behind Alice Acheamah Darko?
I am the last of seven siblings, born on the 25th July 1994. I hail from Kwahu in the Eastern Region and I live at Tantra Hills in Accra. I fellowship with Medea English Assembly of the Church of Pentecost around Achimota. I had my basic education at Medea Presby School and Medea DA/JHS and had my second cycle education at Krobo Girls’ Presbyterian Senior High school, Odumasi-Krobo in the Eastern Region. I studied General Science and completed in 2013. I proceeded to KNUST in 2014 to study PHARM D and by the grace of God, I am in my fifth year. I’m an affiliate of Independence Hall. I am the objective type, analytical, specific and task oriented. I have few close friends.
Share with us your experience in the second cycle institution?
Entering the second cycle institution had been a new phase in the academic ladder. It was also another phase where I was getting to know God making my life in SHS chiefly the spiritual and academic. I wasn’t the sociable type way back in SHS. I had a school mother who was the GHAMSU President by then, who coached me regarding my spiritual life and also by God’s grace my academics was a success. I represented my school in National Science and Math Quiz and also emerged as the best student for the third year group in 2013 by the grace of God. I was the House 6 Rep for PENSA.
I wasn’t really biased towards the choice of schools. I was more interested in the program I am offered by the school. So KNUST offered the program of my choice so I came here.
Alice Acheamah Darko, kindly tell us about Doctor of Pharmacy?
PHARM D is a professional program that focuses on the treatment and medication aspect of health. It’s about interventions and optimizations that can be done for the patient to maintain health and to prevent disability.
How has campus been from first year to fifth year?
It has been interesting. First year has been one of the most stressful; the course was so demanding in time and a lot of work both in class and outside the classroom. But in second year, things normalized and I was able to effectively combine both the spiritual and academic life as compared to first year when I was skewed more toward the academics. My social life has improved with time. I must say that, it has not become easier but I have matured to be able to handle all these important aspects of life effectively and successfully. So far campus has impacted me positively.
What can you tell us about PENSA-KNUST?
PENSA-KNUST is a wonderful family. Actually it is beyond my expectations. Aside that, PENSA has offered me the opportunity to mature in my academic and spiritual life. I have learnt from a lot of ministrations in PENSA and that has transformed me in various ways. It has given me the opportunity to exercise giftings of the Lord, specifically the gift of teaching.
Amongst all the committees, why did you choose Bible Study committee?
I begun studying scriptures properly in SHS and the understanding I begun to receive really imparted me. It stirred up a much stronger interest and passion to study the word of God. The more I studied, the more I realize there’s much more so that’s why I joined the Bible Study Committee as soon as I came to the university.
What is your take on this year’s theme and focus?
Becoming like Christ: It is an appropriate theme for times like this in the church, in that, currently, there are lots of things that take the church’s attention away from the primary purpose of salvation which is for us to become like Christ. Therefore, it is important that we are reminded of the main purpose, be taught so that in all things we do, we grow up to become like Christ. Paul said in Galatians 4:19 that he travails in birth until Christ be formed in us and that’s the same thing Jesus Christ said in Ephesians 5:27 that He presents to Himself the church, glorious, without blemish and wrinkles and that constitutes to we becoming like Christ as well.
Abiding in His Word: Christ himself is the word so as a church who wants to become like Christ, we need to abide in Christ who is the word.
Which part of the Bible really speaks to you?
John 1:13, “which were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man but of God“. So it tells me that God is the one who has given birth me, so in all that I do, I need to trace my origin from Him knowing that I am in line with His will. Even in times of challenges and in need, because He is the one that gave birth to me, I am His responsibility and whatever I need He will provide it for me.
Who is your favorite Bible character?
My favorite bible character is Daniel. He was able to demonstrate his faith in character even in the most challenging times. Daniel saying purposely that he will not defile himself with the king’s food even though he was aware of the consequences not only to himself but to the servants that was sent to serve him and when he refuse to bow to the image after all the king has done for him. He was still not interested in serving the king but was rather interested in serving God. I aspire to also grow and mature to that point.
Who inspires you?
Actually, a lot of people inspire me, depending on what I am doing. Men of God inspire me a lot. Also those who are able to reach a high level of education as they excel in their Christian life. People who have had a lot of challenges but are able to make it in life and also the leaders of PENSA inspire me.
Which sporting activity do you enjoy and what do you enjoy during your leisure time?
Football; I used to play football in JHS but now I don’t usually play it. I read and watch short movies during my leisure time.
What is your vision and mission in life?
My vision is to bring hope to people through the knowledge of Christ and the discharging of my duties as a pharmacist. And also to be an inspiration to all.
My mission is equipping myself with the study and interpretation of the word of God. Also acquiring knowledge and capacity building in my chosen field of practice.
How did you become born again?
In 2007, a senior in JHS who is currently an elder of the church of Pentecost invited me for a rally they had at church, I attended and when it was time for people to accept Christ, I stepped forward and accepted the Lord as my personal savior.
What should we expect from you in the next 5 years?
In the next five years. I should be doing my PhD in the pursuit of becoming a lecturer and then practicising with excellence as a pharmacist. Happily married and above all, a teacher of the word.
Are you in a relationship?
Yes. By God’s grace I am with a very wonderful gentleman and praying that God will continually prepare, direct and guide us to marriage.
What is your take on dating on campus?
Dating is okay on campus except that one should be matured in indulging in it. It must add up in all aspects of your life positively. Otherwise go back and learn as you focus on the basic things, that is the academic and spiritual life until you are matured enough to be able to combine it with these primary purposes.
What do you look out for in your future spouse?
Aside all the basic things a Christian lady will look for in her spouse, he should be optimistic and positively oriented. He should be motivational, encouraging and he should have a listening ear, he should be tolerant in all his dealings, be open with me and also he must be hardworking.
What’s your motivation in life?
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. The world is not interested in the obstacles that I face but in the results and impact that I need to make whatsoever the challenges may be, I need to go against all odds and accomplish the purpose for which God created me for.
Please do you have any testimony to share with us?
In third year, I was struggling to pay my fees. In my quest to seek help, I went to the account office only to be told that more than 50% of the money had been paid. So, till date I never knew how that money was paid but I knew that God Himself provided, so I am grateful to God for that. Also in fourth year, my mom fell sick and I had huge financial challenges which even affected my academics. So during fundraising, I prayed and gave to God purposely about these three things and just before school resumed this academic year, my mom had fully recovered. I had a scholarship that will cover my fees and accommodation till I complete school and finally when my results came last semester, it was one of the best I have ever had.
What improvement do you want to see in PENSA-KNUST?
Members should participate more in the committee and hall levels as much as they go for the midweek, Sunday services and other special programs.
What change would you like to see in the church?
Sometimes with the organization of services, especially when our freshmen arrive, we have an anticipated number of seats for the Sunday service but then we seem to wait when service is ongoing and more people coming before we procure seats for them and yet still some people even stand. It doesn’t create a good impression as PENSA especially to our freshmen. It also distracts the service to some extent.
What do you love about PENSA-KNUST?
It is able to draw the spiritual calendar with programs and timings, that is able to meet the need of student and allow them to participate effectively in all their activities.
What advice do you have for the youth?
The youth is a period for building ourselves up, so we need to explore and cease every opportunity that builds us up in our Christian life and various chosen fields of interest and not spend time on unnecessary things because this is our day, and night cometh when we can no longer work.
Thank you very much for your time. God bless you.