This is your weekly personality show where we are up close and personal with the body of PENSA-KNUST. In this interview, we meet an elegant lady from the Computer Committee. Relax, read and enjoy what she has to share with us.
Who is behind Miss Catherine?
I am Atasige Amandine Catherine. I’m the first of 5 children. I come from Mirigu a suburb of Navrongo, in the Upper East Region of Ghana. I was born on the 8th day of September, 1996. I’m a 3rd year Economics student. I’m not too shy but depending on some circumstances I can be shy sometimes. I have been a resident at Brunei throughout my stay in KNUST.
Share with us your experience in the second cycle institution.
I attended Our Lady of Lourdes Girls Senior High School, Navrongo. I was part of several clubs because I liked to be involved in a lot of things. I became the library prefect in my second year, so I spent a lot of time in the library. I enjoyed sporting activities as well. I was always engaged in either sporting activities or at the library, hence I made few friends.
Miss Catherine, kindly tell us about your programme of study.
When I was offered the course, hearing from old folks, most people said it was difficult, some also said it was easy, but I have come to experience it myself. Economics is not really difficult but it is involving because you have to read wide; not only on the Ghanaian economy but on a worldwide basis to be able to make correct judgment. I really love it but the fact is, economics can be an average drainer as well as an average booster, so it depends on you and your God.
I never thought of KNUST. I had an interest to study either Economics or Statistics at the University of Development Studies but I was offered Settlement Planning instead. God being so good I had a free admission from KNUST. This was because my school was a less endowed school as classified by GES. I came here because of my interest in Economics.
How has life been on campus, being in your third year?
School has been interesting. Initially, I used to hear negative stuff about university students but I have come to realize that it is where young people have the freedom to live the life of their choice. KNUST is an encouraging environment because everyone is busy doing something at a particular point in time. If you want to grow spiritually you can do so very well, you can do the opposite as well.
What do you have to say about PENSA-KNUST?
I didn’t expect much from PENSA as a body of Christ because I went to a Catholic school where I had no exposure to PENSA. Having been in KNUST for 3 years now, PENSA KNUST is a real family of the faith. When you want to work for God, you get a lot of work to do, when you want to be idle as well you can be, considering our large number but remember God is the ultimate.
What can you say about the structure of PENSA-KNUST?
Considering the structure of the executive body and the various committees, it gives way for self-grooming, self-branding and personal relationship with the members. The structure of the committees helps to give a deeper understanding of our Christian faith.
Which committee do you belong to?
Computer Committee is my main committee, but I enjoy evangelizing and setting up the place for service hence I’m part of the Evangelism and Organizing Committee.
Amongst all the committees, why the Computer Committee?
When I came in first year, I wanted to join Evangelism Committee but I was not so close to anyone. So I walked straight into Computer Committee prayer meeting one evening and I have been a very active member. I don’t regret being a member of Computer Committee though.
What is your take on this year’s theme and focus?
Abounding in good works; the focus abounding in good works provides grounds for the believer to be steadfast and therefore walk in the will of God as the theme requires of us. I therefore believe strongly that if I abound in good works, know God well and keep my faith strengthened, my will shall fall in place with respects to God’s will for me.
Which part of the Bible really speaks to you?
John 14:15. “If you love me keep my commandments.”
I like it because everything about Jesus is in His commandments (his very words) so to be able to fulfill that which you’re supposed to do as a Christian, you need to know His commandments and obey them and that is what Christianity is all about; knowing Him, believing in Him and obeying His instructions as well walking in the fullness of Him.
Who is your favourite Bible character?
Which activities do you enjoy during your leisure time?
I enjoy playing football and reading Christian literature. I also enjoy listening to solemn music during my leisure time.
What is your vision and mission in life?
I envision a world of Christian believers and an impactful life of which I can achieve, believing in God and living a life of impact.
How did you become born again?
I was born into the Church but in 2011 I truly dedicated my life to God and believed in him.
What should we expect from you in the next 5 years?
In the next 5 years, I should be done with my master’s degree and have engaged myself in something worth earning.
Are you in a relationship?
What’s your motivation in life?
The struggles of Jesus for my redemption, the life of true believers, like Paul and my own daddy; he’s a focused person, he likes letting go of things that distract him.
Please do you have any testimony to share with us?
When I was about to write BECE, I was attacked with serious ear problem and I couldn’t endure the pain. Upon visiting several hospitals the ache still persisted. During the dawn prayer meeting at the Christmas convention that year, I was prayed for and afterwards I was healed.
What has been your most memorable day in life?
The day I stood for a quiz and my team lost is the day I will never forget.
Any advice for the youth?
As Ecclesiastes 12:1 says, we should remember our creator in the days of our youth.
What improvement do you want to see in PENSA- KNUST?
We should encourage visitation and the involvement of members.
Any requests from the church?
I want the church to pray for my family and community.
Thank you very much for your time. God bless you.