Rachel Amanda Ansong
Mellon Mays Fellow
Rachel Amanda Ansong was born into the cool arms of the southwesterly winds of Accra. Unlike her siblings and many of her friends, nothing in her name suggests that she was raised on the soft Ghanaian soil for 12 years. When she initially moved to America, she had difficulty assimilating to the new culture. Her Ghanaian accent, especially, prohibited her from freely expressing herself in the classroom. However, her faith in God and support from family and dedicated teachers helped her to successfully graduate from middle school as valedictorian as well as to finish high school a year early, also graduating at the top of her class.
At the age of 16, she received a scholarship to study at a Harvard Summer School Program where she discovered her love for literature and creative writing from reading works by Thoreau, Lopate, Hazzlit, and Shonagon.
At City College, Rachel is an English Honors student who loves expressing herself through poetry as well as reading various epics and works of literature. Rachel dedicated one of her summers to reading various books by Chinua Achebe to learn more about her neighboring West African country of Nigeria and the art of storytelling. Rachel is a recipient of the David Dortort Undergraduate Fellowship in creative writing. An aspiring English professor, she hopes to retrieve and preserve the memories of West African women in the Diaspora.