Scholars student on stage

Andrew Tawiah, a Justice and Legal Thought alum, grew up in Baltimore, Md., in a Ghanaian household. He says his background has influenced not only his drive for academic success--but also his taste in food.

#ScholarsMigrate: On the Drive for Academic Success

In support of our “Migrations” theme for 2018–2019, College Park Scholars is asking our students, alumni, faculty and staff to share some aspect of their migrations stories—be it the impact of their parents’ background as immigrants, their culture shock migrating to college or something else altogether. The following is the first of our Scholars’ stories.

Andrew Tawiah

Year: Senior

Scholars program: Justice and Legal Thought

Alexandra Marquez standing at early voting station with "I voted" stickers

On Oct. 27, 2018, second-year Media, Self and Society Scholar Alexandra Marquez voted for the first time when she cast an early vote for the 2018 midterm elections. As a TerpsVote intern, she has learned how critical midterm elections actually are and is urging her fellow students to make their voices heard by voting.

Use Your Student Voice: Vote

Throughout my childhood, I remember waiting in long lines in the cold with my parents at my local middle school on Election Day. My parents are immigrants; my dad is from El Salvador, and my mom is from the Ukraine. The right to vote wasn’t really something that was represented well in either of their countries. So when they became U.S. citizens, being able to vote was really important to them. For them, it was meaningful to be able to vote every Election Day and to know that every vote counted.

A Scholars-wide field trip exploring the narratives of forced and liberatory migration connected students with the Harriet Tubman Byway and Maryland's deep history. PHOTO: Jess Krenek

Choosing Their Own Path

“You’re going to Meredith Farm after this?” asked our tour guide, Matt Meredith, as I stood in the cramped interior of the Bucktown Village Store with 16 first- and second-year Scholars.

“It’s on the Byway list,” I explained.

“That was my family’s farm. There’s nothing there anymore,” Matt said.