UG graduate admitted into fully-funded Ph.D. program at Ohio University after nearly giving up during application

Sometimes, all you have to do is try!

After getting her first degree in BFA Theatre for Development at the University of Ghana, a brilliant young lady called Eirene Binabiba nearly put away her application for further education at Ohio University, which happens to be one of her dream schools.

To think I was going to give up on this some months ago makes this surreal,” she recalls in a post on her LinkedIn account.

According to Eirene, what made her persist was the support system she had. She dedicated an entire paragraph in her post appreciating them in the words:

I wanted to give up at a point but the words and guidance of wonderful people kept me going. I want to say a huge thank you to Dr. Edna Wangui , Dr. Brandon Kendhammer , Dr. Gilbert Michaud, PhD and Dr Eve Ng, for constructively guiding me. I also want to say a big thank you to two of my mentors Mr. Abdul Karim Hakib, PhD, and Professor Francis Dodoo for believing in my when I was a tiny undergraduate doubting myself. They have been a constant push till now. I will also be forever grateful to Mustapha Braimah who told me about Ohio University and pushed me to apply. Grateful to my family and loved ones for all the support and prayers 🤗

Ohio University is a public research university in Athens, Ohio in the United States of America. It was the first university chartered by an Act of Congress and the first to be chartered in Ohio, it was chartered in 1787 by the Congress of the Confederation and subsequently approved for the territory in 1802 and state in 1804, opening for students in 1809.

Eirene says studying her fully funded PhD in Mass communication-Media Arts & Studies program in the school will offer her the opportunity to dive deeper in her interest areas which are social media, communication, digital advocacy, digital analytics and gender.

Someway somehow I’m on a journey to finding out how these topics intersect and how I can contribute to ongoing scholarly work,” she added.