Student Spotlight: Amare Osei

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Name: Amare Osei

Hometown: Chesterfield, Virginia

High School: Mathematics and Science High School at Clover Hill

Year at UVA: 2nd year

Major: Undeclared–thinking about cognitive science with a concentration in neuroscience on the pre-med track

Involvement at UVA: Daniel Hale Williams Pre-Medical Society; Student Organization for Caribbean Awareness (SOCA); Black Student Alliance, Academic and Career Development Committee

If there was one thing you wish someone had told you during the college admission process, what would that have been?

Being yourself is the most important thing when it comes to applying to colleges. Of course, scores will matter, but at the end of the day these numbers don’t define you in any way, shape, or form. Do not let anyone tell you that you have no shot at getting into a university because your scores may not be at the high end of the spectrum! Expressing yourself through your application essays is what really sets you apart from other applicants, and gives colleges the chance to connect with you.

Why did you decide to come to the University of Virginia?

I know this is cliché but I fell in love with UVA as soon as I stepped foot on grounds. I think what attracted me was seeing how lively it was here; there was a certain buzz in the air that made me feel like this was somewhere I wanted to be.  I was also in awe at how academic it was here. It just seemed to me as if I would be learning in such an intellectually stimulating environment. Other than this, UVA really checked all my boxes in terms of distance from home, population size, and level of rigor. After I got back my college acceptance letters, it was an easy decision.

Share with us your thoughts/feelings about diversity at the University of Virginia.

While I do wish that UVA was more diverse, I believe that there truly is a place for everyone here. We have tons of multicultural organizations here on grounds, and although it may take some time, everyone finds a community in which they feel comfortable.

I say I want more diversity, but at the same time, UVA is the most diverse environment I have personally been a part of. I have gotten to learn from so many people about different cultures and lifestyles, and I’m very appreciative of that.

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