After graduation, Tri began working for Teach for America.
She was placed in the Phoenix, Arizona region as a special education teacher for middle schoolers. While teaching, Tri is also pursuing a master’s degree in special education at Arizona State University.
Tri Ofosu-Ameyaw speaks from experience when she says Washington College has offered her opportunities she wouldn’t have had at other schools. After her freshman year, she transferred to the University of Maryland, College Park but returned to WC after only one semester.
“I feel like leaving and coming back really helped me appreciate Washington College so much more. I’ve been able to intern for a member of the House of Delegates in Maryland. I’m now a Presidential Fellow for the Study of American Presidency in Congress. I’m doing so much now that I don’t think I would have been able to do if I went anywhere else.”
In addition to learning first-hand about government and politics in Annapolis and Washington, D.C., Tri is able to apply her experiences as a member of the Student Government Association. Currently SGA president, Tri says serving on the Senate has been invaluable in teaching her how to manage people, balance her time, budget money, and communicate her ideas.
“It’s really helped me develop as a leader,” she says.
Tri has also had opportunities to pursue her interest in religion. She is the treasurer for Campus Christian Fellowship as well as a member of Hillel, the student-run organization supporting the Jewish community on campus.
Tri attributes some of her success to the support she’s received from on-campus resources including the Writing, Math, and Career Centers.
“The Writing Center is something I really used my first semester here at Washington College. They were instrumental in helping transition my writing from high school style writing to college style writing. I really used the services at the Math Center when I was taking a statistics course and having a really hard time. There was always someone there to help me get an A on my test.”
As she looked forward to her future, Tri turned to the Career Center. “Jim Allison and Vicky Sawyer helped me format and polish my resumes, to make them pop to perspective employers. They’ve also helped me with interview preparation and techniques and connected me with alumni.”
The double major in psychology and political science also values the personal attention and encouragement of her professors, especially Dr. Lauren Littlefield, Dr. Jessica Gerrity and Dr. Melissa Deckman, whom she regards as mentors, friends and role models.
“They’ve become more than just professors to me. They’re women I really look up to, and I aspire to be like them someday.”
Tri wasn’t initially interested in following in their footsteps and becoming a teacher, but tutoring at a local elementary school for a service project changed her mind. “I felt like I was doing something really productive,” she says.
Recently selected as a Teach for America Corp Member, Tri will teach special education to children in grades K-8 in Phoenix, Arizona after graduation, and she’s looking forward to applying the knowledge and skills she learned at WC.
“Political science helped me understand how the government is involved with education, and psychology gave me a much broader perspective on human nature. As a teacher, I’ll have students from different backgrounds and social classes, and understanding those differences will help me reach out to students.”
- Majors: Political Science, Psychology
- Minor: Philosophy and Religion
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- President: Student Government Association
- Treasurer: Campus Christian Fellowship
- Member: Hillel
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Hometown and high school? Hagerstown, MD/South Hagerstown HS