Papa Kwesi Yorke – Milwaukee

Papa Yorke
Papa Kwesi Yorke is pursuing a degree in electrical engineering at MSOE that will prepare him for a career working with renewable energies.

Name: Papa Kwesi Yorke

Hometown: Milwaukee

Course of Study: Electrical Engineering

 Why did you choose MSOE?
I decided to attend MSOE because I felt like it was a place with a great opportunity to gain knowledge in engineering and have less distractions while doing it. Also, the smaller class sizes, that my father attended, and it was close to home.

What are your career goals?
I look to one day work with renewable energies, particularly solar technology as I have done some research on the topic, however I am not picky.

How has financial aid impacted your college experience?
Financial aid is very important for me because I don’t come from the wealthiest household. MSOE is expensive, but I am investing in my future here, so I can pay back the debts I’m taking on. Every little scholarship or grant is big for me. I worry I’m taking on too much sometimes, but doing well in school will make up for all of it.

Did receiving financial aid impact your decision to attend MSOE?
It certainly did. I know staying in the city and state would keep some of the college costs low, and MSOE did give me the best package for financial aid along with the other scholarship opportunities that I applied for once I got here. I wish I got more, but I can’t complain with what I have now. I am blessed.

What will a college degree mean to you?
A college degree will validate all that I have put myself through in my time here. It’s really tough, I won’t lie. I have to grind every day, but knowing what’s on the other side, I’m willing to do whatever I have to do to get that degree. I don’t want to be another statistic, so they say. I am concerned with college retention rates but more specifically of the black students who attend. I would like to see them higher and more people come in pursuit of them, including myself.

Have you learned something during college you didn’t expect?
College has opened my eyes to a lot of things, both good and bad. It can be a struggle. It’s also interesting to listen to people with all different backgrounds come together to learn something. It can be great. It’s also nice to see what you’re striving for every day in front of you in your professors. It’s really tested me to find out what I want, like, don’t like, and whatnot. I’m still figuring it all out, but it’s all a part of the journey called life, so I’m embracing it.

What are your plans after graduation?
Honestly, I’m not all that sure. I am really thinking about graduate school, but if the right job opportunity hits me, I will take it. Hopefully at a renewable energy company or possibly even working in a lab somewhere developing the next project in solar tech. I am still open to all possibilities.

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