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STAC Student Turns His Life Around Finding Joy In Art Therapy

Nov 04, 2019

STAC Student Turns His Life Around Finding Joy In Art Therapy

Art speaks when words fail. St. Thomas Aquinas College Art Therapy junior, George Nkrumah Meizah has endured many adversities to arrive where he is today. George was born and raised single-handedly by his mother in Ghana until 17 years old when he made the life-changing decision to emigrate to the United States. His reason? To receive a top-notch education.

The opportunity to emigrate came about when George’s estranged father offered to help him travel to New York to pursue a better education. Despite the uncertainty of traveling across the Atlantic alone, leaving his beloved mother behind and being immersed in a new family and culture, George’s tenacity held him steadfast to his dream of coming to the United States.

After two years of facing hardships in his father’s home and the inability to find trustworthy role models, George opened up to a high school guidance counselor about wanting to run away from home. Ultimately, the safest and best option was to have George relocate to a men’s shelter. There, he could continue on a positive path towards his goals of living in a safe environment and pursue a degree in higher education. George flourished, graduating as valedictorian of his high school in 2017. He applied to St. Thomas Aquinas College and registered for summer prep classes within the College’s Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP.) George earned an HEOP scholarship providing him comprehensive academic support services throughout his years at the College.

George originally planned to major in the medical technology field but gravitated towards art therapy instead, since he felt a deeper connection to the field given his own journey. Art therapy helps people to express feelings, manage behavior, reduce anxiety and depression, learn socialization skills, and increase self-esteem. George is immersed in his studies at the College and strives to move forward in Art Therapy upon graduation and focus on working towards his Masters.

He is a hardworking individual with multiple goals: “For the future, my goals are to dedicate myself to what I like to do best. I want to continue to improve and learn more from my professors and people in the field and try hands-on skills to get better. I just want to help others, because I have been helped by numerous generous people, and it’s something I also wish to do.” George plans to intern or work in a hospital or rehabilitation center while advancing his degree. As a future Art Therapist, his ultimate dream is to work with either young children or the elderly and impact the lives of others.

George is a prime example of how STAC students shine and embrace the College’s motto: “to enlighten the mind through truth.” George has benefited from his Art Therapy major and Communication Arts minor studies at the College. Professors and advisors have provided George with unwavering support and have witnessed his brilliant work. George has grown into a confident and intelligent young man who always seeks new opportunities to achieve and reach new heights. The STAC community is proud to be a part of his inspiring journey.

Visit The New York Times article to read more about George’s inspiring story.

Student, George Nkrumah Meziah & art Professor Timothy Hull, in art classroom discussing George's canvas piece. Sitting on stool

Art speaks when words fail. St. Thomas Aquinas College Art Therapy junior, George Nkrumah Meizah has endured many adversities to arrive where he is today. George was born and raised single-handedly by his mother in Ghana until 17 years old when he made the life-changing decision to emigrate to the United States. His reason? To receive a top-notch education.

The opportunity to emigrate came about when George’s estranged father offered to help him travel to New York to pursue a better education. Despite the uncertainty of traveling across the Atlantic alone, leaving his beloved mother behind and being immersed in a new family and culture, George’s tenacity held him steadfast to his dream of coming to the United States.

After two years of facing hardships in his father’s home and the inability to find trustworthy role models, George opened up to a high school guidance counselor about wanting to run away from home. Ultimately, the safest and best option was to have George relocate to a men’s shelter. There, he could continue on a positive path towards his goals of living in a safe environment and pursue a degree in higher education. George flourished, graduating as valedictorian of his high school in 2017. He applied to St. Thomas Aquinas College and registered for summer prep classes within the College’s Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP.) George earned an HEOP scholarship providing him comprehensive academic support services throughout his years at the College.

George originally planned to major in the medical technology field but gravitated towards art therapy instead, since he felt a deeper connection to the field given his own journey. Art therapy helps people to express feelings, manage behavior, reduce anxiety and depression, learn socialization skills, and increase self-esteem. George is immersed in his studies at the College and strives to move forward in Art Therapy upon graduation and focus on working towards his Masters.

He is a hardworking individual with multiple goals: “For the future, my goals are to dedicate myself to what I like to do best. I want to continue to improve and learn more from my professors and people in the field and try hands-on skills to get better. I just want to help others, because I have been helped by numerous generous people, and it’s something I also wish to do.” George plans to intern or work in a hospital or rehabilitation center while advancing his degree. As a future Art Therapist, his ultimate dream is to work with either young children or the elderly and impact the lives of others.

George is a prime example of how STAC students shine and embrace the College’s motto: “to enlighten the mind through truth.” George has benefited from his Art Therapy major and Communication Arts minor studies at the College. Professors and advisors have provided George with unwavering support and have witnessed his brilliant work. George has grown into a confident and intelligent young man who always seeks new opportunities to achieve and reach new heights. The STAC community is proud to be a part of his inspiring journey.

Visit The New York Times article to read more about George’s inspiring story.

For more information, contact: Annie Lombardi, 845.398.4016 or [email protected]
 

St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located on 60 acres in Rockland County, NY, which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College’s 2,800 full and part time students can choose from more than 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across three Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education. The College is recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the Top-Tier for Regional Universities, by Colleges of Distinction in both its New York and Catholic editions, by Affordable Colleges Online as a top College in New York for Return on Investment, and is included as a Military Friendly School®. St. Thomas Aquinas College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; its School of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP); and its School of Business is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). For more information, visit www.stac.edu.