5 Questions 4: Stephanie Owusu ‘20

Congratulations on your selection as a Merrill Scholar! What author do you hope to research this summer?
I am very excited to have the opportunity to be a Merrill Scholar. As a new program, it offered a unique opportunity for me to explore my love for literature and English. As we began to consider preliminary research topics, we were asked to take notes of our interest from both scholarly and extracurricular [perspectives], finding overlaps that would create an interesting research topic. As race plays a prominent role in my life and I have always enjoyed working with children in community service, I have decided to research: The Discussion of Race in Children’s Literature during the 19th and 20th centuries. In doing so, I will be studying classic children's authors such as Dr. Seuss, Mark Twain, and Lewis Carroll. I hope to make new observations and discover [how these works] impacted the children of the time.
What should every prospective student ask his/her tour guide?
I remember distinctly arriving on the Lawrenceville campus and immediately recognizing the warm and unique community surrounding me. Everyone seemed to be following their passion. Ultimately, the sense of community drew me to attend Lawrenceville. I knew that I would be able to explore my passion for writing and community service in encouraging community. That’s why I think every prospective student should ask his/her tour guide what drew them to Lawrenceville. You might just hear a little bit about their passion.
If you could have an all-expenses paid trip anywhere, where would you go?
If I could have an all-expenses paid trip anywhere, I would go to Ghana, a small country on the west coast of Africa. My family is from Ghana and every time I visit, I feel at home. From the beautiful sights to the delicious food and the lively culture, visiting Ghana always feels like home, because I get to see my family.
What always cheers you up?
What always cheers me up, especially after a long day of classes and work is walking to Purple Cow with my friends and enjoying a half scoop of cold, creamy cookie dough ice cream in a wafer cone!
What has been your favorite Lawrenceville class thus far?
Attending Lawrenceville, has given me the opportunity to grow in Harkness and see myself grow as a student. I have had so many interesting classes, but the class I have enjoyed the most was Design with [former Visual Arts Master] Mr. [Stuart] Robertson [Lawrenceville Class of 2011], my sophomore year. Not only was I able to address advertisement and social problems through art, I was able to extend outside my comfort zone and use new forms of media such as Photoshop. That class truly combined what I had learned from traditional academic courses and art. One of my favorite projects was the book cover redesign for “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson. It was a long process, full of many edits, but it was all worth it for the final product!
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