Degree: B.A. in Dance
Graduation Date: May 2017
High School/Hometown: Columbia High School/Maplewood, NJ
Clubs/Activities: WILD, TRIO-SSS, Black Student Union, Chi Alpha Epsilon, Kappa Omicron Nu
Leading the way in the GCU community is dance major Ama Gora. Coming from Maplewood, New Jersey, Ama was initially headed toward Montclair State University. However, she says visiting Georgian Court made her change direction.
“The financial assistance that the university offered showed me their interest in me,” says Ama. “The small teacher-to-student ratio was also important. I didn’t want to be another number or a forgotten face in a classroom; I wanted to stand out and leave a mark. I knew that I could do that here.”
Ama began to make that mark right away—in leadership opportunities throughout the GCU community. She joined the Women in Leadership (WILD) program and became a “bubbly and significant factor” as an Orientation Leader for New Student Orientation. She also assisted in dance department Open Houses and served as a Phonathon caller.
“I believe that my current blessings are because of the supportive community that exists at Georgian Court. I know that my education at GCU has been unique and led me closer to myself. It is true that your experiences are what you make of them, but the people within this community have left me with memorable lessons that I couldn’t create on my own.”
“As a Phonathon caller, I made significant connections with alumni and converted non-donors into donors. These first steps into leadership have resulted in my many successes today,” she says.
Ama’s time at GCU may coming to a close, but her involvement continues. She still serves as a WILD Peer Advisory Board member and is an active member of the Black Student Union and TRIO-SSS (Student Support Services). She is the president of the GCU chapter of Chi Alpha Epsilon, the national EOF honor society, and a member of Kappa Omicron Nu, the human sciences honor society. But, she says, one of her greatest achievements at GCU is being accepted into the M.F.A. in Dance program at Temple University—following in the footsteps of her mentor Silvana Cardell, GCU chair of the Department of Dance.
To Ama, her GCU experience presented many opportunities for personal growth.
“As I conclude my time here at GCU, I am taking parts of it with me. GCU has taught me that as an individual, you can create community anywhere,” says Ama. “GCU has showed me that integrity can take you far, and that one should never put limits on one’s success.”
Story contributed by Heidi V. Chaya ’17, who will graduate in December 2017 with a B.A. in English and a concentration in writing.