Three months after Ama Akoto-Boateng arrived, in March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. She was barely through with her first semester of graduate studies at Andrews University. Even during normal times, it can be a struggle to get accustomed to a new environment. How much more difficult when a pandemic hits?
Three months after I arrived, in March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. I was barely through with my first semester of graduate studies at Andrews University. Even during normal times, it can be a struggle to get accustomed to a new environment. How much more difficult when a pandemic hits?
In those dark moments, I took inspiration from seeing the glass as half-full, not half-empty. I based my faith on God’s words in Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (NIV).
A few days after the University shut down, I received an email from my department, calling for any interested students for an internship opportunity at AdventHealth.
Immediately, my interest was sparked; it was my passion to make a difference in the lives of others. This, along with my deep involvement in a previous healthcare project, motivated me to pursue a career at AdventHealth, an organization I’ve come to admire and respect for its unique mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ.
My first point of contact at AdventHealth was Stephen Smith, an amazing talent recruiter. After a series of virtual interviews, AdventHealth extended an offer in October 2020 for a 2021 summer communications internship at the corporate office. It was evident to me that this was the hand of God, connecting me to the path He had prepared for me.
After three months of the summer internship and four months of an extended fall internship, I was offered a permanent seat at the table. This opportunity was offered thanks to my incredible team members at the AdventHealth Leadership Institute and corporate communications who had confidence in my talents and abilities.
I’m grateful to God for connecting me—not only to a great place to study, but a great place to work, too.
Ama Akoto-Boateng is an Internal Communications specialist at AdventHealth. She completed her master’s degree in Communication at Andrews University in December 2021.