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Flora Kutorkor Addison | Ghana | Determination To Excel

Updated: Aug 8, 2022

Public Relations | Beauty Entrepreneur | Makeup Artist

It all started with a decision! A decision to do better and make my family and myself proud! Before I started university, I told myself I wasn’t going to disappoint myself and my family anymore. I knew I was a bright student. I just didn’t know what went wrong then. I had become lazy and comfortable with whatever grades I got in high school.

My poor (not so poor...haha) grades really didn’t give me so much enthusiasm for what the future could hold. I had to rewrite some of my high school final exams papers so I could gain admission into the university. For the first time, I made an introspection and made a conscious decision! A decision to do better, better than before. This decision fuelled my life during my 4-year period on Central University, Ghana campus. Although I drifted and my GPA dropped from first class after my first year, I realigned with my goals and that was it! That was really it! I prepared better for class, I developed a positive attitude towards class, I was actively engaged with every class, and I saw a tremendous change in my grades. It didn’t only excite me, but it made me aware that I can really do anything I put my mind to and work at.

The same girl who was complacent, now was not even satisfied with a B+ and worked her way up to becoming not only a first-class student but also the best student in her class. Throughout my journey, I relied greatly on God while I also had people who impacted me greatly and pushed me, lectures, and some senior colleagues. My defining moment, my proud moment, was when I received the message that I had topped my class and shared this amazing news with my family and also when my name was called on the day of graduation for my award!! I couldn’t help but teared up and reminisced. I really made myself proud! I really did it! And it was all thanks to God and my determination to excel.

What were the biggest initial hurdles and how did you overcome them?

Staying focused and juggling between the many things I was doing were some of my biggest hurdles. With so many things happening around me, it was easy for me to lose focus of my goals and drift slightly. Noticing this, I tried as much as possible to be intentional about everything I do, critically evaluating my reasons for doing certain things and making sure I stay on course. I also tasked people around me to help me stay accountable.

What books are you currently reading?

I am currently reading from “Clueless to Success” by Adedoyin Jaiyesimi and rereading “Who moved my Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson - they are both shaping me in my current role.

Advice to an upcoming youth or talents locally and internationally?

Be actively engaged, be determined and work hard towards your short and long-term goals!

Social Media Handles:

LinkedIn: Flora Kutorkor Addison

Instagram: ms_flora_


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