Name: Varbah H. Sorsor
School: Clark Atlanta University
Degree Level: PhD Candidate
1. Why did you choose your major/concentration?
I began to like chemistry from high school. My high school teacher was so experienced and included real-life illustrations in his teaching. He worked with Firestone Rubber Company as a chemist. So, he taught the subject with such great enthusiasm. I always liked his class and made good grades at the time.
I remember him lecturing on the contribution of Marie Curie to science – radioactivity. He said this was a female with such high work. I got more interested because, I said to myself, I can do chemistry as well. I wanted to learn more and gain a better understanding of the various fields. My emphasis in polymer chemistry deepened when I started graduate studies at CAU. My advisor, Dr. Mintz is such a knowledgeable person, with his mentorship I am excited for this field.
2. What do you love about your school?
I love the excellent educational programs, friendly environment, good knowledgeable professors, research and the library.
3. What’s your favorite food?
Torbogee and rice.
4. Who is your number one role model and why?
My late father, Massayan K Sorsor. He always said “V.S, be normal by learning. What goes into your head, no one can take it out. It takes you to heights you won’t easily imagine.”
5. When you were younger, what did you want to become and why? Did that change when you got older? If so, why?
When I was younger, I wanted to become a medical Doctor to treat people because I admired the doctors that were best friends to my dad. My dad was a biomedical engineer and worked for the hospital.
However, when I got to high school, I had great teachers both in chemistry and biology. I got more attracted to chemistry. Therefore, during my undergraduate studies, I majored in Chemistry then minored in biology with the mindset that I could attend medical school if the possibility exists.
On the other hand, I prefer chemistry because I find it more interesting. My dad kept reminding me about my dream of being a medical doctor. Therefore, I attempted medical school placement test but was in search of scholarships for Chemistry. So, once I was offered a scholarship for Chemistry, my preference was then considered.
6. What’s your favorite thing about Liberia?
7. What would you like to do, after obtaining your degree?
I would like to acquire more hands-on experience and teach students to help make chemistry livelier in Liberia.
8. Do you have a message for the UCL?
I do appreciate the effort UCL is exerting to help equip Liberian scholars. Keep up the excellent work!