Project Assistant at International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Akua Nyamekye Darko finished her master's degree in geography in 2014. She now works as a Project Assistant at the UN Migration Agency - International Organization for Migration.
Why did you choose to study geography?
I chose to study Geography at the University of Bergen because the curriculum was going to give me a better understanding of the society. Specifically how space and time worked to influence an individual's behavior.
What is your best memories from the geography studies in Bergen?
My best memory of my time in the program was the 'reading time' in the study room. As a student we shared our frustrations about writing our thesis as well as our successes. We could stay long hours into the night supporting each other.
What did you study in your master project?
My electives were Food greography, Poltical ecology among others. My thesis was about exploring the factors influencing the gendered difference in healthy lifestyle (diet and physical activity) among adults in Ghana.
What is your current occupation?
Today I work on migration and health related projects. I travel around Norway to facilitate training programs for profesisionals working with migrants. These training models are to provide staff members basic health information needed to help migrants in health crisis.
How are the geography studies of relevance for you in your work?
Through my studies in geography I gained knowledge of the human environment and the social factors that influence behavior. These concepts I use everyday during my work.
What is your advice to new geography students?
My advice generally is to make the most of your time during your studies, make time to study and make the right connections.