Seeker: Ollie Fosu

 Ollie FosuAlways seeking the next opportunity, Ollie Fosu says, “I was looking for the school that would give me the most complete college experience, and I found that at Lafayette. From the time I received the personalized acceptance letter, I knew it was a place that genuinely wanted to see me succeed.”

  • BEGINNINGS: in Detroit, Mich., Fosu was raised in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Finland. While his parents remained overseas, he moved to Alexandria, Va., for his final two years of high school, graduating from Episcopal High School.
  • ACADEMIC FOCUS: A Marquis Scholar, Fosu plans to major in electrical and computer engineering, but is also interested in government and law, economics, and policy studies. “As a liberal arts college, Lafayette gives me the room to explore and then narrow down my vast options as I become sure of what I want to do for the rest of my life.”
  • CAPITOL HILL: During an internship with U.S. Rep. Dina Titus (Nev.), Fosu got an insider’s look at the workings of Congress, accompanying Titus, assisting with research, and attending briefings and press gatherings.
  • CAMPUS VISIT: Fosu calls the campus “stunning” and jokes that it literally brought him to tears—the blooms caused his allergies to flare. Seriously though, he says, “I didn’t mind because I might have cried anyway. Four years spent anywhere is a long time, and a place as beautiful as Lafayette made my decision that much easier.”
    • Book: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
    • Movie: Saving Private Ryan
    • TV Show: Friday Night Lights
    • Food: grapes
    • Song: “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
    • Free Time: guitar and soccer
    • Last Word: “I saw Lafayette as an unmistakable opportunity to explore my interests, fully prepare myself for the world beyond college, and maybe join the baking club while I’m at it…‘cur non?’”