Frostburg State women’s basketball junior Adjowa Pinkrah is a law and society major with a concentration in criminal justice. She has strong opinions on a number of social issues, including sexual harassment and racism, and has a passion for basketball and music. Pinkrah and the Bobcats will host the Jim Crawley Tournament at Bobcat Arena this weekend. INTROUDCING … Adjowa Pinkrah.
Briefly, what is your background in the sport you play?
I’ve been playing basketball ever since the fourth grade. I was never really interested in basketball until my older brother got involved with it. Ever since the fourth grade, I’ve been playing basketball non-stop, every day of my life. And I don’t regret one day of it.
What is your major in college, and what is the most important thing you learned in that discipline?
My major is law and society with a concentration in criminal justice, as well as a minor in psychology. Throughout the exploration of my major, it has taught me that everyone has a mind of their own and has the freedom to do what they want. But it’s hard to understand why people think the way they do; considering, not everyone will be like you. With that being said, your actions will either benefit you or hurt you.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
My favorite spot on campus would have to be the gym because I consider that my second home at this institution and it is one out of two settings I am most comfortable in.
Outside of your home and campus, where is your favorite place visit?
It would have to be the around the church setting. Every time I leave the church grounds, I seem to leave with a more open mind and a positive attitude.
Other than your team, what organization (s) do you participate in (on campus or off campus)?
I am a part of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) as a representative for the women’s basketball team.
Briefly describe the most memorable experience during your collegiate athletic career.
I don’t have just one memory. I feel like every time my team and I get a win in the books, it’s something I can never forget and I must cherish that moment because it means so much to me.
What is the most important societal issue facing college students?
I would have to say sexual harassment and rape. It is a traumatic experience nobody should have to go through, and remains a major issue on college campuses.
If you could change any one item in the world (in your personal life, school, community, amateur or professional sports, national/international issue, etc.), what would it be, why, and how would you do it?
It would have to be the imagined significance of skin color. Skin color is portrayed as a factor that determines one’s socioeconomic status, compared to their counterparts. I would love for the world to understand that everyone is equal and no one is above anyone else.
What is your favorite form of entertainment?
Music is my favorite form of entertainment because there are various songs which have different types of lyrics that mean something to me and speak to me in volumes.
If you could give one piece of advice to elementary school children, what would that advice be?
I would inform them to take whatever opportunity is thrown their way and run with it, even if it may seem challenging. I gave up many opportunities that I was scared to take into my hands and regret it to this day.
Outside of the CAC, who or what is your favorite sports person or team?
My favorite sports team is the Boston Celtics. I always loved watching the big three (Pierce, Allen, and Garnett) play. They never disappointed on the court and they won a championship their first season together. Rajon Rondo was another player that made me label “my favorite team” the Celtics.
Name three (3) people, real or fictional, living or dead, that you'd like to have dinner with?
- Drake (Rapper, Singer) – He is my favorite all-time celebrity/crush and it would mean everything to me if he took some time out of his day to spend with me.
- Michelle Obama (First Lady)- She’s such a selfless woman who is very passionate about advocating for healthy families, service members and their families, higher education, and international adolescent girls’ education. Plus she’s Obama’s wife!
- Rajon Rondo (NBA player) – My favorite basketball player. Filled with talent and such a humble spirit.