Papayaw Afari

Brown University
Class of 2026

Papayaw believes that he has embodied Greenhouse’s core values of Leadership, Community, Relentless, and Accountability in multiple aspects. First, he leads by trying to be the best version of himself each day. Whether on the soccer field, on stage playing the saxophone, or in the classroom, he tries his best to be a source of good and be an excellent example for others. His perseverance through obstacles reminds him to try to remain open-minded and open for others to rely on and trust. His mother, being a large inspiration, encourages him to break the narratives that have limited his Ghanaian community. He refuses to let the obstacles he has encountered in his life define him. Most importantly, Papayaw is not afraid of being wrong, learning along the way, and leaning on others for help. 

Leadership:

  • The Challenger Newspaper, Senior Editor
  • Concert Band, Alto Saxophone Second Chair
  • Cardinal Hayes Track, State Champion in 4×200 Relay