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Oct 29, 2018

USAPers in the midst of Applications

USAP Malawi students on the way to take SATs!
USAP Malawi students on the way to take SATs!

USAP cohorts of students in Malawi, Uganda and Zambia are hard at work on their college applciations, some of them applying to meet Early Decision/Early Action November deadlines.

All three cohorts recently wrote SAT exams on October 6, some of them traveling as far as 8-9 hours to get to the city where the exam center was located.  The Malawians, mostly who come from the Zomba region, had to travel to Lilongwe for their exams, the Ugandans to Kampala, the Zambians to Lusaka.

Now they are immersed in essays, online application forms, and getting letters of recommendation from their high school teachers.  All of this while writing national exams.

We thank you for your donations which have contributed to their costs in the application process. 

Oct 29, 2018

USAPers Fall into First Year

Nothando's 1st Snow at Carleton College, Minnesota
Nothando's 1st Snow at Carleton College, Minnesota

As the leaves change colors, the temperatures drop, the school work intensifies and the reality of four years of intense college life far from home becomes clear. Our cohort of 39 students are all settling in well at their colleges and universities in Rwanda, Scotland, Ghana, Canada, Mauritius and all over the United States. They get in touch with snippets of their challenges, adjustments and triumphs - whether it is learning to live with a roommate who grew up so differently from them to adjusting to new accents and people not understanding theirs or tackling how to write a research paper when coming from a math and science A level background. Adjustment is the name of the game. So many firsts - first foods, first snows, first experiences. And the best part of trying to balance all that is new and different with the intense academic demands is that they are not alone. We here of group Skype calls, long chats in the social USAP What's App group and even visits to USAPers in neighboring places. Knowing you are not alone is a comfort in and of itself. We are excited with our students' level of initiative - so many are trying new things, joining clubs and sports and activities, singing in acapella groups, jumping into community service projects. All of these will contribute tremendously to their educational experience, on top of excelling in very demanding courses. We have attached a few links here to some of their blog posts - you can access our blog on www.edmattersafrica.org/blog Once again, we thank you, our individual donors, for believing in these students and supporting them on their road to college. Our next cohort is busy with their A level exams, at the same time completing ED/EA college applications with November deadlines. Your funds will help with application processing fees. Next year it will be their turn. Thank you!

Wayne and Yolanda, Smith USAP sisters
Wayne and Yolanda, Smith USAP sisters
Oct 18, 2018

School Getting Real For Our USAP First Years

USAPers explore the area around Smith College
USAPers explore the area around Smith College

As the leaves change colors, the temperatures drop, the school work intensifies and the reality of four years of intense college life far from home becomes clear.  Our cohort of 39 students are all settling in well at their colleges and universities in Rwanda, Scotland, Ghana, Canada, Mauritius and all over the United States.  They get in touch with snippets of their challenges, adjustments and triumphs - whether it is learning to live with a roommate who grew up so differently from them to adjusting to new accents and people not understanding theirs or tackling how to write a research paper when coming from a math and science A level background.  Adjustment is the name of the game.

So many firsts - first foods, first snows, first experiences. And the best part of trying to balance all that is new and different with the intense academic demands is that they are not alone.  We here of group Skype calls, long chats in the social USAP What's App group and even visits to USAPers in neighboring places.  Knowing you are not alone is a comfort in and of itself.

We are excited with our students' level of initiative - so many are trying new things, joining clubs and sports and activities, singing in acapella groups, jumping into community service projects.  All of these will contribute tremendously to their educational experience, on top of excelling in very demanding courses.  We have attached a few links here to some of their blog posts - you can access our blog on www.edmattersafrica.org/blog

Once again, we thank you, our individual donors, for believing in these students and supporting them on their road to college.  Our next cohort is busy with their A level exams, at the same time completing ED/EA college applications with November deadlines.  Your funds will help with application processing fees.  Next year it will be their turn. Thank you!

Nothando's First Snow
Nothando's First Snow
Kim at her dining hall job at Davidson College
Kim at her dining hall job at Davidson College

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