It is surprising that we are in November already? It just don’t cease to appear like yesterday when I first stepped into the United States and this amazing campus, which is fast turning to be my best second home, and I am afraid with time it’s gonna be my favorite place! It is almost three months down the line since I have set for my college career and so many experiences, events and things to tell are unfolding before my eyes, but I barely have time and space to tell it all!
Since my last blog post, academic pressure has been building up and I am so absorbed into my books, keeping up with my Midterms, assignments, worksheets, quizzes, discussions, and a lot more going on in my classes. Midterm grades were released some two weeks ago, it was kinda of a relief to see them and hear the faculty’s comments as I am trying to strike a balance with this great departure from familiar experiences. I am proud to note that it is working out. For my classes, Analysis (MAS 111) is one of those class I owe much of my time and it challenges as such I am giving much of my attention. This is the class that is instructed by Professor Smith , and besides it being challenging, after spending a couple of weeks in this class I realized Prof Smith had aroused in me an interest I had never harbored before, he has tapped in me an interest to see and value using my mind effectively to interact with technical material like Mathematics. I did Math in High school and got best grades but I think it was on a more casual basis than it is now, it interests me to build enough logic and reason through stuff. The American Dream, my First Year Experience(F Y E -06-01) class, has allowed me to explore issues surrounding family, education and technology in the American society, and the articles and discussions we do are very engaging and exploratory. I can go on and on updating about my classes but time means everything here! But I have a Data class(CDS121), Financial Accounting(ACT151) and Introduction to Mathematical Thinking (MAS113), all I can say is I enjoy them all, and I find so much value in them, I am allowing them to enrich my intellect. It is a pleasure to work with a very resourceful and supportive Faculty like ours here who have genuine interest for students to succeed. After all I still need to keep an eye on my social life and try to unplug myself from my academics for moments and experience diversity and places in the US.
The recent excursion from campus to Washington DC was incredible, I had awaited for it since the day I signed for it in the Redbook. The city is pretty! I really wanted to see the White House, thank goodness I did!! We visited a couple of Memorials and the Franklin D Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr are my favorite. I went to NorthWales near Philadelphia during the Fall break, it was awesome meeting a Zimbabwean family and eating sadza in two months had been exciting. I also went to Philadelphia Zoo, and I now have a long list of animals I know as I added to the list from Zimbabwe. Bob (my mentor) and his wife ,Deb, also invited me for dinner the Monday of Fall Break and cooking sadza with them was exciting. Not forgetting Halloween, it was so hilarious, I was in a Pirate costume, that won me the best costume prize. There are more experiences to talk about but space and time will always be our constraints!
JonnaLynn’s visit to campus ,on September 27th, was a very humbling and thrilling experience for me.I owe her all due respect, her starting Almond Tree Scholarship Program is just beyond my comprehension, the impact is tremendous and I cannot capture in words my gratitude for this. I am eternally grateful, it has changed my life in a way I never imagined while growing up deep in the countryside of Zimbabwe. The Almond Tree Scholarship I hope will go forever. It was so humbling when she told me that all she can ever ask from me is that I do my best in my education and at least create opportunity for others in the future so that they can also achieve their own dreams.
I also wanted to say I am becoming familiar with my surroundings, I am now at least able to name a place in every direction from my campus. I am also coming face to face with new and sometimes strange perceptions ,values , beliefs, opinions and even phrases for example recently this phrase made my week “pain in the butt” . Lastly food remains the biggest challenge for me as I am still very hesitant and avoiding many American foods. But it suffices to say the journey started is very much promising!