Reflections: Focus On That Which Matters


In Zimbabwe the jacarandas are blooming, better known as “exam trees,” marking the start of O, AS and A level exam season by blanketing the streets with their purple blossoms. And so it’s also the advent of application season, with students agonizing over every word of their college applications, trying to find a magical formula for “getting … Continue reading Reflections: Focus On That Which Matters

USAP Perspective – Fitting in New Shoes


The world has developed an addiction to social media. There is a constant need to check the notifications panel, check your likes and be responding to a text every two minutes. My fellow Zimbabwean friends and family are helping out to credit the first two sentences, ever online or updating their status on Whatsapp. Family … Continue reading USAP Perspective – Fitting in New Shoes

Zimbabwe Career Connect: An Intern Perspective


Rutendo Chimbaru is a rising Junior at DePaul University where she is majoring in Health Sciences with a concentration in Community and Public Health. Rutendo interned at Plan International Zimbabwe.  I never actually intended on applying for the Education Matters Zimbabwe Career Connect program. I opened and closed the application tab a million times-contemplating. Too many unknowns. I … Continue reading Zimbabwe Career Connect: An Intern Perspective

USAP Perspective – Welcome to Ghana


Banner Photo Credit: Ashesi University – www.ashesi.edu.gh Stepping out of the plane, I was met by a gush of the warm humid Ghana air. My first reaction was, “I’m not going to survive this heat.” We were met by some of the Ashesi continuing students with enthusiastic hugs and cold bottles of water and they … Continue reading USAP Perspective – Welcome to Ghana

USAP Perspective: Check In – Summer 2018


I auditioned for an acapella group on campus last week (I know, you can gasp out loud). If you’ve lived with me for an extended period of time, you might know that I like to sing, but I would have never dreamt of doing it in front of a group of amazing people sitting behind … Continue reading USAP Perspective: Check In – Summer 2018

Zimbabwe Career Connect: An Intern Perspective


Jennie Yang is a junior at Princeton University where she is majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She interned at the African Institute of Biomedical Science and Technology( Aibst ) by Wilkins Hospital in Harare. “How was Zimbabwe?” “It was great.” “The people were really friendly.” “It was my first time in Africa.” “I conducted research.” “I was part of … Continue reading Zimbabwe Career Connect: An Intern Perspective

39 USAP Students Start University on $7,72 million in Scholarships


Thirty nine USAP Zimbabwe students who collectively have earned over $7,728,212 in scholarships and financial assistance, are starting their studies at 29 different colleges and universities this month.   Statistically representing the most successful USAP admission season to date, the 39 are pursuing a wide variety of fields of studies at universities in Canada, Ghana, Mauritius, … Continue reading 39 USAP Students Start University on $7,72 million in Scholarships

USAP Perspectives: Check In – Spring 2018


I haven’t written in a while. Here’s why. February Black History Month. The Wellesley African Student’s Association (WASA) held Africa Week during February.  For the first time since I had set foot in the United States, I was excited to be involved with the activities they planned. I found my niche with WASA. I got … Continue reading USAP Perspectives: Check In – Spring 2018

Debunking Myths About Student Athletes – Part 2


We continue from the first part of this blog series debunking misconceptions about student athletes with two more myths: 3) Girls can’t excel in sports; if they do, they won’t succeed. Zimbabwean society clearly prioritizes men’s and boy’s sports over those of women and girls. Now here are some interesting stats courtesy of ShareAmerica: Girls … Continue reading Debunking Myths About Student Athletes – Part 2