USAP Perspectives: Take a Risk – Dance!


Imagine this scenario. I am a thick-boned, black girl standing in a break dancing formation amongst Asian boys. All eyes are on us in anticipation of a frenzy of back flips and life defying stunts. However, I have never danced in my life except for that one time at my aunt’s wedding in 2012. I … Continue reading USAP Perspectives: Take a Risk – Dance!

USAP Perspectives: The Simple Things


When someone tells you that you need to appreciate the simple things in life because there is a chance you could lose it all, you might probably think the following: “Lamest cliché ever…” “That will never happen to me…” “Seriously?  Do I look that gullible to you?” “Someone grab a pizza to spread all this … Continue reading USAP Perspectives: The Simple Things

USAP Perspectives: To Make Them Count


Had I been told that I would be enriching my mind in one of Philadelphia’s quiet suburbs, I would have deemed that prophecy a faux pax. Had I been told that I would lead a life of Independence 10,000 miles away from home, I would have scoffed at the thought. Nonetheless, the desire to learn … Continue reading USAP Perspectives: To Make Them Count

USAP Perspectives: ALU – The Never Ending Story


Let me start with the bad news: There I was freshly baked from the high school oven, tired, uneasy, stressed yet optimistic that the future had something special in store for me. Final high school exams had dealt with me thoroughly and I knew exactly what my harvest would look like. My concentration and attention … Continue reading USAP Perspectives: ALU – The Never Ending Story

USAP Perspectives: Becoming a Smithie


I sat there with my paper in my hand and read what was written on it. This was my first Sabbath at Amherst college with ACTS (Adventist Christians Together to Serve), a Five College group of Adventists who come together to worship. We introduced ourselves and shortly we had an exercise; we were given paper … Continue reading USAP Perspectives: Becoming a Smithie

USAP Perspectives: Four Weeks In


I am a TV shows person. I like crime dramas, medical dramas, South African soapies, paranormal dramas, comedy… you name it! I am not saying I am an expert in everything related to TV shows, but I can hold together conversations on what is happening across different dramas and series. So, if I told you … Continue reading USAP Perspectives: Four Weeks In

USAP Students Win Big at Math/Science Olympiad


Four students in the current USAP cohort proudly took the stage on Friday, September 22 at Bindura University of Science Education’s national Mathematics and Science Olympiad. USAPer Munashe Mhlanga, from John Tallach High School in Matabeleland North Province, won the overall Gold Medal for the Mathematics Olympiad, and was awarded a laptop and $250. Evans … Continue reading USAP Students Win Big at Math/Science Olympiad

Paying It Forward: USAP Students Sleep Well


When USAP students arrived on college campuses across America in August, they were pleasantly surprised to find a post office slip alerting them they had a package awaiting them.  That package contained a beautiful set of bedding for each of their new dorm rooms. A USAP alumna, who prefers to remain anonymous, came up with … Continue reading Paying It Forward: USAP Students Sleep Well