USAP Perspective: Check In – Summer 2019


Summer 2019, my first in Boston. From meeting new people as well as building on the foundations of professional and personal relationships I have cultivated over the past two years, to seeing my favorite artists play in Boston, the experience was more than I thought it would be. Although I am sad that the summer … Continue reading USAP Perspective: Check In – Summer 2019

USAP Perspective: More Than Just Crossing Borders


Finding out that I had gotten accepted into Carleton College was one of the best feelings I have experienced. At the time all I thought about was how this was a great opportunity, all the other opportunities that would come with it and the new experiences. Honestly, I also had certain expectations of how the … Continue reading USAP Perspective: More Than Just Crossing Borders

USAP Perspective: Check-In – Fall 2019


My name is Nokukhanya Victoria Ncube, twenty-three letters which play a huge role in my perception of my identity. I don’t mind if you call me by my full name; in fact, I love it because I think it sounds powerful. I might even use my full name if I’m having a particularly good day, … Continue reading USAP Perspective: Check-In – Fall 2019

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

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

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

USAP Perspectives: The Trivial First Step That Shapes The Future


A significant transition surely takes long to be fully executed,but the decision to stay captive to the desire for positive change is made in the flicker of a single heartbeat. It only takes that trivial first step from one mind state to another to ignite the whole person to move towards positive change. My coming … Continue reading USAP Perspectives: The Trivial First Step That Shapes The Future

USAP Perspective: Check In – Jan 2018


It’s the weekend before our first day of the spring semester. How do I feel? Well, mixed feelings mostly. On one hand, I cannot wait to see my friends and roommates again, to experience that buzz that college has when its students are on campus. On the other hand, and I know it’s selfish of … Continue reading USAP Perspective: Check In – Jan 2018