What has been the most unexpected part of my experience as an African woman/student in the United States?
My name is Lillian Thando Naluyima, I come from Uganda( the country crossed my the equator with beauty, kind, and loving people.)in the Eastern part of Africa, I'm a Pre-Med major at SLCC and its my first year.I have been to the USA for three months now, it has been and still is a great experience although its cold not like in my country where we only have two seasons( hot and dry) throughout the year. The teaching methods here are abit challenging but am copying up, the cultural differences too and most of all the language- its not that i don't know English but my accent is different and I get people pardoning me when i try to have a conversation with them, which is okay with me but makes it a bit uncomfortable that i don't get to express anything with people all the time.
I came in the USA on a scholarship with Africa's Tomorrow- its an NGO that helps girls in African countries to carry on with their education, it enables them to get to live their dreams which is inspiring not only to me but to all the other girls under this organization. The feeling that there are actually people in the world who still care about the girlchild in Africa.
I interact productively, i talk a lot, hangout with friend, If you see me crack a joke which i do most of the times with my friends, you would not see a pre-med major student in me because I believe you don't necessary need to look what you do as long as you deliver the best results in what you do. I'm the only girl in three boys, raised by my dad and attended all catholic schools in Uganda.
The fact that I am in the US and following my dream to become a doctor or Nurse and help people in my country motivates me all the time to keep working for the best not only for my family but all for the people where I come from, I have incredible friends who keep on reminding me, keep me on track so that I do my best- The thought of not fulfilling what got me here in the first place, disappointing my friends and family keeps me motivated.
I am a people person, I love to make friends- which is hard to do in college (I'm told so). As a learner, the visual teaching has helped a lot to try to recall most of the things taught as am doing my assignments, the teaching style too has enabled me to learn at a simpler pace and my weakness that I am working on is to try to understand at a first pace because most of my teachers talk faster which gives me a hard time.
I believe that this generation has more to do with the world being the place every person would want to live in for eternity, the inspiration provide to us my our mentors, family, friends would mean a lot for the next generation- preparing a better tomorrow by this generation for the next.
I had blast meeting all my family, Kabelo, Anne, Temvelo, Akeen, Raeya, Izaak and other great people. I made friends in the high school we visited in Colville as well as at the elementary in the neighborhood. I got pen-pals my very best were Larell (I had to practice to write the name so that I don't mess it up).
I will put up some pictures and videos of the moments we had, the love and laughter we shared plus celebrating Izaak's (Africa's Tomorrow father) and Raeya.