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Temvelo Matsebula is Africa's Tomorrow's first woman scholar and first graduate. She serves youth who are wards of the state, an incredibly vulnerable population of children. Temvelo shared with us a bit about what it's like to be an essential worker and international graduate during the Coronavirus pandemic.
What is working in the US like for an international student, and for an international graduate?
So, I feel like working in the US for me, entering the work industry, I had to prove myself to my coworkers - I had to prove that I am capable. More than Americans would have to. It's easy for people to think, "oh, she's international, she got hired because she's international, she will struggle to understand the basics of the job, we'll have to explain the basics." People tried to baby me. I had to prove that, yes, I need help, but I have the basic skills that this job requires. It's a challenge to show people that I am capable and earn their trust. It's easy to trust an American with a task like interviewing a kid who is getting admitted, but people doubt I am able to do it because I might not have experienced what they are going through, but I do have personal experience and I have also studied it.
Anthoinette's spring break came to an abrupt halt when COVID-19 swept through California. 😷
Quarantined in Los Angeles for about a month now, we hear how Anthoinette is adjusting to her new reality.
Want to learn how social distancing during the pandemic is impacting other communities around the globe? Explore stories from our partners at the Posner Center for International Development: