From South Africa to Europe. Meet Nombuso

From South Africa to Europe. Meet Nombuso

Interview with Nombuso

About Nombuso study abroad project

What do you want to study and why?

I want to study a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Political sciences and law. I love having a global perspective about the world we live in and find means of developing what’s already there to something great.
I enjoy giving back and helping people around me who cannot afford the services that they need and so I am going to give those people hope and a possibility.

Where are you from and where do you want to go?

I am from South Africa, Durban.
I love our ubuntu principal and how despite one having a bad day, we find someone or something that will inspire and motivate us. Even in poverty, we can still be happy with the little that we get and how we support one another.
I want to go to Europe, I am looking for development, enrichment, knowledge and I want to be a story for the youth of South Africa. By showing them that nothing is impossible for as long as you have a dream and that if you find your purpose, the sky is the limit.
A lot of people instill their fears onto others but never let naysayers get to you. If I can do it despite all the challenges I had to go through, then the next person too can achieve the very same and more if they persevere and are determined for success no matter how long it takes. Because it’s not about how you start but how you finish.

Nombuso is currently working as a English teacher in China to save money for her studies. She was a student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Political science and legal studies. If you are a University registered on HigherEdMe you cand directly find her here.

University of KwaZulu-Natal

University of KwaZulu-Natal is a university with five campuses in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa

Tell us more about you

What do you enjoy doing when you have spare time?

If I am not out on the streets meeting new people and networking. I love to listen to music, read a book, watch movies and series, read my bible, sleep. I love to shop but only when it’s necessary.
I don’t like to waste money on things I won’t need. I love my own space because I get to hear myself think and always trying to find a way to improve on myself, so that I can be a better person to whoever I meet and communicate with, so that even though the person I meet forgets my name but the words I have shared with them stay with them.

Is there a personality trait about you that you are proud of?

I don’t know what to call it but I always find the good in a person, especially people who look down upon themselves. I motivate them by sharing my story and letting them know that my story is no better than the next person. I am proud of the fact I never ket my background determine my life and how I’m going to live. Instead, my background is my motivation, because I know it’s not where I come from, but where I’m going that matters.
Where I am now, I never imagined I would be, but I am content and grabbing every opportunity by its horns.

A message for the higher education institutions

If there is anything you’d like to say to Universities who will see your profile?

I am a 23-year-old female from South Africa.
Being a young African girl is really hard because we are sometimes boxed into what ‘society thinks’ a black girl/boy should be and people see us no better than our backgrounds.
I am one person who never allowed herself to be boxed or labeled. If people labeled me, so they think, it never has affected my goal and I am still reaching for the stars.
I am a person who, when I do something, I don’t do it for recognition. I love being in the background cheering. I am a selfless person who cares about another person well being more than my own.
When growing up, my parents used to always say: “share with the next person”. We weren’t rich but we had all we needed and there was so much love because we value each other and that’s who I am.
I value life, its challenges, failures, and successes. It’s never easy but how you come out of that situation is what matters, either you come out strong or you feel pity for yourself and sulk or you go out there and knock on doors until one opens.
I know that many universities/colleges don’t accept international students going to the third year but only take going to the second year mostly but I have hope and if it means I do the second year that’s alright with me.
In life we have to make sacrifices and tough decisions but if those decisions show a better life and future one takes it even if it means taking a step back a little.
I will not let anything pull me down. Any opportunity given I am using it to the best of my ability.

If you can go abroad with a friend?

Amanda.
We have two different stories and I love this because it brings awareness to others as well that you may have everything but then life has something different planned out for you.
When her mother passed away that’s when everything just tumbled down and when your family pretty much just doesn’t care then who else can you turn too?
Well, I have always been there and at times I would cry and pray God please give me enough money so I can send her to college and be that pillar of strength and be the light in her life that will open her eyes so that she could see the beauty of the world and find her purpose.
I know studying abroad is expensive but there are universities/colleges that have funding so that could be one option. There is always a window/door that will open.
She has been through a lot but I have never left her side. We are sisters and have grown so close that we share almost everything. She always says I wish I was you, look at you and I always tell her it’s all about timing. I didn’t get to where I am in a click of a finger. I had to go through a lot of challenges but I just never gave up. Your time too will come.
We always fantasized about studying or working abroad from childhood and so if an opportunity presented itself I would sure take her along so we can fulfil our dream together in our different study fields.
To have her there and sharing all the good and bad times together would be a dream come true. When the people you thought loved you no longer care one goes to a dark place, but I have always made her believe in herself and know that she’s smart and capable.
I don’t have all the money in the world but she knows if she wants something I got her back and I wouldn’t change that for anybody. At the end of the day, it’s all about how one finishes.
In a race you have people giving up in the middle of the race but even if you come out last you did it, although you may not get any prize for it for you it means something and those are the mindsets and generation we want to have in our world.
Where even though it seems impossible it’s always possible. We all have a story but the end of the story is what’s important.

Name Nombuso

Country South Africa

Studies Political science and Law

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Study abroad interview with Bridget from Ghana

Study abroad interview with Bridget from Ghana

Interview with Bridget

About Bridget study abroad project

What do you want to study and why?

Master’s in agricultural science thus, plant science, agronomy or forestry. And the reason for my study field is because:
From an early age, I have been fascinated by the workings of life. I am very interested in the natural world and enjoy practical science which is one of the main reasons why I read Agriculture science from high school to undergraduate degree level. My love for science is just one of my reasons for choosing plant science. In my undergraduate studies, courses such as crop physiology, biochemistry, plant breeding and genetics, entomology and plant disease control came easy to me but it was plant science that captured my interest.
I would relish the opportunity to study plant science in greater detail and further my learning and enjoyment that I have experienced during my undergraduate study; in areas such as plant microbiology, genetics, and biochemistry.

Where are you from and where do you want to go?

I’m from Ghana, and I like our food and culture.
I want to go anywhere especially the European countries. And this is because I look forward to meeting new people and experience new culture and food but most of all to develop new skills and knowledge to help me focus on the science and technologies in order to meet the goals in agriculture

Bridget wishes to pursue a master abroad and is actually studying at the University of Education, Winneba Ghana

UEW Flag and Ghana National Flag.jpg
By OER Africa – Self-published work by OER Africa (originally posted to Flickr as Flags VI)., CC BY 2.0, Link

Tell us more about you

What do you enjoy doing when you have spare time?

My hobbies are watching documentaries, singing and playing badminton
I will be a positive addition to the University Badminton team as I am very skillful at Badminton and have represented my Hall of residence in the Annual Inter Hall games during my time in College.

Is there a personality trait about you that you are proud of?

Yes there is. I am self-motivated, determined, team player and the ability to work under pressure with little supervision.
This is because people I’ve had an encounter with encouraging me and happy to be with me because of these traits.
Also, carrying out various experiments in biochemistry, genetics, pathology and entomology, has allowed me to develop my scientific planning, analysis and evaluation skills whilst I have also learnt about the importance of using resources appropriately and testing hypotheses. In addition, I have developed the ability to work effectively as an individual when drawing conclusions during experiments such as for coursework; or in a group for example, when recording results. I believe all the qualities I have developed through these courses are essential for the study of plant agriculture at the postgraduate level. Plant science has emerged as one of the most important branches of life science. As plant science practically affect all activities of our life such as food, clothing, shelter Studying this course will therefore render me relevant to society.

A message for the higher education institutions

If there is anything you’d like to say to Universities who will see your profile

In Ghana, agricultural productivity will need to be doubled in the next 15-25 years to meet food demand, due to a rapid growth of human populations. This huge challenge requires an increase in food production and how to sustain it. Population growth has increased the rate of land scarcity and water challenge, also changes in climate and declining soil fertility has affected it nutrients components.
As an Agriculture student, studying agricultural science and its related courses will help me develop new skills and knowledge that will help me focus on the science and technologies in order to meet these goals in the farming system.

I would like to contribute to university life, as this will be a new experience and I will look forward to meeting new people. I am a reliable, determined and enthusiastic person who will relish the opportunity to study plant science if I am given the opportunity. I am a self motivated, determined individual and I look forward to the social and academic challenges of undertaking this programme.

If you can go abroad with a friend?

It would be Afia Agyemang- Beniako
We share same goals and passions for our country and our environment, even though she studied Bsc.Environmental health and sanitation.

Name Bridget

Country Ghana

Studies Agricultural Science

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Study abroad interview with Rana

Study abroad interview with Rana

Interview with Rana

About Rana study abroad project

What do you want to study and why?

I want to study dentistry because dentistry is my current field of study in my home country and also my passion before entering dentistry school.
I like dentistry because it’s not only a medical field but also it’s a cosmetic field. I love the looks on patients when seeing their new smile or even restoring their ability to chew and talk again.
I think a dentist is a hero who gives people a new shining smile.

Where are you from and where do you want to go?

I’m from Egypt, I like how supportive and helpful people are especially in my university.
I want to go to the United Kingdom especially England, I’m looking for more inspiration and more achievement because I think you would never be more than ordinary in my home country and my goal is to be the best.

Rana is actually studying at the Delta university for science and technology, she speaks English, Arabic, French

Welcome to Delta University

Delta University

Tell us more about you

What do you enjoy doing when you have spare time?

I actually enjoy putting on makeup to others and that’s a really funny thing to a dentist but if you think about it putting on makeup is exactly like making new smiles for people especially for those in need.
Another hobby is reading psychology and about body language.

Is there a personality trait about you that you are proud of?

Patience. Because my field of study requires patience and that’s what I’m great at.

A message for the higher education institutions

If there is anything you’d like to say to Universities who will see your profile

I am desperately in need to study abroad, I feel like not achieving much here especially because I’m a girl. I need to be more and achieve more, I want more experience, I want to mingle with lots of nationalities and I want to feel satisfied with the quantity of the information I’m receiving and the quality of it. I don’t study just for knowledge, I study for accomplishment.

If you can go abroad with a friend?

It would be Hana, because she’s just as resilient as I am and she wants to accomplish more and has more experience.

If you are an University, you can view her profile on HigherEdMe.co and contact her directly.

Name Rana

Country Egypt

Studies Dentistry

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Study Math in the USA an interview with Gifty from Ghana

Study Math in the USA an interview with Gifty from Ghana

Interview with Gifty

About Gifty study abroad project

What do you want to study and why?

I want to study mathematics because I want to teach Mathematics. I want to teach Mathematics because I want to be a role model to girls in Ghana. Majority of girls in Ghana do not have interest in Mathematics and thereby perform poorly in the subject. I have always liked mathematics and I would be very glad to study it to a higher level and also teach it.

Where are you from and where do you want to go?

I am from Ghana and I like the hospitality of Ghanaians. I want to go to a university that will accept me and give me the chance to make my dream come true and also support me financially

Gifty is in her final year at a college of education in Ghana. In 2017, there were 41 colleges of education in Ghana, up from 38 in 2015. The colleges are responsible for teacher education

Airport City at Night.jpg
Accra  is the capital of the Republic of Ghana By KwasiogOwn work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

Tell us more about you

What do you enjoy doing when you have spare time?

I like to research about things at my leisure time. I also enjoy watching movies and listening to music

Is there a personality trait about you that you are proud of?

Yes. I love smiling a lot and also have a good sense of humor. I love smiling because I always want to make everyone who comes close to me feel welcome. I also feel great within when I become the source of someone’s laughter or smile.

A message for the higher education institutions

If there is anything you’d like to say to Universities who will see your profile

I would like to say that, I really want to make an impact in my country so please give me the opportunity to and support me financially, please. Thank you

If you can go abroad with a friend?

It would be Evelyn. I would like to go with Evelyn because she has a similar passion for me and is committed to what her dreams are.

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Name Gifty

Country Ghana

Studies Teaching

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Study journalism in the UK: interview with Ghofrane

Study journalism in the UK: interview with Ghofrane

Interview with Ghofrane

Discover the full interview about Ghofrane wish to study journalism in the UK

What do you want to study and why?

I want to study journalism because I am very interested in this field. Actually, I don’t fear cameras and I love to communicate with new people each time, also I love this job because it makes me feel proud of my self when I send news to people around the world

Where are you from and where do you want to go?

I am from Tunisia I do like our culture, education, and people are very nice here too. In fact, I want to go to any place in Europe but especially the UK because I am very good in English and I want to improve more my language by learning there. Indeed I want to work at journalism in the UK like many Arabs journalists who are working there and are very famous.

Ghofrane is actually studying at the University of Carthage where she studies English language literature and civilization. She speaks four languages English, Arabic, Indian, and French.

View of the Higher Language Institute of Nbeul of the carthage university

The Carthage University has two campuses dedicated to language, one in Nabeul, in the above photo and one in Tunis

Tell us more about you

What do you enjoy doing when you have spare time?

Usually, I do read books and listen to music during spare time and sometimes I go for a walk in a quiet place that helps me to focus very well and gain positive energy another thing I do enjoy watching documentaries on tv as well.

Is there a personality trait about you that you are proud of?

I see my self very sociable person I can easily interact with people around me from my culture and other cultures as well. Besides, I always deal with people around with enthusiasm and I believe that this is a basic element that will help me to succeed in my life and achieve my goals.

A message for the higher education institutions

If there is anything you’d like to say to Universities who will see your profile

I would like to say I am a very ambitious person and going to study abroad is my dream That’s why I am very determined to do it. Indeed, I will be very grateful to you if you help me to make this dream come true or I will try again… thank you.

If you can go abroad with a friend?

It would be Khawla. I would like to go with her because I want her to meet this wonderful country and to know about this field that I have always dreamed to work in especially because she is my best friend and I want her to be there to support me for a while.

Read the interview of Mohamed interested in journalism too or Mufliha, a young woman passionate in communication

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Name Ghofrane

Country Tunisia

Studies Journalism

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