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

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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 Art in Canada: Interview with Evangelina

Study Art in Canada: Interview with Evangelina

Interview with Evangelina

About Evangelina study abroad project

What do you want to study and why?

I would like to study art. It’s something that really fascinates me, but so far I have not given it enough time to do other things, I’d like to change that.

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

I am from Argentina, I love landscapes that my country has. I would like to go to Canada. From a very young age, I have always wanted to go there, since I have relatives there and they always mention how nice it is. I would also like to improve my English by meeting native people.

Evangelina is studying at the National University of Lanús , she speaks 3 languages Spanish, English, and Japanese.

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Tell us more about you

What do you enjoy doing when you have spare time?

I like to write stories or poems, play the piano, draw, walk and listen to music.

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

Yes. My perseverance, even though things are difficult, I always try to keep going. I try to give my best effort.

A message for the higher education institutions

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

I’m just a normal person, like everyone, I just want to give my best and learn as much as I can. I also know that despite the things that happen, everything serves as an experience in life.

If you can go abroad with a friend?

It would be Daiana Nicole

Since a long time ago, we always talked about how great it would be if we go to Canada together. She always supports me in everything and always helps me practice when it comes to English. It would be a nice experience to go with her.

Name Evangelina

Country Argentina

Studies Art

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Study abroad interview with Nikhata

Study abroad interview with Nikhata

Interview with Nikhata

About Nikhata study abroad project

What do you want to study and why?

I came across a course called “Masters in international Communication with the degree of masters in international relations” and would love to study the same as I believe in the dynamic world of today, communication is the key while understanding the relations that various nation states have.

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

I am from India and something that I am very proud of is the rich cultural heritage, the ample diversity, and the abundant moral values that still hold the apex in the Indian society.

Nikhata hasn’t decided on a destination at the moment. She is open to any new destination to study abroad 😉
Nikhata is studying at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, a Public University in Mumbai, India. She speaks 3 languages, Nepali, English, and Hindi.

 

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Tata Institute of Social Sciences

TISS is Asia’s oldest institute for professional social work education and was founded in 1936

 

 

Tell us more about you

What do you enjoy doing when you have spare time?

Penning down my thoughts, giving way to creativity in the form of posters is what I generally do in my spare time. Apart from that, I love anchoring and the art of public speaking.

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

Confidence is a trait I possess and something that I am proud of, for I believe with confidence you’ve already won half the battle.

A message for the higher education institutions

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

I’d love to be a part of a prestigious institution which gives way to students to celebrate their beliefs and notions about an egalitarian society while working to achieve it.

If you can go abroad with a friend?

It would be Urvi Lahoti. She has been my pillar of strength ever since I’ve known, always pushing me to my best.

Name Nikhata

Country India

Studies Communication

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Study abroad interview with Uma

Study abroad interview with Uma

Interview with Uma

About Uma study abroad project

What do you want to study and why?

I plan on studying English Language and Literature. I find what you can do with languages fascinating, and I definitely show my interest through writing, acting, and teaching. I enjoy breaking down a language and seeing how it really works, what native speakers take for granted, and why. I also work online for Bibo Global, an international tutoring company for English, and it’s inspired me to work towards a career in education.

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

I was born in Missouri, but my family is from Bosnia and Herzegovina. My parents moved to America after the Bosnian War, and that mindset of searching for more, for better, stayed with me throughout my childhood. I miss Missouri, but more than that, I miss my memories of Missouri, and the way I knew my town like the back of my hand. I’ve found those memories in Sarajevo, and I couldn’t feel more at home.
I love the sense of unity in Sarajevo; we have a joke, if you yell out for help in Bosnian, you’ll find help in five minutes, even if you’re in the Amazon. The culture and tradition around me every day keep my wonder alive.
If I do go anywhere, I’d want somewhere with a strong sense of community; in my opinion, that’s the most important thing a country can have.

Uma speaks English and Bosnian, she has just finished High School, she was in an international institution (Richmond Park International High School of Sarajevo). She is actually working as an English tutor online while waiting to start University.

 

Heart of Sarajevo Photo by Damir Bosnjak on Unsplash

Heart of Sarajevo Photo by Damir Bosnjak on Unsplash

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What do you enjoy doing when you have spare time?

I love writing, and I compete in writing or more ‘general’ competitions on a regular basis. A love of writing and a love of books go hand-in-hand, and those who know me will never be surprised at the two or three books I carry around constantly– just in case I get bored.

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

My creativity has always been something I could be proud of.
Pride, for me, is a complicated emotion; my parents frequently remarked on how they shouldn’t feel proud when I succeeded at something. They were happy for me, but pride was dangerous. I did what I did myself, and I was to be proud, but not them.
I used to disagree with that. Now, I see that it was a way of protecting me. I taught myself what pride was, and how I was allowed to be proud of myself. I stopped allowing myself false modesty, and compliments from me come from somebody’s hard work.
I was always proud of my creativity and originality, how I was able to spin stories from nothing and invent whole worlds of my own. However, I value honesty and self-respect as much as I value creativity.

A message for the higher education institutions

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

One thing I can promise you, without the prize of grades and certificates, representation and awards; the one thing I can and am promising you now is that I am unforgettable, and I see the path I will make myself in the world.

If you can go abroad with a friend?

It would be Irfan. He has been my best friend for almost 3 years, and partner for the past 2… and he is the most intuitive, thoughtful, and wonderful person I have ever met. I don’t know what I’d do without him.

Name Uma

Country Bosnia and Herzegovina

Studies English literature

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Study abroad interview with Justina from Bangladesh

Study abroad interview with Justina from Bangladesh

Interview with Justina

About Justina study abroad project

What do you want to study and why?

I want to study communication and advertisement. When I was in the 1st year of honor’s in the college I took a break for 1 year and joined an exchange program of YWCA (Young Women Christian Association) and went abroad. While exploring I have realized I like to work with global issues and in future, I would like to continue working with YWCA so I think the subject I have chosen will help to gain and develop my skills. Unfortunately in the govt. universities I can’t get the subject I desire so I want to gain advanced knowledge and training through my experience abroad.

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

I am from Bangladesh and I like the colors of my country. I feel proud when I hear Bangladesh is the only country who fought for their mother tongue but unfortunately there is still corruption and women are not secure. That is why I want to go USA so that I can have a safe environment for study and by the advanced training I will get I want to use that for the betterment of my country.

Justina is currently studying at the Government City College, Chittagong. Government City College, Chittagong is a higher secondary and undergraduate level college in Chittagong, Bangladesh. ((on wikipedia)

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What do you enjoy doing when you have spare time?

I like traveling and meet new people. I love to  spend time with my mother. It can roam around with her or help her in cooking.

Thanks to the YWCA and her passion to travel, Justina alredy went to Norway, Germany, Czech republic, Switzerland and Kenya

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

I can easily cope up with any situation and it’s not tough for me to make friends. I am a modern girl but I also maintain my culture and no matter in which country I am, I always represent my culture.

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 love to enroll in any universities in the USA. All I want is a safe environment with a standard education system which will help me to achieve a bright future. You won’t regret if you give me a chance.

If you can go abroad with a friend?

It would be Raisa. I would love to go with her cause she is my best friend and she will also have a bright future.

Name Jsutina

Country Bangladesh

Studies Communication

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