My student exchange program has been a life-changing and exhilarating experience as I find it complimenting my areas of study every day. Being in the United States of America has been one of the shining and exciting moments in my life. Having been immersed in the American culture I have developed leadership skills and gained valuable international experience through interacting with students from different parts of the world.
The program, Study of the U. S Institutes (SUSIs) which is a leadership program designed for foreign undergraduate’s students to improve and develop their leadership skills. Being a student leader with the thrust of making the positive change in her community, I applied and was afforded a chance to be one of the four students to represent Zimbabwe for six weeks in the United States of America under the Civic engagement theme.
This blog will be centered around my experiences at the Washington DC and will move to the other states on the following blogs. Well being exposed to the Capitol of the United States and having a meeting at the U. S Department was a great experience as I got to understand the main aim of the exchange programs: which is to create relationships and understanding with African countries to make a change. It was an honor to be exposed to thought-provoking conversations and powerful networks. It was also refreshing touring the National Museum of African American History and culture and had an understanding of the civil rights movements. Had powerful moments in American history, culture and learned what it means to be an American.
“Having been immersed in the American culture I have developed leadership skills and gained valuable international experience through interacting with students from different parts of the world.”
I must say that life in Washington DC is the same that which is seen in most American movies. Everything including buildings, cars, and food is amazing and standards of living are very high. Being an exchange student has been a rewarding experience as it has empowered me to be independent, tolerant of other people’s culture and food. I got to know how people from developed countries live and got to see the world from another different perspective. Surely it has provided me with a substantial backdrop from which to make distinct future choices and I can safely say I am no longer the same.
In conclusion, for the past weeks, I have been receiving questions from various media platforms about how I got to be in the United States. The answer is very simple. I got the opportunity because part of my life is dedicated to the community in terms of doing voluntary work and writing for a change. I have time for voluntary work and its part of my hobbies and I have gained various skills through it. It’s very relevant that in life you find a cause you are passionate about and try to better the lives of people around your help.
Stay tuned for blog two featuring the New Orleans experience!