Hello, thanks for joining me!
The week after my Parisian adventures, I finished with my courses for the semester. I also decided to sign up for a week of a French intensive, including 2 hours of French class per day. Towards the end of the week, I felt a little mentally drained, but it paid off because by the end of the week, I was dreaming in French!
Also, my professor, Madame Artlette, shared a very interesting French article with us concerning the importance of travel, and why everyone can do it! I will attach the link to it below (it can be translated into English!).
Recently, I have been very busy because I have now begun working on my final part of my program: my internship. It is with an organization called ANICHRA, which stands for African Network against Illiteracy, Conflicts and Human Rights Abuse. It was founded in 2008 by Dr. Willibroad Dze Ngwa, whom I was able to meet through SIT as a professor.
So far I have enjoyed working with his organization, his staff, and his students. I have learned so much about Cameroon from being able to attend his university classes at University of Yaounde I, and being able to observe and interact with other students. The class and university environment often remind me of Hampton, showing me how alike we all truly are.
This being said, as you all know from my post Out of Many, One, I worked on a project concerning refugee children before I left for Paris, and I have some amazing information to share with you about that experience. By working at the school and visiting it frequently, I was able to meet and interact with some of the school’s amazing faculty and teachers. One teacher I met there, who teaches fifth grade, was particularly helpful in giving me information that I needed for my project, and her students became good friends of mine. I have videos posted below of some of my visits with them, and of the teachers and administrators that I was able to connect with during my time with them.
I also have a personal story to share: the principal and founder of my first elementary school, Mrs. Mikia Pollard, has been in contact with me over these past few weeks, and I have been sharing the videos of the students with her. She has been showing them to her students, and one student in particular whose family is very close with mine has been sharing these stories with her mother and grandmother about this girl who’s studying abroad in a country called Cameroon in Africa. Our families recently came to the realization that she was mentioning me in these conversations, and I just am so grateful for such a beautiful full circle moment that I decided to share it here.
As I say quite frequently, you never know how your decisions can impact others, so choose to live a beautiful and meaningful life. When you do this, you will always see the benefits of your choices in your own life, and in the lives of those around you. Thanks for partaking in this journey with me, and make sure to check back again for more posts! There is more still to come.
P.S. I have started a fundraiser on my Go Fund Me page for school supplies for the school that I worked with on my project concerning refugees! Please check out the link below to donate, and feel free to share it! Also, I would like to thank Mrs. Mikia publicly for her generosity in being the first one to offer to help, and for being the reason that this idea has now become a reality.