USAP Forum 2017: Reflection from “The Malawian”


“How do you like Zimbabwe so far?” asked Lincoln Mtemeri, a rising junior at Arizona State University, when I arrived at Education Matters offices in Harare before we headed to Chengeta Lodge where the 2017 USAP Forum was held. In my disoriented state, following a 16-hour bus ride from Blantyre to Harare, I fumbled for … Continue reading USAP Forum 2017: Reflection from “The Malawian”

Level Up: Taking College Counselors To The Next Level


July 20 was the last session of the two month Level Up College Counselors’ Course that Education Matters held this term for counselors from local schools to learn about the processes of assisting students to apply to colleges and universities in the United States. Below are the reflections of one of the participants, Ms. Elysium … Continue reading Level Up: Taking College Counselors To The Next Level

USAP Forum 2017: Completing a Cycle


There is something fulfilling about complete cycles. Circles, spheres and ellipses are just satisfying. You could say they are mathematically smooth, or really just aesthetic. Cycles became something like an allegory two weeks ago when I realized that in coming back home to Zimbabwe, going through the ups and downs of trying to settle in, … Continue reading USAP Forum 2017: Completing a Cycle

USAP Forum: Rubbing Shoulders With Legends


It’s not enough to get straight A’s in high school, write SATs and college essays, jet off to America and never look back. At some point in time, that’s all the USAP program looked like to me; a get-away ticket. I’d spent hours pouring over the USAPGLOBAL website as I searched for American colleges to … Continue reading USAP Forum: Rubbing Shoulders With Legends

Zimbabwe Career Connect: Experiencing Life at Mpilo Hospital


Studying abroad as an international student comes with the challenge of always having to answer why you want to return to your country and intern there or work there. It is even harder to justify coming home over university holidays because summer time in Toronto is winter in Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwe Career Connect Internship program … Continue reading Zimbabwe Career Connect: Experiencing Life at Mpilo Hospital

Coming Home: The Perpetual Itch To Make An Impact… And How To Scratch It


The 2017 USAP Forum was a turning point for me. I resolved to revisit the promise I made to myself almost a decade ago as I boarded British Airways from Zimbabwe to the U.S. via London, in pursuit of the college experience. I promised to always strive to make a difference and contribute to the … Continue reading Coming Home: The Perpetual Itch To Make An Impact… And How To Scratch It

Chengetayi Mapaya Jumps 16.01 For Zimbabwean Triple Jump Gold


St George’s College student Chengetayi Mapaya, exceeded all expectations this weekend, with a massive 16.01 metre triple jump to win gold at the Southern Region Senior Track and Field Championships held at the National Sports Stadium. Mapaya’s 16+ metre jump landed him gold, defeating a Namibian jumper who landed silver after a jump of 15.98. … Continue reading Chengetayi Mapaya Jumps 16.01 For Zimbabwean Triple Jump Gold