39 USAP Students Start University on $7,72 million in Scholarships


Thirty nine USAP Zimbabwe students who collectively have earned over $7,728,212 in scholarships and financial assistance, are starting their studies at 29 different colleges and universities this month.   Statistically representing the most successful USAP admission season to date, the 39 are pursuing a wide variety of fields of studies at universities in Canada, Ghana, Mauritius, … Continue reading 39 USAP Students Start University on $7,72 million in Scholarships

USAP Perspectives: Check In – Spring 2018


I haven’t written in a while. Here’s why. February Black History Month. The Wellesley African Student’s Association (WASA) held Africa Week during February.  For the first time since I had set foot in the United States, I was excited to be involved with the activities they planned. I found my niche with WASA. I got … Continue reading USAP Perspectives: Check In – Spring 2018

USAP Perspectives: The Trivial First Step That Shapes The Future


A significant transition surely takes long to be fully executed,but the decision to stay captive to the desire for positive change is made in the flicker of a single heartbeat. It only takes that trivial first step from one mind state to another to ignite the whole person to move towards positive change. My coming … Continue reading USAP Perspectives: The Trivial First Step That Shapes The Future

USAP Perspective: Check In – Jan 2018


It’s the weekend before our first day of the spring semester. How do I feel? Well, mixed feelings mostly. On one hand, I cannot wait to see my friends and roommates again, to experience that buzz that college has when its students are on campus. On the other hand, and I know it’s selfish of … Continue reading USAP Perspective: Check In – Jan 2018

USAP 2018 Applications Are Out!


The applications for the 2018 USAP Zimbabwe Program are out!  We are looking for determined, bright, students from economically-disadvantaged backgrounds who have just started their U6 final year of high school and will be writing A levels in 2018.  This new cohort of USAP students will begin the program during their April holidays, and work … Continue reading USAP 2018 Applications Are Out!

USAP Perspective: Check In – December 2017


My host’s living room. It is three days after my first white Christmas. The snow just won’t melt because of the below freezing conditions we have been experiencing for a few days after the snow fell. The sun trickles in through the windows which makes me smile. It is so sunny yet so cold. I … Continue reading USAP Perspective: Check In – December 2017

USAP Perspective: Surround Yourself With People Who Are Good For You


My first semester at Penn has been enriched with wonderful experiences that I have been blessed to enjoy. I am grateful for having gone through this first semester and made it out alive! There are tonnes of things that I have learned but the lesson that comes close to my heart is:  Surround yourself with people … Continue reading USAP Perspective: Surround Yourself With People Who Are Good For You

USAP Perspectives: Take a Risk – Dance!


Imagine this scenario. I am a thick-boned, black girl standing in a break dancing formation amongst Asian boys. All eyes are on us in anticipation of a frenzy of back flips and life defying stunts. However, I have never danced in my life except for that one time at my aunt’s wedding in 2012. I … Continue reading USAP Perspectives: Take a Risk – Dance!