Dear Admissions Officer, Can I Revoke My Admission?

Remember the day you received that call from the Admission office and you were told you got admitted to ALA? You started fantasizing about all the things you were going to do when you get here. The friends you were going to make, amazing opportunities, getting into the university of your dreams and getting A’s all the way. But that dream dies a little as you walk down the corridors of ALA. Realities are faced.

Tears are shed, hearts are broken and destinies are often reshaped. Don’t get me wrong, this is still the best place to be. The first couple of days you make friends with people from different parts of Africa. Every post you make on your social networks is about how ‘amazing’ the diversity in this school is. It truly is amazing. Probably one of the best experiences you will ever have in your life. But a time comes when the illusion to an end you face reality.

You realize it impossible to get A’s. Teachers will tell you “I don’t see you in your writing” (Whatever that means). You get a score of 700 on your SAT writing but you end up with a C on your transcript for a writing class.  The same people get external opportunities over and over while you stay stuck in your room. You are expected to obey rules because “there is a higher purpose” which is never explained.

Friends. You make lots of them. Some who become in your circle by the virtue of being from your home country or you ended up on the same bus from the airport with you. Some last until the end of Orientation Week, some until the end of first term and some stick. They stick through all the failures and obstacles you go through. Through all the Disciplinary Committee hearings you will go through, through the college rejections and through sickness and unnecessary pressure brought on by being a “future African leader.”

Admissions Officer, is too late for me to withdraw and go back to my normal life? Can I go back to being a normal teenager? Being crazy about Beyonce like every normal girl, turn a blind eye on the corruption that might be occurring in my country, spend time tweeting and going through Instagram? Can I not have a “normal” conversations anymore? Not one about Africa? No? Well…fine.

Tomorrow is SAT-urday

It’s the best of times it’s the worst of times. It’s a Saturday spent glued to a chair doing a test that seems to be able to determine your future no matter what anyone says. Tomorrow, second years will be writing the SAT’s

In case somehow, you’ve been lucky enough to avoid this topic, SAT stands for scholastic aptitude test and is a standardized test that many US colleges use to make decisions about applications. Also, they feature in every highschooler’s nightmares at least once.

But it’s not that bad, honestly. It’s just a test. Yes it could make or break you getting into a college of your choice, but the best way to face it is with poise and tranquility. This is advice to both overanxious firsties and the second years. Chill. Obviously you must study for them and do your best, but don’t kill yourselves.

Second years, errythang will be fine. If you want to go to college, you will and you will make the best of it wherever you go! So smile and be calm tonight,  and enjoy yourselves tomorrow afternoon no matter what happens!


Goodluck to everyone taking the SAT’s tomorrow! 

Here’s what’s been up!

Hey there! It’s been a busy month on campus, and here are some pictures. Feast thine eyes.

 

Ms. Mandisa & Ms. Shoki
Ms. Mandisa & Ms. Shoki
Scheming and Posing ALAians
A few schemers

IMG_0661

 

Year 1 v/s Year 2 Soccer Match

Year 1 v/s Year 2 Soccer Match

Bruno and Firsties
Bruno and Firsties
The Mauritians
The Mauritians
Peace Day Celebration in Colors
Peace Day Celebration in Colors
Peace Day Celebration : Ella's Performance
Peace Day Celebration : Ella’s Performance

Team Bonding Exercise
Team Bonding Exercise

IMG_0589

Year 1 Boot Camp : Marshmallow Challenge
Year 1 Boot Camp : Marshmallow Challenge

 

Team Building Experiential
Team Building Experiential
ALAians (Second Years)
ALAians (Second Years)