The ninth of July marked exactly two years since I came to study in South Africa. I am amazed how much time has gone by since I arrived in July of 2005.
I have learnt so much about myself, the continent of Africa and the peoples over these two years.
I have questioned previously held views and learnt to be open to other views and new experiences.
It is important for any individual to travel and interact with different cultures and races. I would not exchange these two years for all the diamonds in the world.
I had a meeting with my head of department on Thursday (19th July), and as we talked about how much I had grown since I first enrolled for the postgraduate degree, I realised how much I had improved and matured personally and academically.
My writing skills are greatly improved. My communication and presentation skills are constantly improving. So also my analytical and inter-personal skills. I have achieved some of the objectives I set for myself in these two years and gained so much by utilising any opportunities that arise.
I am quite pleased with this opportunity to study in the States, at the same time I feel as if I am again uprooting myself just when I was beginning to settle into this environment (South Africa). I am however not afraid of taking risks that I identify as viable career opportunities or possibilities for growth. Sometimes the risks are calculated, other times spontaneous.
I look forward to going to the States, but I am not yet feeling the excitement. Right now I am more excited about going home to visit my family after two long years.
Johannesburg has become a 'surrogate' home for me, and I will miss it and the networks I have built in the nine months I will be away.