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Making Money Make Sense: Funding a US Education

by Simbarashe - Posts (7). Posted Thursday, October 24th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Just how shocking is the cost of a U.S. college education? In my country, Zimbabwe, the tuition at the country’s top university is US$674 per semester – US$1074 including room and board. When I began to research schools in the U.S., I found the total annual cost of many colleges broke the $50,000 threshold, with […]

On Encountering Racism in College

by Simbarashe - Posts (7). Posted Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Today’s post comes to us from Simbarashe Runyowa, an Oberlin student from Zimbabwe. The topic is a delicate one – racism that Simbarashe encounters here in the U.S., and in his home nation. Throughout, he refers to “the n-word.” For those unfamiliar, there’s a racist slur beginning the the letter “n” used to refer to […]

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A Major Dilemma

by Simbarashe - Posts (7). Posted Monday, December 10th, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Last year, as a freshmen, I read novels, performed acid base titrations and memorized obscure formulas. I grappled with Hobbes and Locke, solved integrals and balanced equations. I crisscrossed from Chemistry to Calculus to Anthropology to Economics to African-American Studies to Politics, all in the hopes of winnowing down the chaff of possible majors to a […]

On Being an African in the US: Navigating an Endless Web of Stereotypes

by Simbarashe - Posts (7). Posted Monday, April 23rd, 2012 at 5:16 am

During my first week in the United States, I went to lunch with a group of American students to whom I had just been introduced. Pleasantries were being exchanged around the room, as was some great food and conversation. Everyone was immersed in those typical introductory conversations that revolve around hometowns, majors, dorm choices and […]

The Complications of Friendship in America

by Simbarashe - Posts (7). Posted Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 at 10:35 am

It occurred to me recently as I was sitting around the table having lunch in between classes that the vast majority of my friends in college are international students. Now, this is not to say I had been living in oblivion about this fact all this time, but rather I came to the realization that […]

From Zimbabwe to America: Learning to Adapt and Overcome

by Simbarashe - Posts (7). Posted Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 at 9:00 am

“Remember to keep warm when you get there. America is a cold place. And to call us daily. Don’t forget us.” These very words were the ultimate installment in a long series of many, many snippets of well-meaning advice from aunts, uncles, friends, neighbors, cousins, passers-by, cousins of those passers-by, and anyone else who had […]

Meet Simba, a Zimbabwean at Oberlin College

by Simbarashe - Posts (7). Posted Monday, September 19th, 2011 at 11:26 am

Name: Simbarashe Runyowa (Simba) Home Country: Zimbabwe School: Oberlin College Year: Freshman Major: Undecided Why did you decide to study in the US? I decided to study in the US because of the diversity of options in the liberal arts curriculum. Because I was interested in a variety of fields and disciplines, I felt like […]

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