My life was never the same after YYAS
By Mose Mazanhi (Zimbabwe), YYAS 2017 Alumnus
Days have ceaselessly scrolled from camp but the impact still remains vivid and indomitable to alter.
I met a group of infallible visionary students who are sold to a vision and are not susceptible to easily compromise for the status-quo. They weren’t doing this automatically, or because it was an inborn talent they’d natured since childhood. Rather, the intelligence, diligence and remarkable insight portrayed throughout our discussion seminars and workshops turned up were the result of training, practice and discipline. “Man, I spend 3 days without sleep on my books,” I quote a friend and talented magician I met at YYAS.
This program has awakened my understanding to realise that man has vast many opportunities at his/her disposal but unless he/she liberates their mind, he/she is inhibited to access them. YYAS facilitates and catalyses interaction with people from diverse cultural, racial and social backgrounds. The university guidance lectures were a remarkable experience, as you would get acquainted with various significant Admission Coordinators from prestigious universities such as Rochester, Minerva and SciencePo. I mention a few.
Snack time and enrichment activities were undoubtedly among the blissful moments at YYAS but the last talent show would shake you off your feet! I never imagined geeks dancing, showcasing incredible jokes, playing piano, reciting poetry and singing. At YYAS, all was possible. All my preconceptions and perceptions towards Africa have been scrapped. I now embrace a decolonized mindset!
Saying goodbye was the hardest thing to say, after such a tremendous encounter with amazing people from all dimensions of Africa! “Let’s work hard, we will meet in future!” I quote a great Philosopher and friend I met at YYAS.
I will live to impart my community and make Africa a better place!
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YYAS is an all expenses paid program designed for talented African students between 14 and 18 years old who have interests in studying at universities in the United States. The program aims to introduce students to university and financial aid application process and requirements. Participating students attend lectures and seminars developed by Yale faculty staff and Yale student instructors. This is meant to accentuate their leadership skills and encourage critical thinking in an effort to address the continent’s challenges and opportunities.