31 August 2017

It's my second week here (see my last post HERE) in America and classes has began. I see reasons as to why people lay emphasis on the need to travel and not live in your own small world because there is a lot out there to know. The difference in culture, social interaction to the education system is shocking.

My CCTP 505 Class

My first day of class exposed the serious learning and development gap  or lapses of the African and specifically Nigerian educational system. It's more annoying because our leaders and private stakeholders are not pulling strings or policies to shape or change that and are fine because they've embezzled public funds to send their wards to these great schools and no one is holding them accountable.

The feeling here is different and so is the learning process. A lot to unlearn and I'll try to list out the ones that first come to mind.

Helping other students: in Nigeria helping someone out with classwork is almost impossible people see you as a competition and knowledge is hoarded and not for the greater good, over here it's a total reverse situation, your helping in and out of class contributes to points that build up to your total grade score or point.

Your Professor or Lecturer isn't your God: here arguments are important and making your point meaningfully even when they don't tally with that of your professor is valid. In Nigeria a similar show of knowledge will have you repeating that class till thy kingdom come.

A school has a working system; while we are still battling with files and papers (in which case some magically get missing), these people here have created a system that helps ease out the strain of registration, information and access to curriculum  before the session starts(which way Nigeria) 😒

There is a working library: The library has a lot of space for different readings, be it group, personal or between two persons. The computer systems function and there is internet service ( you know that stuff that is hard to come by in Nigeria?😩😩😭😭) yes that. A 24hr open service policy, but in our climes 4:30 doors are closed well in some very rare case is it opened till wee hours.

Once you step into the four walls of a developed countries University, you realize that most of what you know is almost irrelevant except the understanding English language 😒 and there is light, I would want to dwell on this now but haha that day is coming.

Generally it's a long conversation leading up to this long summary so I'm planning on starting a vlog where I can rant further. Remember in my post I stated I was looking for a place, so I finally moved in and it's close to campus, bummer though most people are undergrad on campus and it's difficult carrying on academic conversations with them and to vibe with them on a mature stance.

In summary we need to hold our leaders accountable for our mess and stop hailing this fraudsters putting our children's future in jeopardy, have you studied abroad what where those little loopholes that made you almost snatch your wig?
everything I have on was thrifted .


  1. Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this write-up and also the rest
    of the website is also really good.

  2. I remember moving from Nigeria to Thailand and starting my grade 10 (SS1), everything was quite different as the school was teaching using an American standard. First off we were given hand outs in classes as opposed to being forced to take down notes. In fact our notes weren't graded, no body cared. In some exams we were allowed to carry our text books and notes inside, of course those exams were always harder as the noted never helped lol. Also all assignments had to be typed. Took a little adjustment but I got the hang of it in no time. Then moving the University, all our need study materials were uploaded on the school website, we got our class schedule from there and in fact didn't have to go to class if we didn't want to. And here's the shocker when it came down to exams we were always told areas of concentration and the format of the exams. Based on my experience studying outside Nigeria for a while and comparing this to that of my friends, family and my experience in Nigeria, thins are much simpler out there.

    Princess Audu

    1. Thank you Sarah,
      Your detailed comment makes me happy.

  3. Girl I couldn't agree with you more! Theres so much out there in the world , so much to learn and see! Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

  4. You really need an editor

    1. Honestly, looking at the blunders in my post I do agree with you

  5. Ooh I can't wait to watch your vlogs Grace, they'll be so good. The Nigerian educational system definitely has a long way to go , it's sad and infuriating that the money that should be used to improve it is being embezzled by some people in power. Glad you're having a great time, wish you all the best. xx
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  6. I really cannot wait to watch your vlog!! We (Nigeria) have a long way to go, my friend went for her masters last year and she kept telling me - we dont know what we are doing in Nigeria, we just laugh but it is a sad truth. May God keep you always Grace.

    1. Thank you love, would share links to them on my page

  7. Studying abroad made me learn the things listed in this post. Lecturing in Ireland is so different from the one in Nigeria and it so sad because if Lecturers in Nigeria improve in their lecturing skills, students in Nigeria will learn and thrive more. Hopefully, Lecturers in our generation will do better.

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