3. Punctuality and Time Management
4. Abundance Mentality
5. Ignorance of the Local Culture
6. Don’t Allow Other Africans to embarrass you
Don’t lose your money in social sciences, psychology, arts or literature studies abroad. I believe that these studies are better done when they are grounded in a local culture, and relate to your people, not other cultures legacy and paradigm. Anyway, who need another Doctor in literature or sociology in Africa. We need engineers, scientists, mathematicians, designers, innovators, entrepreneurs, experienced managers.
8. Avoid using studying abroad as an immigration scheme. It’s a trap. If your goal is to immigrate at any cost, you can go that path but believe me you’ll be traumatized by the experience. You’ll end up in the worst universities in the world, which are just hunting for penny students’ fees from desperate foreign students, or trying to fill some diversity quota.
Don’t choose blindly or intuitively. Check online the ranking of the best universities in the world. You can find many list online. Here are few of them:
– World’s Best Universities: Top 400: http://www.usnews.com/education/worlds-best-universities-rankings/top-400-universities-in-the-world
– World’s top 100 universities 2012: their reputations ranked by Times Higher Education: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/mar/15/top-100-universities-times-higher-education
Your money and time deserve the best. Pick up carefully.
Avoid educational institutions with a political agenda, like the ones which want to train other countries elite to be able to control them afterwards through alumni networks and secrets societies networks. You’ll find these kind of schools more in France, United Kingdom and some in the United states. Most of our current failed leaders have been trained through these institutions. Avoid them, if you want to be a new kind of leader for Africa. Your loyalty should be for your country, your continent, humanity. Unfortunately, they will the one who easily offer financial aids and scholarships for the best African students. The trap is there!
9. Have a goal in mind before you leave your country. Talk about this goal with your parents or friends. Dream to be the best of your class, see yourself at the top of your class, envision the kind of companies you want to work with after your studies, imagine yourself receiving an award of excellence, etc.
Without written goals you can lose yourself in sex and leisure pursuit and forget why your are there.
10. Commit to come back to Africa. No excuses! There are more opportunities in Africa now than anytime in history. Get your diploma from the best schools and get back home.
It feels crazy is to leave family and friends behind and go to other countries to study, with the pervasive hate of Black people in many countries without any reason, the condescending attitude of other students, and some teachers; the struggle to live on low budget, loneliness, the illusion of better life in the west, etc.
‘Don’t be encumbered by history; Go out and do something wonderful’
– Robert Noyce, who put ‘Silicon’ in the Valley, with Intel in 1968, going on to inspire Steve Jobs..