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

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.
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.
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.
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.
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) 😒

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.

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.
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.
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. Anonymous
    August 31, 2017 / 8:15 am

    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. Princess Audu
    August 31, 2017 / 9:03 am

    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

    • Grace Alex
      September 2, 2017 / 1:37 am

      Thank you Sarah,
      Your detailed comment makes me happy.

  3. Natalie Da Silva
    September 1, 2017 / 12:21 am

    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!

    • Grace Alex
      September 2, 2017 / 1:36 am

      Thank you Natalie,

      Means a lot.

  4. Anonymous
    September 1, 2017 / 6:40 am

    You really need an editor

    • Grace Alex
      September 2, 2017 / 1:25 am

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

  5. Demilade
    September 1, 2017 / 8:10 am

    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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    • Grace Alex
      September 2, 2017 / 1:38 am

      Thank you Demi,
      You're amazing.

  6. Dleonalife
    September 2, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    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.

    • Grace Alex
      September 19, 2017 / 11:48 pm

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

  7. Unknown
    September 2, 2017 / 9:26 pm

    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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    • Grace Alex
      October 23, 2017 / 1:00 am

      Exactly, thanks for sharing your thoughts…

  8. Unknown
    October 12, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    The educational system in Nigeria is truly sad and draining, I remember back in secondary school my history/CRs teacher asked me to give him money for me to pass and I refused, he denied me the award for best in history twice and kept failing me in CR's till I graduated! And your backpack is amazing where can I get it?

    • Grace Alex
      October 23, 2017 / 1:00 am

      Hello love, I know right your comment was so needed. My backpack is from American Eagle