In less than a month, Yanne Toussaint will end her collegiate athletic career forever. She will no longer dread setting her alarm for 6:00 a.m. every morning. She will no longer have to sit through hours upon hours of bus rides. She will no longer spend long nights finishing that one assignment she didn’t have time to do between practices. When she graduates in May, Yanne Toussaint will board a plane back to her hometown in the Netherlands, and at first she may not look back.
I am sure that you are pondering the commonalities found in all of the given scenarios and here it is: Nigerian culture. Slowly but surely, the culture is being assimilated into mainstream media, particularly in Western Europe and the United States.
We’ve all played the ‘how far can my eyes roll back into my head game’ as our parents lectured us about making our own choices and remembering that “just because our friends jump off a bridge doesn’t mean we have too”. Naturally, we let their warnings roll off our shoulders and into our dress that’s a little too short and our shoes that are a little too high.
In America, learning a foreign language is not compulsory until high school. Upon entering college, schools only require that you take the minimum one year of any foreign language course. While the requirements for taking a foreign language course are minimal in the United States, I have learned that most colleges provide students with the option to become proficient in another language by offering rigorous courses; except Brenau University.
Skleder is so much more than just our president. She is now someone who likes the same food as you, someone who gives you big hugs and smiles, or someone who loves the same music as you. Jody Wall, Chief of Staff and Executive Assistance to the president says, “The three words I would use to describe her personality is kindness, concerned, and boundless energy.”