Till We Meet Again
- 11 Posts
- Age 25
I type this fighting back tears, because I hate goodbyes. My best
friend says I have attachment issues, so I guess this is one of
those times where these issues show.
I am sitting in the Statistics lab and am supposed to be working
on my Statistical Consulting assignment, but here I am being
reduced to tears by this post. I have been dreading writing this,
I have been stalling till a few minutes ago when I came across a
quote by Harriet Tubman that gave me the courage and motivation
to write this. Harriet Tubman was an abolitionist, humanitarian
and many other things - to me she was a superwoman. She says
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you
have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to
reach for the stars to change the world.” This says so much to me
and I hope it equally gives you the courage and the guts to rise
up and follow your dreams. This internship was me trying to reach
for the stars and see what they hold for me.
The past three months have been AMAZING. Many don't believe that
I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would be selected for
the Voices of Youth blogging internship. I applied because I saw
a chance to write, which is something that lights my path,
something that calms me down and speaks for me a lot of times. I
also applied because I saw a chance to use my writing and my
thoughts and my stand as a young Motswana woman to reach someone,
to change someone’s mindset, to change the world.
I was skeptical about applying because most of my writing used to
be fiction and poetry. I didn't know how I was going to integrate
that into Voices Of Youth, but alas, 3 months later I have
written non-fiction pieces on a number of things. I challenged
myself and I am proud of what I have achieved with my time here.
I grew as a writer and mostly I learnt. I also got a lot of
opportunities thanks to this internship. One of my posts was
re-published on sapeople.com and started a conversation on
emigration. I also got a chance to write a two-part series on my
time as an intern for Voices of Youth for ProInterns, which is a website aimed at
helping young people in Uganda get jobs or internships.
Every week for the past 3 months I would go to the Voices of
Youth website and read the fellow interns’ posts because this is
not just about me writing, it’s about me learning and growing. I
have to admit that I have been naive in thinking the problems I
encounter as a Motswana, as an African are problems the rest of
the world doesn't have. To my surprise, we go through similar
problems. I read Devonnie’s post on cat-calling and how women
are sexualised for how they are dressed. It reminded me so much
of something I had written for artsandafrica. That day I realized that
initiatives like Voices of Youth, which bring young people
together, are very much needed.
What we had for the past 3 months was a round-table of young
people who shared their views. We started conversations that the
rest of the world somehow tip-toes around. I wrote about Burundi
at a time when there was bloodshed and most people were ignoring
it. I am truly thankful for the young people I interacted
To all the interns, I wish you guys the best in life and I do
hope I have someone to show me around when I visit your
countries. Stay in touch.
To Mischa, thanks so much for the kind words and mostly for
believing in me. Your comments made my week, every week, because
sometimes even I didn't believe in something I wrote. You taught
me to believe in myself and for that I am thankful.
My final words to everyone are: never limit yourself. If you want
something? Reach for the stars. I hope the Harriet Tubman quote I
shared will make you believe that no matter where you are from,
your gender, your social background or anything that you might
think will hinder your progress, you can still be a star. So go
on and soar on.
This isn't goodbye, more like, till we meet again….