The Dream- The Goal ….
My desire and inspiration to be educated at a high level stems from being raised in an under-privileged environment. There were so many things I could not do and so much I never knew existed, yet I was aware that there was a bigger world out there, just waiting to be explored. In school, I learnt that being under-privileged exists only in one’s mind. It is how one uses available resources to create opportunities for himself or herself that matters. This is what inspires me to work hard, be it in class, in a specific field, or in community service. I want to earn my success and become a useful member of the Tanzanian community.
Duke would enable me to not only continue with my studies, but also learn about how to help my country from a global perspective. The knowledge and experience I will gain will become valuable tools in developing Tanzania, and convincing others to pursue higher education. The ability to think critically will enable me to recognize the challenges that Tanzania faces, and develop effective ways of solving them. The opportunity to intern at companies in Africa will help me to start initiating projects and running workshops. As my mother is retired, she cannot financially support me and so the pursuit of my dreams relies, as it always has, on me being resourceful.
I feel so fortunate to be where I am today, to have discovered the arts and a world of knowledge; a world in which, no matter what I do with my life, I want to continue sharing with those less fortunate than myself.
It has been my SECOND HOME- IST
Just like the great Martin Luther, I also have a dream. A dream that one day the retired teacher at home whom I call ‘mother’ will have a tractor digging her farm instead of a hoe, a dream that my community will have light from electricity bulbs and not kerosene lamps, and that Tanzania will be on the least countries with corruption. IST has given me a great opportunity to share my dreams but also to hear other peoples’ dreams; people who come from different areas and different backgrounds. I came to realize that although we might have different stories, we all share common goals; goals of development, growth and positive change. As I was playing piano one day, I saw the way all my fingers moved in different directions but they all had the same aim of creating melody and harmony. It occurred to me that working as a team towards common goals could lead to realization of many dreams. Hence forth, I have become a link between my community and the International community. Most people in my village, community and country have great ideas on how to solve the problems facing our country but what they lack is confidence and skills to share their ideas. Inferiority complex has affected the confidence of many Tanzanians that their ideas are left unspoken and unheard. IST has given me an opportunity to learn and develop my confidence. I can present infront of the class and read a speech infront of the school. I aim to share these skills with my local community. Encouraging men and women to participate and speak out in debates and discussions. My personal goals are also to be able to share the knowledge and experiences with the local community. I believe this will enable those less fortunate than me to be able to expand their understanding and awareness of the problems and challenges we are facing. Incorporating the people experiencing these problems means getting more answers on how to overcome them. My aim is to be able to work with the groups that are mostly left out such as street children, and orphans, instead of big bodies such as non governmental organizations.
I feel proud to be Tanzanian. The culture, the songs, the dances; they all bring beauty. My goal is to share this beauty, and my pride, with the outside world. Together with a few friends at my old school, I founded a club that taught students various traditional songs and dances. We performed these at many school events, and audience members from other villages came to watch. We even challenged ourselves and performed Macbeth by Shakespeare. People loved seeing us dance, and our creative energy brought smiles to their faces.
When I started attending the international school, I brought my local culture with me and began sharing the beauty of my country with students from all over the world. I was asked to perform at school assemblies, the graduation ceremony, and International Night. Through these events, I expressed the lifestyle of different tribes, not just as a form of entertainment, but as a unique approach to sharing knowledge. I have a vision of Tanzania growing economically through the tourism industry, not just because of safaris and beaches, but through our culture too. However, awareness is needed, and I hope my dance and song will continue to be appreciated as I pave my way to Duke University.
Healthy body is a healthy mind
I have always believed that the body and the mind are connected. Well my friend Imaan Tamimi said, “It is obvious because they are all in a single body, therefore everything is connected”. Even though she sounded funny, she was right. Everything in our body is connected to each other. They work together in performing different tasks. I wish human beings worked together like that, what a perfect community we would create! Every individual will play a role like a single body part while still connected with others, hence build a strong community, one that resembles a single body of a person.
However, today I am going to share with you how to stay healthy. This is important because, we not only need our bodies healthy but as students, we need our minds healthy and running too.
I recently found out that a person can lose 350 calories in 45 minutes. Wow!!..Isn’t that amazing? I am thrilled with the news. Therefore, I will go forward to keep my body and my mind healthy. I will start going to the Gym after school in the days when I do not have any community service or creativity. I am also planning to start morning exercises in order to keep my mind active in the morning. This will be a great opportunity for me to keep practicing my swimming and improving my strokes. One of my dreams is to be a great swimmer, and I know I can so I will…
FUND RAISING BEGINS :-)
SELL ICE-CREAM, BUY ICE CREAM FOR A MTONI KID!!
The fund raising season has already began. It is good because the first event has been great, even though we did not have a lot of volunteers to help out but we still did it. It does not matter the quantity but the involvement of the few. I am proud and happy because we have gained experience of marketing, management and sales. We are looking forward to a great upcoming season!…
La..la..laa I SINGGGG
As a way to develop my personal talents and abilities, I, together with my friends came up with an idea of formulating a band where we can be able to sing, play musical instruments and perform in various occasions. In our band, I am the discipline chairman and secretary of the group.
Through the band, I was able to compose a song concerning love and life called ’ THIS IS LOVE ’ . By working collaboratively with other members, we were able to harmonize the song with nice beats and sounds. Mr. Green was of really great help in singing and the playing of instruments.
The band has developed my confidence in facing the audience and also increased my abilities of creativity. Currently, I am to working present ideas and issues of global importance through my coming songs. Hopefully I will be able to produce and record an album with my band. More over I am still working on my piano practise so that I can be able to play the instrument with my songs to increase emotional attachment and feeling of music that takes and moves everybody away with the excitement.
The goal of our band is to develop, raise and strengthen musical talents that are unseen and forgotten. We have a free entry hence anybody can join and we are looking forward to welcome new group members in this activity which is FUN and EDUCATIONAL.