“For this Kamer whey we dey now so, who no want make waka? Place don spoil. Sef sef chop for put body and soul together no dey”. Find out why I couldn’t further my studies in Germany though I gained admission into a German University.
Like any other Cameroonian youth living in the North and South West regions, my wish was to flee from the crisis by travelling to Germany.
I have always had this wish to travel out of Cameroon for my 1st master’s degree. But the vision became clearer when the crisis started hitting very hard on me.
So, I contacted a friend abroad and told him about my wish. He knew the situation at home and was ready to help me get out of this dungeon. The best means we could think of was through schooling.
He did research on schools and choices fell on three. The choice of Germany was because I loved Europe and any country in it will do. Besides I have some few friends in there. I read beautiful stories about it too.
So, I travelled to Yaounde, did my National Passport and when I had it, I started applying for admission in schools abroad. By May, we had sent applications to these schools and two of them replied by June. One refused me admission because of the language barrier; I could not speak German, the course I applied for was partly in German.
Luckily for me the Global Communication course I applied for was an English course and I was so qualified.
Booooooomm! I got a good news email from the university of Erfurt on that fateful day. It was informing me they had seen the documents I sent via post and will love to have an interview with me. I was very happy. That was my first time applying for a school abroad. I was happy they were very interested in me.
I shared the good news with some friends. They were happy too. I went online read extensively on how to prepare for an interview. I watched summary videos and did a lot of practice too.
When the day for the interview came, I loaded some data in my phone and opened on my skype account. There they were, two interviewers, a male and a female from the university. They were very excited talking with me. So was I, the reception was very warm.
Maaaassssaaa, the interview too ooooo very tough. These guys took me back to my 200, 300 and 400 levels in the university. I had so many questions to answer. They needed logical thinking too but I managed to get them correctly. After discussing for more than 20 minutes, the interviewers ended by saying they were very impressed with my motivation. They said my admission was guaranteed.
A week later, I got my admission letter via email.
Woooowww! I was very excited. I was proud of myself, so were my friends and family too. I knew I was going to Germany. Finally, I was going to go abroad, work some money and take care of my family. My friends started calling me “Bushy”. They cracked jokes over my first trip out of Cameroon.
“Nah no forget we when you go oo. Cam make we take pictures so that people them go know say we been know you before you want fall bush”.
“Bushy, Bushy, Bushy”. So they called me since that day. My younger siblings have not stopped calling me that till today. “Bushy” is the short form for “Bush Faller“; someone who travels abroad.
But I had a major problem.
Where will I get the money needed to do all the necessary preparations? After going through all the videos and literature online, I discovered I needed more than XAF10,000,000 to be in Germany. Or look for a sponsor to give me Affidavit of support.
I later told my dad about it but he wasn’t really excited. He knew the money was much. My friends and I started hitting our heads to find who could help.
We knocked on the doors we were sure to have something from and even the ones we knew had nothing. But you never know who knows who that knows another who. Hahahahahahahaaa. Its teue but was it really valid for my case? It seemed we were knocking the wrong doors because no one offered to help.
I was supposed to block the sum of almost XAF6,000,000 in an account in Germany, then take care of other expenses like flight, visa interview, medical tests, housing, transportation, allowance etc. Where was that money supposed to come from? Time was passing and I didn’t have the money yet.
October was the school start time and I was supposed to be in Germany by September. This means I was supposed to apply for my visa in July-three months before. I couldn’t apply because I didn’t have all the required documents and money needed to start.
That was how I missed it. There was no money to take me through that process. I wrote to the school and told them I won’t make it this year but I will do so the coming year. But this kept me thinking. I asked myself
Was I really expecting a business man to give me even XAF3,000,000 for my schooling?
Where was I expecting my poor dad to get that kind of money from?
What could be the reason why God allowed me to gain this admission?
Was I in my right senses when I was applying for this program?
After meditating for few days, I concluded my time for Master’s degree has not reached yet. I continued with my job like nothing happened. Anyways, that was just plan B.
The Lessons I learnt
- Nothing goes for nothing. I approached many people for help some of whom I knew could help. But the fact that I wasn’t bringing anything much to the table held them back from helping. Besides, why will a business man give his large sums of money to a girl whom he doesn’t trust of refunding it?
- Proper preparations prevent poor performance. I ran into applying for a school online without even preparing for the financial expenses. It is true I wanted to surprise my family but that didn’t work out well because I didn’t give them time to prepare
- Life is not easy the way we think. There is this common phrase, “when that time don reach we go know place for findam.” Lies, if you don’t prepare you won’t get it.
- Going abroad is not the only way out. We can still make it big at home. I have decided not to wallow in self-pity but sit back and make something big out of what I have beside me. These failures have inspired me to create this blog and I am willing to give in my all to make it work.
- There is no harm in trying. I applied for the first time and had an admission. I have just tested my ability and indeed, it worked. However, I know there is a reason why I didn’t succeed.
Have you had a similar experience? What stopped you from going?
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