What did I Take Away From My Experiences in Ghana?

Recently, I was contacted by a student at the University of Ghana. She said she wanted to interview me for an article they were doing about International students. She sent me a list of questions to answer. The last one read: “What did you take from the experience? How did your perceptions change?”

Here was my response.

I don’t even know if I can fully answer that on a computer. I learned to appreciate what I have, and to be happy no matter the circumstances. I learned to greet people and be respectful to anyone you come in contact with. I learned that people are meant to help others. I also learned that germs are over rated!

My perceptions have changed a lot. I no longer complain about little things that happen here and there. I’m thankful for having running water, toilet paper, and electricity.

I’ve also learned that lots of people generalize Africa in a way that makes every country of Africa seem like it is the same. I came back and everyone was asking, “How was Africa?!”, “What is it like in Africa?!” “What do they eat in Africa?!” Before going to Ghana, I was a victim myself, but most people don’t realize that generalizing one country and referring to it as ‘Africa’ is very misleading. No one goes to China and says, “Wow! In Asia…..” You would never ask your friend who went surfing on the coast of California “What are the waves like in the Pacific Ocean?”

I can honestly say I have changed for the better, and it is noticeable. I’ve become a more positive person, I’ve become nicer, more patient, and overall a happier human being. I truly believe America would be a significantly better country if more people experience Ghana the way I did.

 

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

Jeremy Ginsburg

HELLO WORLD!

Welcome to my BLOG! I’m going to try to keep this PG rated but beware. If you get offended easily then please just call my mom for updates. She will probably be embarrassed to pass along the inappropriate info I’ll be adding, and should be able to give you an update on what I’ve been doing that will be fitting for all ages. And, like every other Jewish mother, she loves to talk about her children.

So, This is my first post and it will probably be the least interesting cause I’m still in America, but in one week I will be leaving to go to GHANA, the only country other than the USA to ever host myself for longer than two months. It’s GHANA be a fun trip. The official language in Ghana is English, though there are many tribal languages that are spoken there. The most common language is Twi (pronounced CHWEE). Ghanians do not speak French, though all of its surrounding countries do.I plan to visit them and use my French conversational skills. In Ghana, I’ll be living on campus at the University of Ghana in dorms. I’m super excited to go! I just bought my Malaria medicine and can’t wait to take it so I can hallucinate and have crazy dreams. I’m still figuring out everything I’ve gotta do before I go there, but I’m putting up this blog so all my family, fans, followers, lovers, haters, comrades, Americans, Jews, fat people, and everyone else can follow along as I embark on my journey to Africa. This blog will contain pictures, videos, poems, raps, haikus, posts, words, punctuation, and excitement. It’s going to be sad at times. It’s going to be happy at times. It’s going to be racist at times. It’s going to be funny at times. Hopefully you all will find the racism funny, because I am not a racist. So get ready to tune in. Bookmark this bad boy on your browser, and prepare for my posts! Tell your friends!

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One LoVe,

Jeremy Ginsburg