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ASU Study Abroad in Ghana by Sidney Wilson

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore” -Andre Gide

Traveling to Ghana was one of the greatest experiences of my life. The study abroad experience has made me overall a better person. I have become not only more appreciative of what I have here in the U.S., but more culturally aware and educated. I’m not going to sell Africa or Ghana in this article, but I would definitely encourage anyone, particularly individuals of African descent to visit this remarkable continent. Africa has so much to offer, in so many ways. It’s culture, history, wildlife, scenery, friendly and festive atmosphere are all elements individuals must experience in their lifetime.

I grew up in a cultured home, and my parents always explained the importance of knowing who I am. They instilled in me that I can never truly prosper in life without having the knowledge of my history.  This, they explained, is the first step toward developing an identity. As an African-American male, it was my dream to travel to Africa. My love for African American history, art and culture coupled with my passion for traveling fueled my desire to travel to the birthplace of civilization to study abroad in Ghana.

I made preliminary preparations through the Office of Office of International Education and was encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships. I applied for the Gilman scholarship and the ASU Student Affairs scholarship, both of which I received. The Gilman Scholarship paid for the entire trip. I received all necessary vaccinations, began packing and was set and ready for Ghana!

On May 29th, we arrived at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.