Just a quick update: our generous donor graciously agreed to extend the scholarship so our applicant can re-take the TOEFL exam and apply for next fall.

Haiti is slow.  There's no doubt that the speed with which I originally hoped to start this scholarship program was a bit ambitious.  Like I told the donor, if there were a pool of high school-educated, English-speaking Haitians ready and prepared to accept this scholarship, Haiti would probably be in a much better situation.  But the fact is that people who speak English and have a good education are incredibly rare, so it will be my focus over the next few months to help our applicant better prepare for the exam.  We're hoping to start skype classes soon to focus on English practice as well as some cultural education.

If you were going to tell someone from a developing country some advice on how to survive college in the U.S., what would you say?


  1. I'm so glad he is able to try again to get into UP. My advice for surviving college in the US this: Do not be afraid to ask questions in class, even if you think they're dumb. Asking questions is the best way to learn. In addition, if you think you need more help outside of class, do not be afraid to visit your professors during office hours. Professors are there to help you, and meeting with them can be extremely helpful.


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