After 20 long minutes of waiting

Fortunately, my several minutes of overwhelming contemplation did not prevent me from being on time for my interview. After 20 long minutes of waiting, the interviewer called me into the room. I would love to tell you what happened next – that I gave perfect answers and my judges applauded my efforts, but the truth is, I remember very little as to what happened next. But, what I will never forget is that on April 13, WUSC Malawi released the final selection list of those student refugees who would have the opportunity to travel to Canada. When it happened, I was working on an assignment at JC: HEM. One of my friends came running to tell me that the list had been released, and I was on it. Despite their excitement, I could not believe it. I thought they were making a cruel joke, so I dropped my things and went to see for myself. I ran my finger down the list and saw that two of my friends, Wycliffe and Bizimana, were named – and, as I am sure you have guessed by now, so was I.

Published by Gabriel Ndayishimiye

Gabriel Ndayishimiye lives in London, Ontario. He is a writer with a passion to contribute to Black history and literature; and the author of “Run Elvin” (forthcoming), a memoir written for youth from marginalized backgrounds. This book tells Gabriel’s academic/life experiences from refugee camps in East and Southern Africa and now from the metropolis of the western world. The story aims to inspire and motivate such demographic of youth to take up given opportunities to be creative, achieve success, and develop resilience to fight the challenges of life.

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