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Episode 54: Alone at Christmas

This episode was inspired by one of my podcast listeners who sent me an email about how she would be spending the Christmas break alone on Campus for the first time as an international student in America.

This episode Is dedicated to everyone who will be alone on Christmas, and it outlines some fun ideas that international students can do, while spending Christmas away from family and friends.

You can reach out to other international students on campus

A lot of international students don’t get to go to their home countries over the Christmas break so so many reason. Some of such reasons include the cost, VISA issues, travel restrictions etc.

you can reach out to other students on Campus and get to know them.

You can tour your own city

After you must have connected with the students on campus who for one reason or the other aren’t going home for the break, you can tour your current city together. When I moved to California for grad school, a lot of people thought all I was doing was spending time in Universal Studios and Hollywood. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Yes I lived in SoCal, but no I wasn’t touring the city as much because the workload at school needed all my attention. So the holiday is a great time to see the city through the eyes of tourism.

Touring my current city Nashville TN

Plan for Christmas and New Year’s Day

Remember that if you are planning to go shopping on Christmas Day or news years day, your favorite stores may not be open or may be open only for a few hours, so plan ahead. You may organize a potluck with other international students on campus and have them bring food from their respective countries, play games together, share stories and have a great time.

Nigerian “Puff Puff” Snack.

Binge- watch your favorite shows and movies

Christmas is a great time to catch up on shows and movies. Create a list of amazing movies you would love to see and see enjoy!

Practice self care

Take time out to relax, get a massage, treat yourself.

Partner with a charity group to help the less privileged.

It’s always a privilege to serve others and, and Christmas time is a great time to join organizations that serve those in need. Help out at soup kitchens, hand out items of clothing or literature to those who need it, and spread the love

Spend time with a local family/friend

If you get invited to spend the holiday with a friend or local family, take the time to enjoy the opportunity.share a little of your culture with them and get to know more of theirs.

Make out time to call your family

If you are spending the holiday away from friends and family, make sure you reach out to them as well. Be open about how you feel being away from them. Every time I open up and tell my parents just how I feel being away from them they have just the right words to make my heart feel a million times better.

Stay off social media and create new memories where you are

It can be really hard to wake up on Christmas morning and watch your peers all over the world spending time with their families and unwrapping Christmas gifts if you are spending Christmas alone. So stay off or minimize the use social media for the day. Don’t compare yourself with others and spend the day feeling sad and depressed. Instead spend that time creating new memories that you can share with your friends and family when you reconnect with them.

Catch-up with school work, and get ready for the next quarter

The holiday is a great time to get ahead with your studies. Reorganize your closet, and just get organized for the school year.

When I was a grad student I spent one Christmas on campus and made so many life changing decisions, because “loneliness” was redefined! listen to the full episode to find out what decisions were made.

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Enjoy!

THIS TOO SHALL PASS

If you are spending the holiday alone, remember this too shall pass. Hang in there and make the most of it. Nothing beats spending time with family and friends, so make new friends, create memories that you can share with your family when you reconnect, and brighten the corner where you are.

How are you spending the Christmas break? be sure the leave a comment below.

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Episode 41: Tattoos and Tribal Marks

Episode 41: This week a friend asked me if Africans feel the same way about Tribal marks as they do tattoos.

On this episode, you will find out some of the reasons why Africans have tribal marks​ and some history behind the practice.

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The portrait of the individual with tribal marks was done by a talented Artist Babajide Olatunji

 

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Welcome to my Podcast Page !!!!

The Tales of an African Princess in America Podcast is about ALL the interesting stories of my experience since moving to America- the good, bad, and the embarrassing!

Here I help you Stay updated on all the latest Episodes and more!!!

Episode 1: Introduction

Episode 2: Celebrate the Girl Child!!!

Episode 3: You have an Accent !!!

Episode 4: My “cheese situation”

Episode 5: My Very First Traffic Ticket

Episode 6: Should you get the Flu Shot?

Episode 7: The Mane Deal

Episode 8: The Mane Deal 2

Episode 9: 5 Things I Wish I Did

Episode 10: Things I wish I could Change

Episode 11: Monday Blues

Episode 12: Becoming a “safe” person

Episode 13: How I maintain Long Distance FriendshipsEpisode 14: 5 Culture Shocks I Faced When I Moved to America

Episode 14: 5 Culture Shocks I Faced When I Moved to America

Episode 15: How I Deal With Procrastination

Episode 16: The Time I Almost Gave Up

Episode 17: Make Saving A Priority

Episode 18: How I Dealt with Homesickness

Episode 19: Dealing With Envy

Episode 20: Life Lessons From My Glasses

Episode 21: What Is That Smell?

Episode 22: The Daydreamer

Episode 23: Options For Studying Abroad

Episode 24: Superstitions

Episode 25: How Long Does It Take To get Settled In America

Episode 26: Tolerance

Episode 27: The Real MVPs

Episode 28: A Day At The Park

Episode 29: Mother’s Day Episode

Episode 30: My Fitness Goals

Episode 31: Are you truly Happy?

Episode 32: Project Experience Silicon Valley

Episode 33: My Worst Job Interview

Episode 34: Dating and Rebound Relationships

Episode 35: My Lowest Moment

Episode 36: Hello 30!!!

Episode 37: What Will People Say?

Episode 38: African Weddings Part 1 (Dating)

Episode 39: African Weddings Part 2 (Bride Price)

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Episode 1: Introduction!

Welcome to My Podcast Channel

Welcome To The Tales of an African Princess in America Podcast Website!!!

I created this podcast because stories are powerful, and by sharing our stories we can learn and grow together. I am really passionate about education for the Girl Child and topics in Career and health. I believe that when people are informed they make better choices. The stories shared on the podcast provide motivation and inspiration, and we know this by all the reviews that we get.
I also share the interesting experiences I’ve gained along the way since I moved from Nigeria to America- the good, bad, and the embarrassing.

Here’s a one-minute​ video Introduction

Earlier this year, someone asked me what my passion was; it took me a minute to collect my thoughts before I delved into a long epistle. She then asked me what I was doing about all the ideas and plans I had, and that was even a much longer pause…

I am passionate about science and research to find a cure to incurable diseases (hence my day job) but I also have a long list of other things I want to accomplish.

I found Podcasting, or podcasting found me! It was the perfect way to channel everything I was passionate about, to best communicate my “WHY”. Sharing information about Science, Education for Girls, issues that affect Immigrants, Healthcare, and creating a platform where awesome people could share their stories is how podcasting has helped me meet my goals.

I thought I could never find the time to do it while working full time in a research lab, however, I created the time for it. I began to find ways to create even MORE time for podcasting. I started with the tools I had. My cell phone, my laptop, and a mic, thanks to @anchor.fm.

I don’t mean to imply that juggling it all hasn’t been challenging, but the truth is “We All Make Time for the Things and People We Love”. I love science and I love podcasting. What do you love? Start Small, Start Now.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT?

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