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US Embassy holds night lecture series

Jul 12, 2010, 3:09 PM | Article By: Sainey M.K. Marenah

As part of its ongoing efforts to help Gambians gain admission into US Colleges and Universities and complement the efforts of the government in education, the United States Embassy in Banjul last Thursday held a night lecture series at the America Corner, located at the Comium Building along Kairaba Avenue.

The Guest Speaker at the occasion was Ms Monica Aguirre, a student of the University of Miami in the US, who spoke on the life of an American college student.

Ms Monica Aguirre is also an intern at the US Embassy in Banjul and her lecture highlights some of the challenges of attending a university in the United States from the perspective of a college student in final year at a school. Her lecture also provided an insight on the academic and students involvement aspects of college life.

Addressing the gathering, Ms Monica said the United States has lots of colleges and universities that are presently offering high quality education, both to national and international standards, adding that the US is a liberal state with people of different background and nationalities.

She urged students to make the best use of the learning opportunities offered in the US, while disclosing some of the procedures of admission into colleges and universities.

"Community colleges are for people who are low-income earners, but they also provide good education to students in diverse forms," she added.

Monica stated that the US attaches great importance to education, which according to her, is the bedrock of any meaningful development.

She disclosed that many students have been successful in their studies while in the United States. Monica spoke extensively about some of the rules and regulations when attending colleges and universities, and then urged the students to be very serious when they get admission into the US higher institutions of learning.

The night lecture series was characterised by questions and answers session between the lecturer and students.