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At breakfast, I heard that the seamstress came to the dorms at night and many of the girls got measured and picked out cloth for their first Ghanaian dress. I’ll need to try to catch her next time to get in on that!
After breakfast with the group in our usual spot, the bus took us to the building where orientation was going to be held for all incoming international students – those with USAC and other study abroad organizations as well as those here independently.
The University of Ghana officials were wearing traditional clothing, which I always find very nice to look at!
They welcomed everyone and started to explain their mission and role as well as the course registration system more in depth. Another topic that much time was spent on was cultural differences and customs, as well as relationships.
Ghana is a very male-dominated society, and they made clear that, as a women, you had to set clear boundaries to ensure any potential Ghanaian boyfriends don’t think you’re playing “hard to get” and try harder to sway you.
For the guys, they said they should make sure they have enough money with them when they take a Ghanaian girl out on a date – they are definitely expected to pay!
After these morning sessions, we toured the large Balme Library as well as the rest of campus – well, part of it. It’s a very large campus, and since there don’t seem to be any complete maps, I am not even sure what proportion of it we actually saw.
The little map we did get from the administration wasn’t very accurate either. It’s a very walkable campus with buildings quite spread out, but I heard there is a shuttle during the semester that students can take for 30 GHS (15 cents), and many seem to do that.
Catch up on Sabrina’s adventures in Ghana: