It's Really Cool That You Studied Abroad In Africa. But The Way You Talk About It? Not So Cool.
I'll never forget the look of surprise and wonder on my sixth-grade geography teacher's face when looking at a photo of the Johannesburg cityscape. I can't remember the exact photo, but this one will do: Beautiful right? I kid you not, she exclaimed: "WOW! I had no idea they had cities in Africa!" Did I mention this was a private school? Talk about face palm central. The thing is, it's not uncommon for people, even EDUCATED people, to assume that Africa is just one big desolate country (ahem, it's a continent y'all) filled with starving kids, bare-breasted women, and wild animals. Spoiler alert: It's not.