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Columbia University accepts SA student...twice

Tamsin Wort | After being accepted to Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, Anade Situma was unable to raise funds to go because of her father’s battle with cancer. But now she’s been accepted again, and this time she’s determined to get there.

JOHANNESBURG - South African student Anade Situma's dream has come true when she was accepted to complete her Masters of Science at the Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism a year ago, but was unable to raise funds to go because of her father's battle with cancer.

Two days after she would have started at the university, her father passed away.

In March this year, Situma was accepted yet again, and has since been working hard to make her dream a reality.

She says African stories ignited her passion for journalism.

'One thing that was very striking to me was that apart from the fact that lots of African stories need more depth, a lot of American and western stories need more perspective. And so, it just made sense that you'd have more global voices in the news, which a lot of journalists are fighting for but for some reason it doesn't seem to be happening at the root of the news."

Situma says instead of complaining about the state of the news locally and internationally, she'd do her part to make it better.

"I started applying instead of complaining that the news is unfair or not great."

She is now trying to raise the rest of the funds needed to get to Columbia University.

"So far I have raised $71,290. I used all my savings to go to New York, because the currency is stronger, and I knocked on every media corporations door, and got bounced by security multiple times."

The South African student says some investors sat with her and listened to her story, and she managed to come away with the $71,000.

Situma still needs a further $18,000.

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