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Meet Anade Situma, hustling her way to Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism

This year is the second consecutive year that Anade Situma has been accepted into what is arguably the world's top journalism school.

She is a young South African who has shown great determination to make her dream of completing a Masters of Science at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism come true.

Situma was accepted into Columbia last year but due to her father’s battle with cancer she was not able to work on raising the funds to attend this top journalism school.

Sadly, two days after she would have started lectures, on 6 August last year, her father passed away.

It's human connections that change the world, not money per se.

Anade Situma, SA Masters student

After receiving another acceptance letter this March, she started working on her goal to start studying at Columbia this year.

Situma spent 42 days in the New York literally knocking on doors in her search for funding after quitting her job.

What struck me was that African stories need depth and more Western stories need perspective. We need more global voices in the news. So I started applying instead of complaining. But most of these institutions only take students from the top journalism schools.It doesn't make sense that I can't go because of money.

Anade Situma, SA Masters student

Of the $89,290 required so far I have managed to raise $71,290 and am now looking for the remaining $18,000.

To find out how you can help, visit the #GetAnadeToColumbia campaign page.

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