• Malvern Madondo

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Malvern's Bio:
    I have heard that the average human being uses 10% of their brain's potential. Whether that's true or not, this blog is a mirror of at least part of my brain's functionality and activity. It is an outlet through which I share my experiences and escapades here at CSS. I hope that in between the mixed metaphors and rambling in my posts, you find something valuable. I have an overwhelming interest learning new things and expanding my horizons (which is why I am here). Wait, I just lost my train of thought... Welcome to my 'Pensieve' ~ thinking out loud..

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  • Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

The Chemistry of CSS




We all came from different backgrounds, from different origins, and from different countries. We did not know, at most, each other’s language. We were at one point shy or nervous to talk to one another on the first day, nobody wants to create a wrong first impression! As days tumbled by, we became appreciative of each other and suddenly we evolved from being strangers and became friends and before we knew it, we were family. Such is life when you are an international student. Even when you come from a country that is not represented at CSS or when you have no one you know, you are guaranteed to find friendship and open arms with other international students.

As I walk down memory lane, to four months ago, I realize how much I have grown not because of my own doing but because of the people around me who exerted such a positive influence on me and were always there to ignite that little spark that leads to the massive explosion of growth and maturity. I ceased to look at certain things from my own perspective and shifted to a multidimensional view based on the various perspectives of other international students, perspectives often based on culture and backgrounds. To me, this became a platform to advance my understanding of different cultures and acknowledgement of my contribution to diversity and others’ contributions as well.

You begin as an island, alone yet surrounded by endless waters of all sorts of life, people and other threads of this fabric; and you slowly connect and join with others to form this massive landform, bound together by simple cords of friendship, acknowledgement, appreciation and love. Thus we become one. That inexpressible bond is the chemistry that floods the hearts of those who come in from all corners of the world and settle at CSS. It is found in those young people who will share moments with you, encourage you, strengthen, embolden and challenge you to be a better person every moment in every way.

                              “We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.” 


My Zimbabwean Fam(few more missing from the picture!)

My Zimbabwean Fam(few more missing from the picture!)


My 'International' Family (A lot more missing from the picture!)

My ‘International’ Family (A lot more missing from the picture!)


For reference, please read a similar article on http://www.css.edu/about/news-center/st-scholastica-news/chemistry-of-css.html


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