I arrived in winter—I really thought I wasn’t going to make it! The jacket I wore was warm back in Nigeria. I arrived in the evening and I had to get another jacket the following morning. Waiting for public transport was terrible. If the bus didn’t come in two or three minutes I would run back home. I couldn’t feel my ears anymore.
There was the support from the government for the kids, so that kept the pressure off me while I tried to figure out my path. When I decided to go to school there was government support for that. So it was all there.
I got a letter that my student loan was due in six months. And then, when it was time to start paying, I checked my account online and found out that the government had paid part of my loan.