All I Wanted Was an Education: The Epic of a Foreign Student

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iUniverse, Dec 1, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 392 pages
Some American children do not realize how blessed they are to have so many educational choices. There are more than 3,000 universities and colleges in the United States offering every subject from Architecture to Zoology. An average American student needs only the will to study and the zeal to accomplish and the sky is the limit. Some students do not explore the educational opportunities presented to them. They let the pressures of educational demands overwhelm them and many drop out of school for personal reasons. For many foreign students like me, the choices are limited and the road to success ranges from slim to none. The obstacles are many and strenuous and they include; financial problems, home sickness, culture shock, weather adjustment, Immigration Department concerns, loneliness and the list goes on. In the midst of these problems quitting is not an option. There are two goals, the will to survive and succeed because this opportunity may not be available again. My story is based on the will to survive and accomplish a dream. How did I survive? Find out when you read, All I wanted was an Education; the Epic of a foreign Student.

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I discovered this book by doing a google search on my brother, Sidney J. Marceaux whose is mentioned in the book by the author because Marceaux wrote some letters to Father Nakireru.
This book is a
must read by anyone. Why? It tells an amazing story about a man who refused to quit. To this date, I have only read the online version where there are some missing pages! I plan to buy this book very soon.
After reading the book, I wanted to know what the Author is doing now. I was able to find out that in recent times he is doing well and has a job as a Chaplin for the Marines. Maybe I will contact Father Nakireru and find out more! Maybe he will read my post and contact me!
I find it amazing that Father Nakireru leaves his home to go to the USA without having permission from his bishop regardless of the religious political climate in his parish. My brother wanted to leave his post at the Beaumont Chancery to go into the Army as a Chaplin full time, but he could not do so because the bishop did not grant permission. It was only after the death of this bishop that my brother was able to realized his dream. If anyone cares to read about Col Sidney Marceaux here is the link to do so.
Thank you Father Omoviekovwa Nakireru for writing your book and the link you have with my brother.
John Marceaux

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