My name is Bongiwe Shongwe from Manzini, Swaziland. I am a junior at Westminster College in Fulton, MO, pursuing an undergraduate degree in economics. Most of my childhood memories involve stories of one form or the other- I was either told these stories to reinforce a life-lesson, or I made it up myself, or it was a story about something I had done that was used to illustrate something else. Whatever the reason behind the stories, they were my first teacher. This appreciation of the power of storytelling encouraged me to join the “Citizen of Your World Campaign” with the hope that my story will resonate with someone else, and help that person understand that what is said about you does not define you because no one knows you like you know yourself.