In the two months I have been in Kenya, no less than forty people have asked me about studying in the United States. Most educated people from the lower or middle classes who have a professional dream feel they need to get out of Kenya to be able to succeed. But only those who are exceptional or have a foreign sponsor can leave because the government is limiting passports to prevent more of a brain drain than has already happened.

Education in Kenya is a highly sought-after commodity. But it has also become a double-edged sword by increasing their awareness about other opportunities available as well as their understanding that these opportunities are not available to the average Kenyan, particularly Kenyan women. If a Kenyan is lucky enough to receive a good education through high school (which often means boarding school for rural students), then they set their sights set on college. After college they are prepared to work, but in a country with forty percent unemployment, only the well-connected (and often rich) get jobs, which is why so many wish to leave the country.