Gilbert Wambua, Diploma in Business Information Technology

Strive to not only achieve academic excellence but to also understand others

I am an avid cyclist; however, the ongoing pandemic has limited my movement. In addition, I have not been able to interact with family and friends as I would like. Using social media platforms and placing calls to get in touch has not been enough for these channels lack the authenticity of human contact. As a result, it makes me worry about the genuine wellbeing of my distant family and friends. However, I continue to seek comfort from God and trust in His will to keep us all safe. Over and above that I have been working to improve my writing skills, especially poetry and learning to play the guitar. As Robert Frost once said “Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words”.

Why did you choose to continue with online studies? 

Given that Strathmore University has sacrificed to make online learning a possibility, it would only be fair for me as a student to do my part. Currently, I receive free bundles to facilitate my studies and interaction with my lecturers and students. Secondly, I could not put all aspects of my life on hold and give up on the hope of having a great future that awaits me when I complete my course. I had to decide to keep on going and I am glad I took the chance.

What has the pandemic taught you that you would like to share with us?

We should not take human interaction for granted and live harmoniously with everyone we encounter. As students we should aspire to be the best version of ourselves in all we do for self and others. Besides that, we should not only strive to achieve academic excellence but also get intentional about understanding others. As a result, we will be able to interact with people of all walks of life despite their affiliations or influences. It is important to remember that at the centre of it all we are humans and when we stand for each other we shall always win. 


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