How did I get here?

Like I said before this is my final year of engineering( well there is the strike  going on ) anyway how did I get here? engineering was not my first choice and during the hard days I always wonder what it would be like if I did Law (yes… law was once my choice) . Most of the subjects I chose back in high school were leaning  towards doing law until I had to make university selections and I did not want to put it in any of my choices. I do not even remember  how I ended up changing maybe my interests were taking a different direction.

So I sat for KCSE got the results and waited for university letters (this is where my  dilemma began). My first choice was civil engineering then you select three different universities that offer the course. I remember a few weeks before the letter came I was having lunch with a friend and we were talking about what if you  get the course you want but not in university you had thought of  what would you do( guess what people) that is exactly what happened to me . On one hand I got the course I wanted and on the other hand the university is not in Nairobi. I cried, my life had taken a turn I did not expect , it took some time to adjust but I finally realized that I had a lot to be thankful for because not everyone gets their first choice and when it comes to location you can always adjust to a new environment.

I had visited Eldoret once for a school trip six years prior to being called to Moi University and now it was going to be my home for the next five years . It was definitely different you can check out previous post for glimpse of life in the reserve I feel I should mention the university is not in Eldoret town but Kesses ( should be on the map).

The programme requires that you go for two placements , my first one was in Nairobi (yeah finally) but I think we should talk about how hard it’s becoming to get placement in different companies and the requirements needed ( will be discussed in a future blog post). I got the chance to stay in Nairobi for three months , meet my friends , attend events( there are rarely events in Eldoret) visit new restaurants etc. but after living in Eldoret , Nairobi always looks so expensive in every perspective (rent, food ,clothes ..etc.) . My second placement was to be in Nairobi but something happened and when it was time to start I was looking for a plan B . I am so glad I got one in time but it was in Naivasha (Are you kidding me? I had just been in Nairobi for a week….I know right). So yes here I am moving  to new place again, I was really nervous at first but living with my relatives( I got to have three brothers  for two months  ( I only have sisters )) helped me ease to the new environment and my colleagues at work were so welcoming after a week I was good. During that period I seriously considered Naivasha as a place to move to ; there is no traffic ,the weather is good but its dusty and you can always walk down to the lake.It was a good experience and I got to meet different people especially in the settlements I was working in and it gave me a different perspective.

In the four years since I joined campus I have lived in Eldoret , worked in Nairobi and Naivasha so I can confidently say I have experienced living in three different towns . The experience has made me open to living in a different town and I do not know where I will be posted for my first job because there could be a road project in Mombasa  water project in  Nakuru or even another country you never know. Your journey might be very different from mine but there have to be certain changes and sacrifices you will have to make to achieve a certain goal so do not be afraid to take that leap of faith.I have already had to adjust to some of these changes and I have not even started my career I can only imagine what is in store for me.

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Till my next post , ” Life is tough my darling but so are you.” – Stephanie Bennett Henry.


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  1. Reminds me of my own path and the places I’ve been. My first real job after leaving UoN (twenty years ago) was Kakuma Refugee Camp in Turkana District after a five- month internship with a NGO in Kawangware. I had wanted to work with refugees so it was a dream come true. I left for Dadaab Refugee Camp in Garissa where I worked on addressing sexual violence against women and girls. Thereafter, I moved to East Timor, a tiny island near Australia to work as a U.N. volunteer. I worked on civil affairs and electoral issues. My experience in East Timor was one of the richest experiences I’ve ever had. East Timor got independence and become the “ new kid on the block” at the U.N. Then I took a break and later went to Liberia and worked there for almost two years. This was immediately after the 14-year old civil war had ended there. I worked on women, peace and security issues and was part of a team that designed disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programmes for female ex-combatants/ fighters. It was an interesting experience as I got to interview women who were part of the armed groups and to examine why women join armed groups and what roles they play in them.I also got to meet Leyma Gbowee, who had organized a women grassroots movement to end the conflict and had successfully advocated for the signing of a peace agreement. Leyma later got the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in Liberia. I moved to the Sudan and later to South Sudan after it gained independence. Now in Iraq for more than five years working on political and human rights issues including the impact of violent extremism and terrorism on women’s rights. I have gained new perspectives and knowledge on Middle Eastern culture. I have no regrets with the path I’ve taken.

    You are young and have a lot in store for you, go for it!

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