Picking trash to get an engineering degree

Is this real? If it is, what next? Is all I could think of. On and on my heart gave the beat while my mind danced to the tune, caught in between the thrill of officially being a fifth year and the knowledge of what that translated to.
See, for me sitting in class has never been my cup of tea but here I was about to drink my first cup of wine, and the requirement was, I had to get drunk. Bottle of choice, the fifth year project.
I call a few friends hoping they had the project titles I needed desperately but to my surprise we were all in the same boat. I then turned to my trusted friend, one whom I knew had all the answers, and after a few tries I knew I was either asking the wrong questions or asking the right questions using the wrong words, so as a final act of desperation I simply typed “list of all new and upcoming civil engineering project titles” and wow, did she have answers for me, some of which I didn’t even understand what they were about. But at least she had done her part and I finally I knew where to start. Out of the 957 titles, yes, I said it right, 957 titles I chose 5. Okay not chose but rather sampled 5 but to my surprise each one was disapproved.
Fast forward the session resumes and I now have a project title, how it came to be, is a story for another day, but now I had another problem since the title wasn’t mine I needed to first understand what it involved and make it my own, meaning relate it to the issues in my immediate surroundings, and I must admit it wasn’t easy. First I have never been entrepreneurial in the least, nor been that observant of the issues in my surrounding, guess I always assumed that was the work of the state, now I know better.
What is my project about, simply put, it’s about waste disposal, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, so they say. The project involves determining the quantities of waste generated, documenting them and finally from that data design a solution that benefits the community while relieving some pressure off the conventional disposal techniques such as landfills. Sounds simple, right?
Well as the old adage goes, it’s never as it seems. Let me explain, my first hurdle was the interviews, trying to explain to the respondents what I was doing and why it’s important and also encourage them to participate, knowing that in the end they wouldn’t get any form of reward from it, most annoying job I have had to do so far cause it involved repeating the same words to different people on different days, since guys are rarely in their rooms especially now being exam season.
Second came the project cost, separating the waste is an integral part of the process and most respondents only had one bin in their houses and I needed them to have at least 2 bins preferably 3, but none was willing to purchase an extra bin for the sake of research, so out of the depth of my pocket I had to buy each respondent one extra bin, with each one at a cost of ksh 60 at wholesale and ksh 100 a piece. Total respondents about 200, so you can do the math and that is only the tip of the iceberg.
Third came the hurdle of weighing the waste and collecting a sample for lab work, haha, the sampling part, no words can explain how discomforting it is, I had to get a white lab coat so that I don’t get mistaken for a crazy person, not shadowing how the smell of the accumulated food waste just drove away every desire I had for good food.
I must admit that though the start has been a bit tricky there is progress and the ever-increasing hope of finishing the project within the required time. Other problems might arise in due time as I progress but at least now I am warmed up and ready to tackle them as and when they arise. That is all from me folks.

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