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.