Sep 16, 2014

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Top KCSE 2013 National Examination Student Joins Strathmore University

Tom Wanderi Kingori

Determination, excellence, inspiration and great potential sum up the character of Tom Wanderi Kingori, ACCA course student at Strathmore University. Tom was the best student in the KCSE class of 2013 national examination leading him to obtain a scholarship with European Union.


He had this to say…


Tell us about yourself…

I was born in 1995 in Nairobi, the first born in a family of four. I studied at Aga Khan School and obtained 415 out 500 marks in the KCPE national examinations. I then joined Alliance High School where I scored a mean grade A with a performance index of 86.967 points emerging as the number one candidate in Kenya.


How did you feel when you realized you were the best candidate in the exams?

I was extremely excited and grateful to God. Being ranked position 1 nationally was not a mean feat. It took a combination of trust in God, strong will, an intelligent execution and self-motivation.


How is it being at Strathmore?

I like Strathmore’s organization and strictness on time and proper dress code. I also admire the lecturers who are very interactive and willing to help, especially Prof. James McFie who teaches me ACCA. I believe this journey will go a long way in introducing me to University life, and life in general.


Greatest achievements so far…

My achievement so far in Strathmore is that I have joined the basketball Blades team. Am very excited about this as I continue my basketball journey that started in high school. I was the basketball captain back in Alliance leading my team to the National Games.


Any challenges?

My challenge has to be the distance between school and home.  It is quite a workload that leaves me tired and totally drained.


Aspirations for the future?

I wish to serve humanity in my career, and I wish to pursue a degree in petroleum engineering preferably at Princeton University in the USA. I like a challenge and plus I want to see my country go forward; discovering our own source of energy is among the key goals of vision 2030 for Kenya. I see myself as an inspirational young leader leading the country, especially in the petroleum sector and transforming Kenya as well as being among the chief prospectors of vision 2030. I believe Strathmore University will provide a strong foundation for me to achieve these goals.


Where do you get motivation from?

My motivation comes from All-star American basketball player Kevin Durant who said, ‘Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.’


I wish to finish this interview with a quote from Vince Lombardi, ‘the greatest results in life are usually attained by simple means and the exercise of ordinary qualities.’

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Oct 14, 2014 at 03:29:01 PM
Its good u joined Strathmore where your successes is the day to day agenda of the guy be uaself...u r astar let the star in u inspire us, let us learn the secrete of ua excellence nd u will make us new again....I love to hear that u trust in God for success let him teach u Strathmore u will never regret nor lament abt ua University life.... They have the best in all fields nd they give the best always..
Sep 30, 2014 at 09:11:43 AM
I usually him kwa bus in the evening,and it happen that we sat together last week,he greeted me in a polite way and now i notice he was a Star last year....that good of him and am grateful that he Trust in the Lord and he is a focused man...keep it up TOM
kenneth ogutu
Sep 23, 2014 at 02:19:59 PM
nothing good comes easy...u did yourself the best and thats the best reward u got...still more to follow keeping up with the same spirit of sheer hard work.congrats
Cyprian Ongeri
Sep 22, 2014 at 08:24:10 PM
Keep working Tom. I assure you that in Strathmore University, you have the best environment to maximise your potential. You will surely make it. After all, you are the captain of your soul and the master of your destiny.
Sep 22, 2014 at 05:39:39 PM
Hard Work Really Pays, Keep it up and never Loss focus, the almighty God will see you sail through. Once Again keep on Working Hard.
Jotham Okello
Sep 20, 2014 at 07:00:18 PM
Follow excellence and success will chase you pants down,good work young lad.
Sep 20, 2014 at 11:51:28 AM
have been inspired by the student"s sentiments and actually i believe that hard work pays double our effort. Strathmore is a place to be to develop and achieve the future goals not only for our own self but even to the entire country.
Tom Wanderi
Sep 18, 2014 at 09:41:51 AM
I believe strathmore is the place to be Thank you all for your warm welcome
xtian jj
Sep 17, 2014 at 12:48:24 PM
That was a good fight there.Very motivated by your quote.Strathmore is surely the best place to be and for sure you did make the right choice . The battle was tough back i n secondary and you emerged the winner among just greatful we meet at this wonderful place to showcase our real hardwork and talents and that finally we merge the distance that was created by the different locations of our previous schools. Your goal is surely one to admire and exactly in line with mine even though i will serve the same on another field. All i can tell you is that it is not over till its over because this is the time that our country needs us most during this moment where a lot has really changed and our morality greatly compromised. I hereby put another challenge to you as you said you love challenges.We need engineers to deal with our oil discoveries and at least have the skills so that we dont go outside to look for other people to do our job demanding very high commissions from our oil sales,therefore i challenge you to live up to your and open other doors of opportunities for others. As for now, i got an appointment with destiny....till next time....SO LONG FRIEND XTIAN JJ WITH REGARDS
Mary Mumbi.
Sep 16, 2014 at 03:35:46 PM
Hi Tom you are a great hero in this country of ours. May the Almighty God bless you in all your studies.
Steve Mokoro
Sep 16, 2014 at 02:51:27 PM
I wish you all the best Tom. Keep up the spirit. You are in for more achievements. Thumbs up! God bless all the way even as you prepare to serve humanity. Success!
Danson Kali
Sep 16, 2014 at 11:58:15 AM
Congratulations Wanderi and keep it up.Let the sky be the limit !