SI Graduate Spotlight: John Mark – Beyond Books and Balance sheets


“ Welcome to Strathmore University, a place where learning and diversity harmonize seamlessly. Despite its polished exterior, , Strathmore is a fun and extraordinary place to thrive

In 2017, my life took an unexpected turn when I met a Strathmore University community member during a visit to my high school. At the time, I was a curious high school student at the time, oblivious to the fact that this encounter would alter the course of my life.

When I first set foot on campus, it felt like stepping into a prestigious European institution. The beautiful surroundings and impressive buildings greatly impressed me . I never imagined I’d become a part of it. Before joining Strathmore, I used to study at the Mbagathi Study Centre, where I also worked. It was during that time that I met Fr. Alphons, who encouraged me to pursue a Certified Public Accounting(CPA) certification, a field I was entirely unfamiliar with

Initially, I had planned to study International Studies at Strathmore, but life had different plans, and I ended up switching to CPA. My tertiary academic journey began with my first lecture in which I was taught  Business Law,and I found it fascinating. Strathmore’s diverse student body and its welcoming atmosphere enabled me to forge friendships with individuals hailing from different parts of the world.

While the CPA program seemed manageable  for those with a high school background in business studies, it progressively became more demandingSubjects like Financial Accounting, taught by Dr. McFie  required a deep understanding rather than mere memorization. 

Outside of class, my participation in chess and soccer enabled me to connect with undergraduate students. This opened doors for more opportunities. Also, I secured my current job through one of my lecturers, Mr. Ndoloka Vincent, the Finance Department Director. Mr. Ndoloka taught me Tax and from our interaction in class, he saw my potential and called me for an interview for a vacant position that was in the department.

As the semesters went by, the number of CPA students decreased because people wanted to pursue different courses at the same time. I was so determined to complete the program. This achievement would serve as a stepping stone for me to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (BCoM) and beyond.

My journey at Strathmore was enriched by individuals who became my mentors and friends, including Fr. Alphons who steered me towards the CPA program,  Prof. McFie, and Dr. Kwenjera. Moreover, Strathmore also gave me an opportunity at an audit firm through an SU alumni, further expanding my horizons.

My proudest moment so far is my academic journey at Strathmore, and I have ambitious plans for the future, including pursuing a degree and advancing my career. Graduation is just around the corner, and I couldn’t be more excited!

The welcoming environment at Strathmore allows one to engage with people from different backgrounds. It’s not every day that you get to have a casual chat with the vice chancellor, Dr. Vincent Ogutu, about your favorite music or the latest trends in youth culture.

In Strathmore, the path to success is paved with hard work and there are no shortcuts. To my fellow students, I encourage you to stay committed and complete your courses, as it’s the beginning of even greater opportunities.”


Article Written by Teresa Nekesa

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