Graduate Spotlight: Briege Mwangi – Embracing challenges, nurturing friendships, treasuring time

The Beginning…

“As I take a stroll down memory lane, my camera roll reveals a precious photo from four years ago – my admission letter to Strathmore University (SU). In a determined effort to persuade my parents that SU was undoubtedly the perfect institution for me, I vividly remember the meticulous steps I took to secure the admission letter.

Before one can embark on their SU journey, a daunting interview process awaits, coupled with rigorous tests in English and Mathematics. With bated breath, I found myself in a room alongside numerous applicants waiting for the clock to start before we begin the tests. Clutching my pen, I examined each question, carefully crafting my responses. In this nerve-wracking moment, my hand trembled, barely managing to scribble down a few coherent thoughts. My mind harkened back to the two-month break that had dulled my understanding of critical concepts. Later on, I received the news that I had fallen short of the pass mark. I was, however, given a second chance to retake the test. I walked home, devastated yet clinging to a glimmer of hope. The following day held a chance for redemption, and I was determined to seize it. This experience would define my entire journey at SU as it shaped my mindset, ‘seek opportunities’.

Settling in…

Transitioning into university life proved to be a challenge during my freshman year. Acclimating to a new environment demanded forging connections with unfamiliar faces and navigating newfound independence, shouldering the weight of my choices and actions alone. As a self-proclaimed melancholic, this transition was far from effortless. Yet, I owe profound gratitude to my exceptional mentor, whose boundless generosity and compassion knew no bounds. Extending a helping hand, she treated me to comforting lunches, engaged in heartfelt phone calls, and even invited me on serene walks. These acts of kindness nurtured my soul and provided the fertile ground in which I could blossom. With each interaction, I unraveled a number of opportunities that awaited me.

Eager to make a difference, I joined the Community Outreach Program (COP), embarking on heartwarming visits to various children’s homes, where we lovingly prepared meals for the children we met. The vibrant energy and camaraderie within the club enriched my experience immeasurably. Additionally, I ventured into uncharted territory as a member of ‘Let’s Chat’, a student led video series, featuring prominently in numerous captivating videos. This newfound exposure bolstered my self-assurance and unlocked countless avenues of exploration.

The light at the end of the tunnel…

Encouraged by our esteemed lecturers, I decided to apply for a position in the Communication Office, thirsting for practical experience and seeking to bridge gaps within the communication field. This led me to assume responsibility for managing the chaplaincy’s social media accounts and also being a lector. This greatly shaped my spiritual life and I fell in love with God, thanks to the formation I received over the four years.

Moreover, I was blessed with the privilege of serving as the second president of the Strathmore Communication and Consultancy Clinic (SCCC), an honour that filled my heart with unparalleled joy. Within its nurturing embrace, we tirelessly worked to cultivate essential communication skills among SU students, inviting illustrious guests such as Mark Masai, Dennis Okari, and the renowned wordsmith, Bikozulu.

Briege with Denis (left) and Mark (right)Additionally, I had the privilege of working as an intern in the Mentoring Office, where I played a pivotal role in organizing and coordinating a series of captivating events known as “Campus Chronicles.” This exciting opportunity allowed me to curate and orchestrate a variety of engaging activities tailored to the interests and needs of our students.

From thought-provoking panel discussions to exhilarating interactive sessions, Campus Chronicles became a platform where students could connect, learn, and grow together.

Lessons, treasured memories…

As my time at SU draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on the essence of this institution, realizing that it is the intangible aspects I will miss most. The ambiance that enveloped the campus. The friendships that blossomed, creating a tapestry of camaraderie that will forever be etched in my heart. The classmates who embarked on this remarkable journey alongside me, sharing laughter, tears, and countless memories. Indeed, it is these precious memories, woven delicately throughout my SU experience, that I will treasure above all else.

Four years have passed in the blink of an eye, and yet, it feels like an eternity of growth and discovery.”

This article was written by Briege Mwangi.

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