Rajveer Thethy: Blazing Trails on the Track and in the Classroom

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Rajveer Thethy’s journey is a powerful reminder that with determination, support, and a clear vision, it is possible to excel both in academics and in pursuing one’s passions. As he prepares to graduate, his story continues to inspire and pave the way for future generations of students and racers alike.

From the roar of engines to the buzz of academic achievement, Rajveer Thethy has carved out a remarkable path that seamlessly blends his dual passions for motorsport and business. As a soon-to-be graduate of Strathmore University’s Bachelor of Commerce program and a celebrated motorsport champion, Rajveer’s story is one of dedication, resilience, and an unyielding drive to succeed in every arena he enters.

“My name is Rajveer Thethy, and motorsport has been in my blood since I was a kid,” Rajveer begins. Inspired by his father’s success in the F2 championship in Kenya, Rajveer was drawn to the sport at an early age. “My dad built me a custom buggy from scratch, and at 12, I became the first junior to participate in an Autocross event.” This early start led to his first junior championship win in 2015, setting the stage for a series of victories. However, racing came with a stipulation: education must always come first. This balance between academics and racing became a cornerstone of Rajveer’s life.

Rajveer’s decision to pursue a Commerce degree at Strathmore University was driven by the institution’s stellar reputation. “Strathmore offers an excellent curriculum and a comprehensive educational experience, which I believed would equip me with the necessary skills to succeed in the business world,” he explains.

Rajveer’s time at Strathmore has been transformative. “Engaging in coursework, participating in class debates, taking part in club events, and developing lasting relationships with peers and lecturers have been highlights of my time here,” he says.

Balancing the demands of motorsport and academics was no easy feat. “I often spent sleepless nights preparing my car and studying for my units. I established a system where I would only work on or train with the rally car after completing all my academic responsibilities for the week.”

The impact of Strathmore’s education extended beyond textbooks. “Courses involving public speaking and leadership helped me manage my racing team and handle media interactions confidently,” Rajveer notes. He credits his lecturers for their support and flexibility, allowing him to catch up on missed topics and providing encouragement to pursue his passion for racing.

Rajveer’s motorsport journey has been marked by perseverance and success. Starting in 2014 at the age of 12, he quickly made a name for himself. After winning his first junior championship in 2015 and another in 2016, he faced academic commitments that limited his racing in 2017. However, he continued to excel, winning the 4×4 challenge beginners championship and the Hill climb race in his class in 2018.

Budget constraints and a focus on studies kept him from racing until 2021, when he made a triumphant return by winning the 2WD NT car championship. In 2022, he upgraded to a 4WD Turbo Subaru and won the Open class championship. His participation in the Mini Classic Rally that same year, despite the challenges of balancing exams, highlighted his determination and grit.

Winning the 2023 RX Junior Champion and 2023 RX Overall Champion titles was particularly special. “Despite initial challenges with our car, my dad and I raced our hearts out, ultimately winning the championship as a father-and-son duo,” he recounts. This achievement not only solidified his place in the motorsport world but also strengthened the bond with his father.

Rajveer’s achievements have brought positive attention to Strathmore University, showcasing the diverse talents of its students. “The skills and knowledge gained at Strathmore, particularly in public speaking, leadership, and strategic thinking, have been invaluable in my motorsport career,” he says.

Looking ahead, Rajveer plans to continue his motorsport career while leveraging his Commerce degree to explore opportunities in the business world. He aims to balance both passions and stay connected with the Strathmore community by participating in alumni events and helping students with a passion for motorsport.

For incoming students, Rajveer’s advice is clear: “Pursue your passions alongside your academic pursuits. Time management and prioritization are key, but don’t be afraid to ask for help when needed.”

A standout moment for Rajveer was the Service-Based Learning program. “Volunteering at Mukuru Promotion Centre (MPC) opened my eyes to the world outside and taught me the value of gratitude and helping others,” he shares. This experience instilled in him a commitment to supporting communities in need.

Article written by: Stephen Wakhu

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