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Excellence is an individual perception of achieving the best of oneself.

John Mwangi, a Bachelor of Business Science in Financial Engineering student, receives his award from Dr. Caroline Kariuki, the Strathmore University Institute of Mathematical Sciences Academic Director.

Dressed to kill and faces beaming with delight, students flocked the Strathmore University Auditorium on 11th July 2019 for the academic gala. The more than 250 students would get awarded for their tough grind to emerge on the Dean’s list (Students with A’s) among the various faculties during the 2017-2018 and 2018 – 2019 academic year.

The event hosted a panelist of industrial players who led a discussion pegged on excellence addressing an all-rounded lifestyle. The panel comprised: Strathmore University Vice-Chancellor Designate Dr Vincent Ogutu, Financial Consultant, Doctoral fellow, Musician and Tv Host David Muthengi aka Holy Dave, Corporate Affairs Executive at Royal Media Services, Renee Makau, OB-GYN Dr Christina Sule and Misheal Musili who was part of the team that won the 17th John H Jackson Moot Court on World Trade Organization (WTO) Law in Geneva Switzerland.

The panel expounded on excellence and the following were some of their insights:

  • ‘’Excellence is leaving everyone without a doubt that ideally something has been done so well’’ said Mishael Musili
  • ‘’Excellence is the little successes or things that become cumulative habits in our everyday life’’ said Renee Makau
  • ‘’Excellence is an individual perception of achieving the best of oneself” said Dr. Christina Sule.
  • “An excellent student has to be an intellectual and explore talents that shape how one thinks and operates outside class. This helps create an all-rounded student’’ said Dr. Vincent Ogutu.
  • ‘’For one to maintain excellence, one has to have ruthless focus. This will make you be determined despite the obstacles that show up along the way in achieving success,” said David Muthengi.
  • ‘’Pride and ego are what bring down so many people. You need to seize any opportunity that comes along the way without discriminating against any opportunity. You need to be ready to sweep the floor before being that great person in life.’’ said Renee Makau.

The joyous occasion saw the top seven students of each faculty and course awarded for the two academic years. The academic giants were awarded by their respective Dean’s as their families, friends and classmates cheered them on.

Michelle Oguya, a 3rd-year student studying Bachelor of Commerce, serenaded the attendees with an outstanding violin performance.

The event which aims to recognize and appreciate hard work also serves as a form of encouragement to other students to work harder.


This article was written by Tuzo Jonathan

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