Graduate Spotlight: Abijah Njoki Njuguna
Getting out of bed early in the morning to read is one of every student’s daily struggle. Having to peel one’s eyes open at the crack of dawn makes one feel groggy, uneager to learn and start the day. For Abijah Njoki Njuguna, that was a routine that she adopted in High School, for indeed, the early bird catches the worm.
Transitioning to University was a journey that Abijah looked forward to. Towards the close of her last term at Kenya High Girls High School, Strathmore University visited the school for an open day/career fair. Intrigued by the numerous opportunities at the institution, Abijah undertook an entrance examination that opened doors for her to pursue Certified Public Accountants (CPA) course on a scholarship.
“I began my CPA journey in 2019. Being a Math guru, I found the course fairly easy yet challenging to manoeuvre at the same time by grasping the tons of formulas and concepts taught. The first two Sections of CPA catalyzed my inclination to learn. The lecturers were a dedicated lot as they left no stone unturned. From laying a foundation to what accounting is all about to understanding the sound financial principles to exploring the various fields of practice. I am honoured to have passed through the hands of some of my lecturers as they are and will be instrumental as I transition into the professional world.
In 2020, the year that we all had to adapt to the new norm of the impacts of COVID-19, I too adapted to a new norm whereby I did the extraordinary. I combined my Section 3 and 4. In the midst of all that was going on with the pandemic, I managed to finish and excel. Having friends who kept me accountable and pushed me to study hard drove me to achieve my potential greatness. We had group discussions at 4:30 – 6:30 am, revising past papers and going through Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations Board (KASNEB) practical questions. Doubling that up, I was pursuing my undergraduate degree in Economics and Statistics. Talk about juggling a lot.
In May and December 2021, I undertook my Section 5 and Section 6, respectively. My greatest achievement that year was scooping the first position in the May 2021 Advanced Financial Management. All I can say is ni God! Pursuing CPA was full of mountains and valleys and one had to learn from the challenges and remember to enjoy the successes.
As the door of opportunities are now opening, I optimistically see a bright future ahead.”
This article was written by Jemmy Kamau.
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