Graduate Spotlight: Aurelius Mukuna – I loved doing homework with my kids
Aurelius Mukuna graduates with the class of 2019 with his head held high. He secured first-class honours in Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Management Science from the evening programme. Aurelius who is technically oriented by training, but works with the hospitality department, shares with us his journey at Strathmore University.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a husband, a father, and a salesman. I am an aircraft maintenance technician by training. I have always dreamt of being a pilot which I still hope to pursue in the future. I currently work in the hospitality department, specifically in sales.
Why did you choose to study at Strathmore University?
I believe Strathmore’s reputation speaks for itself. It has been able to bring up a crop of graduates to the job market that are exceptional. It is a University that has cut a niche in the market especially concerning its business courses. This was an easy choice for me due to the institution’s credibility.
What did it take to attain high grades?
It took a lot of sacrifices. I work in the hospitality industry which means I have to be at work late in the evening and on weekends. I had to reach out to have people cover for me at work in order not to miss my classes as I didn’t want my work and studies to clash. I would look for notes from classes that were ahead of us and compare them with ours. I loved doing homework with my kids and it became tougher as my family time also got affected. I can recall we were a group of five gentlemen in our evening classes where we would push each other to work hard and get good grades.
What motivates you?
My greatest motivation are my children. I hope to be successful in everything that I do so that they can have someone to look up to. I also believe in not just doing something but doing it well to the best of your abilities.
What is your most memorable moment at Strathmore University?
When I got enrolled in the scholarship programme. I wrote to the financial aid department and they were gracious enough to assist me; were it not for this, I don’t think I would be graduating.
I was once invited as a guest speaker in a class of hospitality students to share my experience both in life and my profession. That’s something I found unique about Strathmore; the opportunity to tap into diversity within the campus to help develop students’ interpersonal relationships and learning outside the strictly academic.
What next after graduation?
I will keep developing myself. I look forward to later coming back to Strathmore to pursue the MBA for Executives program. I will also join the alumni programme where I’ll try to contribute to the financial kitty to help a student with any financial shortcomings.
What do you love doing in your free time?
I love spending time with my kids, these moments bond us together.
This article was written by Tuzo Jonathan.
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