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Graduate Spotlight: Pankaj Varsani – Outstanding Environmentalist

 

My name is Pankaj Varsani, a youth environmentalist, a first Class honours graduate in Bachelor of Commerce, with a double major in Entrepreneurship and Accounting. My 4-year journey as a Commerce student has been an exhilarating one! Ever since I joined Strathmore University, opportunities have knocked at my door and I have answered the calls.

My most memorable moment was being part of the growth in the Strathmore Environmental and Sustainability Club (SESC). As I mentioned earlier, I am passionate about the environment and I am working at making a difference through coming up with solutions that mitigate climate change. I was a Project Coordinator, quadrupling as the Club Activities Coordinator, Research Representative and Treasurer for the Club. I took the position as the President for SESC for two consecutive years – 2019 and 2020.

A plastic free world…

“Everyone deserves a clean and decent environment to live in, and to admire the beauty of nature. But what is humanity mainly doing? Polluting it. By teaching the youth to make a difference today, together we can make a change for the future.” In that regard, my push for a plastic-free world has resulted in fruitful developments. With the help of the amazing SESC leadership team of the SESC, we brought the Flipflopi Dhow, a fully functional sailing boat that was made of 100% recycled plastics and flipflops, to Strathmore. During the environment week, we also worked towards tree-planting in conjunction with Team Environmental Kenya, and the SU_SAFI, campaign that aimed at making Strathmore clean.

 

With deep satisfaction and ‘happiness’, I pioneered the Young Leader Plastic Tide Turner Badge Programme in Strathmore University that aimed at educating and making youth aware of the dangers, effects and harmfulness of plastic waste pollution. Similarly, I was selected as a Millennium Campus Network (MCN), class of 2020, where my project (Plastic Tide Turner Badge) scaled across the world by training youth from different parts of Africa including South Africa. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recognized my efforts and I received the Outstanding Tide Turner award.

My achievements as a youth environmentalist are numerous; my gratitude goes to the Strathmore fraternity for granting these opportunities and forums not only to me, but also to the school at large. These opportunities have influenced our growth and development as students.

Studying is just the tip of the iceberg…

My advice to my peers and prospective learners is to grab all the opportunities that come your way. Participate, engage, and compete!  Studying is just the tip of the iceberg, but below the tip are these opportunities. They have made me who I am today. Take the bold step… you never know what lies ahead of you.

It is quite amazing how time flies. Looking back at those four years, I am amazed at how much I have grown intellectually, and physically; how much I have achieved in such a short period. I have indeed grown! I now look forward, and what lies ahead of me is promising. I am longing for the amazing opportunities lined up.

 

This article was written by Jemmy Kamau.     

 

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