Graduate Spotlight: Tabitha Nakholi – Leadership positions helped me grow
Tenacious, hard worker and go-getter are just a few of the words that can be used to describe Tabitha Nakholi. She will be graduating with a double major Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing and Human Resource Management (first-class honours). Serving as the Vice President in the 8th Student Council while in her 2nd year, Tabitha, a second born in her family, tells us of her four-year journey at Strathmore.
How did you get to know about Strathmore?
My older brother did his law degree here and I soon got to tour the campus when I was in Kianda School. I was amazed by the high level of values and professionalism in the institution. I immediately knew this was where I wanted to be.
Why did you choose to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce degree?
For a long time, I always had a passion to pursue something related to human resource. The course would then be a stepping stone for me to market myself with a double major in Marketing and Human Resource.
What did it take to attain high grades?
Every year I had to balance my studies and duties. It took a lot of discipline and time-management. Doing a double major meant I had to do more units than my friends which proved to be a bit hectic. I had to sacrifice my social life to be able to attain those grades. I am proud that my efforts eventually bore fruits.
What leadership roles did you have while at Strathmore?
Leadership is something that has helped me grow tremendously as an individual. I will always be grateful to Strathmore for that. I was the AIESEC Vice President for Talent Management – a global youth network impacting the world through leadership development experiences. I also got to be part of the 8th Student Council while I was in my second year.
You were part of the KECTIL programme; tell us more about it?
In July 2017, I was chosen as the only female and youngest representative for Kenya and Strathmore University at the inaugural KECTIL Youth Conference. This is an online programme that identifies and nurtures talented youth – aged 17-26 years – who have the potential to make a positive impact in their communities. The students identified join a one-year programme that allows them to engage in training that teaches them ethical leadership, women empowerment, entrepreneurship and innovation, and personal branding. They also take up assignments that require them to identify areas in the community where they can improve as leaders.
What next after graduation?
I will continue interning at the Malmar Knowles Foundation where I have been since January as the Programs Coordinator in Atlanta, Georgia. The KECTIL program is an initiative of the Malmar Knowles Foundation. I will also be looking forward to furthering my studies and pursue a Master of Science in Marketing at the J Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University.
What is your most memorable moment at Strathmore University?
Winning the Student Council election while in second-year was a big achievement for me. It boosted my morale and confidence because I had to go to people older than me and tell them why they should elect me as the Vice President. I got to understand the dynamics of leadership and see the gaps in leadership.
What motivates you?
The sacrifice from my parents for me to be where I am today is what motivates me. I want to acknowledge their sacrifice and make them proud.
What do you do in your free time?
I started a Non – Profit Organization known as the Wezesha Binti Foundation whose aim is to empower young underprivileged girls in Kenya, through for instance the provision of menstrual health management services. I also mentor young women in a forum known as Akili Dada, which is a leadership incubator that empowers the next generation of African Women Leaders. I also take part in the AMREF health Africa youth advocacy project where I am part of the steering committee.
This article was written by Tuzo Jonathan.
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