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New students welcomed to Strathmore

Paul Ochieng, Dean of Students, facilitated the online orientation for first-years which was carried out via Zoom.

 

Emptiness and silence have invaded our campus. However, that doesn’t mean learning stops and work is not getting done; on the contrary, more is happening now than ever. Strathmore is ensuring that the Stratizens are engaged as classes continue to take- off, online. A team of dedicated staff is on duty to assist through the transition as the current instructors and students are getting well-adjusted to social distancing. To our class of 2024 be assured that all our teams are deploying their diverse skills and approaches openly to ensure your first semester as a Stratizen is seamless.

Online orientation

The Class of 2024 came on board on Friday, April 17, through online orientation. Paul Ochieng, Dean of Students, warmly welcomed the new students and conducted the session, with other staff members being part of the zoom meeting. The vice president of the Student Council was also present to let the first-years know about the vibrant student life that awaits them. Later in the year, the first-years will be officially inducted into the Strathmore community with the convocation ceremony. The ceremony introduces new students to the rigorous academic life of the University, and the opportunities, responsibilities and resources available to assist them with connecting with the community of their peers and the larger campus.

As we soldier on this season, Vice Chancellor Prof. John Odhiambo reminded us, in a message to the first-years, to endeavor to learn how to be exemplary citizens and to develop into world changers. “I invite you to immerse yourself into the vibrant and lively academic community. Although for now you will be studying from your own home, here in Strathmore we will offer you support and guidance to succeed in your endeavor.”

Still on course: Remotely

Both staff and students are adjusting to the new normal. Dr. John Branya, has been a teacher for over 30 years and is among the lecturers now teaching online. He misses the smiles, and the engagement that comes with on campus teaching. “Being in class is excellent but we can do without it for a period. A platform has been laid for us to rise as individuals who are not only self-sufficient but also problem solvers who live to tell their tale. The world is changing and so we change with it for the greater good.”

Students are taking advantage of the e-learning to better themselves. For example John, a Diploma in International Relations student, is taking advantage of learning from home to save the money he would have used on fare or buying lunch. Arthur, a Bachelor of Tourism Management student said that it has given him an opportunity to sharpen his skills through side hassles. And for Sanjana, a Bachelor of Laws student, is grateful that the e-learning platform will ensure she graduates on time as her course work is still on schedule.

Still wondering what to do while indoors? Become a part of the Strathmore community that are keen to make sure that their study plan for 2020 is not held back by the pandemic. As we remain hopeful for the future, let us remember the words of St. Josemaría Escrivá, who inspired the foundations of the University. “Make specific resolutions and fulfil them with the help of God.” Let us blaze trails in this pandemic by achieving that one or two goals that we shall look back and say through it all:  We made it!

This article was written by Annete Karanja. 

Would you like to share your experience of living through the circumstances brought by the Covid-19 pandemic? Kindly email: communications@strathmore.edu

 

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