Currently only 3% of students in Uganda get the chance to study at a university, so we celebrate the news that three more of our own Empower scholars – Moses, Solace, and Bisa – have recently completed their first semester at universities in Uganda.
The transition from high school to a university is never easy. One day you are enjoying the realization that you finally made it to the top and the next you back to being a first-year student in a new environment. We had the opportunity to hear from Moses about his transition into University and how Empower African Children has helped him along the way.
Are you one of the first in your family to attend University? If so, how does it feel?
Yes, I am the first one in my family to access university education. I am proud of it and believe I should be proud of myself for my achievements, however this comes with appreciation to Empower African Children and the great donors that we have. It is because of them that I am where I am.
Why did you choose to attend the University you are currently studying at?
I chose to go to the university where I am because of two basic reasons; I had applied at another university, where Bisa and Solace attend, but they did not give me my first choice of the course (major) that I had applied for. Also, my university campus has a very conducive study environment.
What extra-curricular activities do you plan on being involved in?
I had not decided because I wanted to settle in and learn to balance my time well first. However, when I reached the campus, we had a soccer match between the new and continuing students and right then I was put on the school soccer team.
What are some of the most valuable skills you learned from Empower that have impacted your studies in University?
Leadership, confidence, creativity and critical thinking. In the aspect of leadership, I am often picked to lead class group discussions in various course units.
While every young adult deserves the privilege to attend a university, pursue their passions, and prepare for a career, very few in Uganda ever get the opportunity to reach this level. It is this level of higher education, along with the numerous learning experiences throughout their scholarship, which will prepare them for a lifetime of influence.
We are grateful to Moses for sharing his experiences with us and wish all three of our scholars continued success on their educational journey! Article title, magazine, volume, and page range. http://www.writemyessay4me.org/