Are dreams really valid? The life of a Kenyan campus student

It comes with an array of excitement, a bundle of freedom and a great deal of relief, particularly after the pressure to excel in academics and other co-curricular activities that characterise the final year of studies in secondary school.

It comes with an array of excitement, a bundle of freedom and a great deal of relief, particularly after the pressure to excel in academics and other co-curricular activities that characterise the final year of studies in secondary school. With the raging emotions that extend a few months into the student''s stay in college, soon boredom sets in. As such,  freshers often indulge in social ills like drug abuse, alcoholism and even irresponsible sex  that they drag along into their entire college life. READ ALSO: There is an element of Sharon Otieno in all of us A university is a place where one gets weaned on all fronts. You cut teeth of wisdom in readiness for the package of intricacies life has in store for you. And, the juiciest, brightest, remarkable, loveliest of accomplishments. Like a proverbial honeypot, it is the sweetest thing to one's taste buds upon being conferred with certificates from an institution of higher learning. Life in campus often exceeds anything in all quantitative parameters. It is a mystery most intriguing, one which has always spectacularly eluded the grasp of many comrades intellect. It is a jungle where all beasts drink from the same pool; the coarse-mannered drink from inside the pool, while others soil the water after they've drunk it. READ ALSO: At Nazarene University, I almost lost my mind In as much as ours is a university with a difference, and students with a distinct indifference, life over here plays out pretty much the same as elsewhere. What hath ye to say if thou hath not tasted college life? I'm tempted to question. Of what we make of our time during our stay in the campus, is one's own to decide. I decided to speak to a few comrades to find out what life is like in the University of Choice. You just could trace your story from these Phanice Ochola, first year student Phanice, joined campus in September 2018. She is a first-year student pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Community Development.  It was hugely refreshing to finally join campus, she says Moi University was my dream. It still is. I longed to be here. Though she radiates nothing short of determination, she admits that the main campus based at Kesses Constituency was never part of that dream. Me thinks its fate whatever but, I find myself at Main Campus, explains Phanice. She is seemingly grappling with the reality of lecturers syndrome  missing classes, and the idea of free time. Nevertheless, she vows to be a true disciple of her principles, I will consistently honour my plans as I had from the outset, she states. READ ALSO: Diary of a Manager: Five interesting types of job seekers She is fascinated by the booming businesses and how comrades are making a living out of class activities. She has since identified a lacuna. Should she make up her mind to venture into pastime hustles then, an MPesa shop would do.  I would be privileged to have my own MPesa shop,  she says. With about four years remaining to her graduation, Phanice is hopeful that she will graduate at the right time and walk out shoulder-high to religiously pursue her childhood career that she opportunely landed at Moi University.  Ideally, I have found a home away from home,  she says. A university is a place where one gets weaned on all fronts. You cut teeth of wisdom in readiness for the package of intricacies life has in store for you. Patricia Mumbua, Communication student, third year  It was both exciting and fortifying to join Moi University,  says Patricia who is now a campus mum. Two years into college life, she fell pregnant; an experience she says changed her perspective of life. Waking up to think of my Tiffany's welfare gets me going. I acknowledge that her fate solely depends on my knack to nature her, she says. In a phrase:  How the heart is sightless! If it has loved a rock, then in the rock it has found a home,  Patricia recaps how she got herself paged. Juggling with academics and the thoughts of her baby's well-being through the day is an epic balancing art she has seemingly mastered.  In school, I purely concentrate on academics. You know it's hard, right! In the evenings, it's purely mum-child moment  I'd rather spend the whole evening calling my mum to know how the day was for my angel than engaging in nonsensical issues ,  a cautious Patricia adds that she has since reconsidered the kind of friends within her circle. READ ALSO: Housemaid tales: The good, bad and ugly of housekeeping in Nairobi On grounds of Not two wrongs make a right, unlike most girls who when befell with desperate situations, desperate solutions come in handy, Patricia resolved to walk the otherwise tricky space. Most of my friends were for the idea that I abort but I did not, she adds that they were even willing to support her financially. In what she recounts as having to hoodwink her parents, accepting the fact of being paged and the fateful path of eventually being a campus mum was never easy.  It was distressing to break this heavy message to my parents, stated Patricia. She later confided in her mum who has since provided emotional, financial least to say psychological support, thanks to her profession. Patricia says that her mum is a teacher and a part-time counsellor. I am sincerely grateful to my mum, Patricia appreciates. Two years into college life, Patricia found out she was pregnant; an experience she says changed her perspective of life. On whether the reality of things and her ambitions still marry her debut aspiration when she joined campus, Patricia has reaffirmed that she's more focused than she has ever been.  Being a mum while still in college has widened my understanding of the world. In fact, during the recess, I interned at various media houses. I now understand what my career entails, a resolute Patricia tells. Victor Rono, third-year student Victor is a third-year journalism student and a good humoured young adult who wears his jolly disposition like a hat of honour. He likes telling African stories to Africa and beyond since childhood. Joining Moi University, he says,  was an immense nostalgia veiled in excess euphoria. On one hand, it's gratifying; on the other, a difficult, a demanding and a scary endeavour  the thoughts of delving into a crowded career upon certification, not so formidable a thing to keep in your mind. Like in tendering, journalism is for the best in the art. How Victor braces himself: Even as a first year, I was already blogging. Buying a professional camera sometime last year was just accelerated by the urge to tell stories better. To this point, some already referred to me as the CNN guy. It's a wonderful thing, it always got my ambition enlivened, narrates Victor. Victor has since Vlogged 22 stories on his YouTube channel called YouthBase.  If by earthly standards, just as it were in the Israelites exodus era, asking and believing were enough then by now I would have been a CNN correspondent based in Africa, an enthusiastic Victor continues to narrate. READ ALSO: Confessions of a 20 something year old Kenyan man trying to find himself While Moi Varsity, got a history of sending/giving its students on long holidays and the lecturers not any different from any other in the public University within the republic, Victor says that the breathers are good enough to build an individual with the an appetite for greater ambitions beyond mediocre feat. To him, the satisfaction derived from studying a career one is passionate about is not equational. Theres no better ingredient to the greatness bestowed on me by the Providence than being in a journalism class, says an ambitious Victor. Victor who subscribes to the ideology of telling African stories the African way says the art of storytelling ought to be nurtured at earlier stages. He prides himself with having known his calling long while still in secondary school. Having the right vision from when one steps into campus keeps them from deviating from their ultimate goal, Victor says. Omath Oketch, recent graduate Thrilling, overwhelming, exhilarating and a dream come true! Such were the feelings when Omath first set his foot on campus soil. His maiden trip to Moi University is one he fancies recollecting.  While at high school, campus sounded like this land full of honey and milk  worse beer, which your results slip, was the only ticket, as a result, I had a hankering for joining campus especially after four years of pure struggle at secondary school. As well, my erstwhile classmates were apparently ripping big from their passions. By joining campus I also had an opportunity to set the world ablaze I needed to set the ball rolling as soon I'm at the institution of higher learning says Omath. READ ALSO: Crazy me! Things you do NOT say in a job interview, but I intentionally do He noted after some time, the anxiety faded away as the realism dawned.  You realize that you either choose to drown for four years or swim in the pool with others, he narrates. In a field he was never buoyant of pursuing, Omath, now an alumnus of Moi University, says the decision to quit the love for legal studies was influenced by his friends. He then plunged wholesomely into journalism  an endeavour he finds rewarding.  I practised it daily  I still do. It gives one a platform to relate what they study to what they do, he adds,  it's the only course that you get to practice what one is taught in real time as such, you master the art of storytelling before you get certified. READ ALSO: Ritesh Barot Kenya's tallest man with a golden heart and gifted painting hand I was a writer with the Communicator since 2014 then Editor in chief from January to September 2016, he says adding that being in a university can either make or destroy someone. As soon as the actuality strike, the boredom sets in and the once anxious soul finds itself engulfed in the incredible tempest of financial constraints of college life, the tedium of lack of fulfilment from the course and a dead end of enthusiasm dryness, one then becomes reckless with their lives in campus.  According to him, being a campuser is the toughest test of all time. If one weathers it, then they can survive anywhere. He adds: at this moment, a comrade may find himself wallowing in the wildest of thoughts; being a sluggish student whom academics is not a concern anymore, settling for drug abuse worse even is when one gets dragged into boozehound. When I left the lecture room never to return, I was confident that I am a better, more productive and a resourceful citizen  Omath Oketch. Others choose to gallivant but for him, he began blogging to help him while away his lazy moments. He could write for the big fish, in the media industry as early as second year. Later, the newfound quest for videography and production that whetted his desire to own a camera  so that he can manage his productions without relying on someone who more often than not, tend to disappoint. There is a thin line between free time and leisure moments particularly to a college student and, how Omath managed his time; he tells that peer pressure can dupe an individual into engaging into atrocities that ruin the entire student-college stay.  If not well used (leisure time), it can divert into total rue and can of worms. There's need to be careful with your life in college, he cautions. He says, weekends are the best time to use; for personal gains. READ ALSO: Diary of a Kenyan Uber driver: You can't

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