My Bittersweet Journey as an Environmental Conservationist
I was almost getting depressed after I received the sms on the course I was to study at the University. More depressing was the fact that it was kenyatta University.. I had chosen the course myself and the University was my choice ever since. It’s just that some people made me feel bad about this. I immediately knew my life was a mess hence forth
I am not this kind of passionate people but I knew I wanted something to do with environment ever since. I just had no idea how to put the words together and explain myself. I covered up for myself saying I wanted to be a doctor, honesty I never dreamt of this. I cannot help the sight of blood!
Going through high school, I still had no idea of what I wanted in life. I took physics, thinking I would probably venture into engineering. I ha no passion, nothing really to do with engineering. I remember once I visited a doctor backiin primary school and he suggested that I should do something to do with rocket science since I had passed highly in my KCPE.Rocket Science, you heard me. Weird right?
I love mathematics ever since I started playing with arithmetic . A friend back in high school suggested that I should try doing economics. I thought this was a really great idea. But I only viewed economists as people who sit down in the offices all day long. Melodious Nyanchama don’t kill me haha. This is not what I wanted. I love nature, I love interaction and I love exploration.
I applied for economics and later changed to environmental resource conservation. I was just choosing any environmental course, ofcouse at the University of my choice, kenyatta University
Stress levels increased, of cause people thought it’s just a minor course and my parents were stressed up too..If you talk of environment, people think of trees and trees. Are you going to plant trees all your life? Where are you going to get that job anyway? You better change that course to something like Commerce. Yes people talked. Some said I should have tried being a doctor since I’m quiet type but that wasn’t my passion. This is the struggle of living in a generation where courses like education, commerce, economics, engineering and medicine are the topic of the days and times
Some said I should have tried education because it’s a sure bet if job. I was a confused spirit over the first two weeks in campus. I remember how people ran up and down over the streets of Kenyatta University, dropping letters requesting to change their courses. I was even amazed that some actually joined my class. Later asked they said they were driven by passion.
Meeting new people in the University, they still made me feel that I was on the wrong path with my environmental career, stating how we would remain jobless forever. What?
My first lecture was my best. The lecture knew this struggle so she brought someone to talk to us. This talk acted as a therapy to many of us who were suffering silently. That evening I completely made up my mind. The rest of my campus life was the best ever, learning and scovering more than I could fathom.
Passion is better than anything. I wasn’t going to change my course. I decided to pursue my journey of being a conservationist. I met more than just what people thought as planting trees. I met life, abundant life.
Apart from this, Kenyatta University was my home. I found friends, real friends and I found life.
Today I am proud I chose my life, my interest, my passion and my destiny. If you ask me today if I will plant trees all my life I will proudly say yes. I might be jobless now, even forever but I will not stop being an environmentalist and a conservationist because job didn’t put me here. Passion brought me here.
Learn here about another entrepreneur’s journey- Dr. Jennifer Bernstein