Hello Wild Ones🌷🌷🌷,
I hope you are keeping safe and loving on yourself. I hope you have included self-care in your routine. I am currently full of hope and grace.
So school is only one month away and I am already tired of the zoom classes and online assignments(yes, I can smell the stench of privilege in my complain). I am currently tired of school and especially because my course is mostly a practical but with covid 19, I haven’t been doing much. So I decided to write about why I chose this course and may be I will get myself hyped for school.
In high school, I was sure that I was going to study a science-related course. I was obsessed with the idea of being able to create and fix and science seemed to offer that for me. I remember I always had the weirdest science projects running in my head in fact I have science project certificates to show for it. I probably would have invented or in process of inventing something if the world had allowed to pursue mechanical engineering. Point is I never pictured myself in a class learning about cash flow statements or target market. This is probably why I am always ready to see the look of horror or confusion on people’s faces when I say that I am an entrepreneurship student.
Before joining African Leadership University (ALU), I was a student at the University of Nairobi hoping to double in major in literature and performing arts. All I knew then was that I wanted to write scripts and make movies (may be I will one day). I remember the amount of questions I had to answer everytime someone was interested in what I was studying. What kind of job are you going to do? Do you see how broke Kenyan Actors are? Do you think your book is going to sell immediately? I was a girl with a dream and a passion but somewhere in between these questions, the university striking all the time, watching people graduate and be jobless with huge helb loans, and me just being a worrier, I decided to start looking for others options.
I discovered ALU from a friend and when I went to one of the marketing meetings, I fell in love with the school (my school has really good marketing skills look them up on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube). My school offers a hands-on entrepreneurship program that expects you to create a business and run it while applying the things you learn in class and getting advice from your facilitator on your business. (This feels like I am marketing my school😹😹) (This also reminds me that my school currently has this free online course for entrepreneurs- Venture by ALU, check it out.) I decided that I was going to study entrepreneurship so I deferred at UoN and left for Rwanda. So what exactly led me to go:
- Being my own boss- I don’t really enjoy taking orders and I love to be in control. I am often said to be bossy. It’s just my personality. So naturally, I would want this.
- Taking a risk– The idea of approaching people and trying to convince them to buy my products is scary because I am an introvert. The idea of pushing myself to do this made me feel like I was going to grow so much and in that moment after so many UoN strikes,I needed to feel that my life was headed somewhere. So I took the leap!
- Employment– I have watched very many people graduate and not get jobs after university. I just don’t want to find myself waiting on someone to employ me. I just want to finish school and go start a business. And yes, it’s not easy.
- Ability to create – I have always loved creating and fixing stuff and since entrepreneurship is all about solving problems, I sometimes feel like I have found my calling. I also love the flexibility that this sort career path offers me too, I could literally into any industry and make money.
Let me know which reason resonates with you. Would you be an entrepreneur? And why??
Ps. I actually also started this blog because I want to document my entrepreneurship journey. I suspect I will wind up being super rich so why not make sure people see the journey! And yeah I know I have barely posted anything about entrepreneurship🙈
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With loooove and grace,