Why I chose to take entrepreneurship

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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Jackie

26 Comments Add yours

  1. Being your own boss stood out for me, it’s like you knew what you really wanted and you dived right in. And the fact that you were ready to take that risk, that is just on another level. 🥰🥰

    1. Msdedeng says:

      I honestly think it is the way forward.

    2. jackie says:

      Thank you Ythera

  2. Msdedeng says:

    I did not know this side of you, wow! But I see the side of you that will go places 🙂
    So now you are in Rwanda?

    1. jackie says:

      Thank you.

      I left Rwanda before the lockdown.

      1. Msdedeng says:

        You are so mobile girl, good for you.

  3. ALU was my dream University too when I completed high school which was pretty recently …but I didn’t even finish my application because of corona 😭😭

    1. jackie says:

      Well, you can always apply next year. 💛 💛

    2. jackie says:

      I would really love to have you in my school 💛 💛

  4. Shan❤ says:

    Being own boss…that got me
    And you explained it so well that I was like..this is just it!!!! Baby girl you got this..so be rich you take me to Paris😂😂😂( just kidding) anyway thats really ambitious of you and it good you’re making it as early as now..and if I’d be an enterpernuer**I don’t have an autocorrect😩😪..uuum I would have tried if my passion wasn’t somewhere else

    1. jackie says:

      Yes, we go to Paris then blog about going to Paris on a budget💛 💛 What’s your passion?

      1. Shan❤ says:

        Aviation and physics oriented..thats where my passion is

        1. jackie says:

          Eiiiiy 💛 💛 💛

          1. Shan❤ says:

            😌😌❤

            1. That look tho😂😂its like your saying ‘mhm mhm i surprise even myself’😂😂I love thaat😂

              1. jackie says:

                😂😂😂

              2. Just shan says:

                Nkt😹😹😹😹😹

      2. Shan❤ says:

        Yessssss 😍💃🏻💃🏻
        That would be awesome

  5. Mw3ma says:

    Your school should give you a commission for marketing it, at some point this pieces looked like a marinated Ad 😂

    1. jackie says:

      They should😂😂😂

  6. Mw3ma says:

    Oh, and I hope I’ll get to be a screenwriter too. We share that.

    1. jackie says:

      Eiiiy 💛 💛 💛

    2. You two will definitely make it🤲🏽And no not just as ur biggest fans😂😂I really see the potential and talent

      1. jackie says:

        Thank you💕💕💕

  7. joycengugi says:

    Eeey 💪🏽💯… This was educational.. So.. Among your reasons. Employment stood out for me… I think that this is probably the future for many young people and I know you’ll make it in that field 💃💃💃.. Even in your deferred course.. (in Uon) .. I think you have potential (definitely so… From reading your work), 💪🏽🤗

    1. jackie says:

      This is so sweet. Thank you so much.

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