Try to imagine a young engineer; he lives in theoutskirts of Kampala; he likes reading a book in a silent corner and enjoysSci-Fi movies; he attended underfunded schools, where teachers who would rathernot be there, taught kids who really didn’t care; he grew up with a single father,who you could tell from his sunken eyes that is too weary from raising an HIVpositive child that is still considered a menace to community. He wishes to useacademic excellence as a platform to encourage people like him to know thatthey can make it in life. So does he deserve the Vice-Chancellor’s ExcellenceScholarship? If your answer was ‘No’, allow me to change your mind.
When my father’s relatives learnt that his wife (mymother) had succumbed to HIV, they pressured him to withdraw me from school,relocate to our ancestral home and live out the “remaining days of our lives”since they considered it a waste of resources to educate someone who could dieany time soon. My father made it clear that it was my human right to beeducated in order to grantee me choices in life and I vowed to never let himdown. My career aspirations are still my childhood dreams.
I already set thebar high right from my childhood; I intend to live an extraordinary life, alife of inspiration. After attaining my master’s degree and gaining moreyears of professional experience, I plan on starting an engineering consultancyfirm whose objectives will include giving opportunity to the less privileged interms of internships and professional trainings. Relative success of the social impact movement todayis largely attributed to career success. If children living with HIV know thatthey have as much of a chance at career success as any other healthy person,they will start getting more creative which could trigger economic growth inways we could have never imagined. My long-term professional goal is to becomea professor of engineering so that I can mentor and train the next generationof Ugandans to sustain the technological advancements in our country. I’vealways wanted to be an educator since I was a young kid. Writing, creating anargument and sharing experiences are things that interest me. When the time isappropriate, I look forward to incorporating education into my practice.
I have learnt so much about myself and my limits inthe past 3 years of my professional experience which I believe has made me abetter student. I have learnt to see the world from many angles and differentpoints of view. I have gained knowledge and life lessons from desperate peopleand places and those lessons have shaped the way I perceive the world.
Theseexperiences have been very exciting, and I could bring them to my graduateclass.I honestly appreciate the committee’s time inevaluating my application and giving me a chance to tell my story.