Generally, I find that our teachers are very strict with the assignments but I see it as a good thing as everything is compiled and added in our end of semester exams. This means that we have to work hard and also attend as many lessons as possible as failure to do so and to do assignments can cause expulsion from school.
The school also initiates other activities for us such as sessions with motivational speakers and counselors as well as trips and excursions. These are part of coursework for all students and failure to attend any activities or trips also mean that you might not get to complete your course and graduate.
This month, we had December holiday and to make sure we stay focused on school during this period, the teachers provided us with many assignments to finish. I will be back in school to start the new semester on January 3 and finish my Artisan course on March 27. The plan after this is first to enjoy a long holiday break and then I will join my certificate course in July.
Generally, I am grateful to be enrolled in school. Other people my age have very different destinies – some have had children at an early age, others have married very young and others end up as criminals. There is a saying that goes “an idle mind is the devils workshop” and I see why. It seems to me that many youth nowadays are idle and end up with a drug abuse among other vices, which can lead some to commit suicide because they lose hope in their life.
As Kibera is clearly not the safest place to have an idle mind, I am very happy I got the opportunity to go to school and that I have my future in my own hands. I look forward to finishing school and I want to find a good job for myself – sometimes I even dream of starting my own business and be the boss. But right now, my ambition is to get a job and earn money so I can take my siblings to school and build a house for my parents.
In relation to spare time activities, this month has been great since I had the chance to spend more time with my fellow members of Psychosocial Support because the school was closed for Christmas holiday. We have played handball almost every evening and have spent time on making beads such as bands and necklaces.
I am still exercising each morning to stay fit and typically, I vary between jogging and walking long distances instead of taking a bus.
Overall, I would say that I am feeling good. In terms of private life, December has been fantastic since the holiday from school made it possible to go and visit parts of my family that I had not seen for a long time. We travelled from our home to the natives where my grandmother lives together with our aunts and cousins. It was a lot of fun to see them and celebrate Christmas and New Year's Eve together.
Speaking of New Year, I made some resolutions for 2019, and I would like to tell you about them here. I want to start doing some things differently, and I have decided that I want to do much more revision than ever and also, I want to engage in other activities such as visiting the orphans and sharing with them like a lot of my friends also do.