New students admitted at Jomo Kenyatta University of agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) have been urged to stay focused on their academic life and stay away from vices such as drug abuse and sexual immorality that could derail their academic progression.
While welcoming them to the University Thursday, September 5, 2019, JKUAT, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, urged them not to get too comfortable and relaxed, but instead remain focused and steadfast in pursuing what brought them to the University. She said ‘imaginary freedom’ and starting to experiment in all forms of behaviors with the aim of satisfying their curiosity was distractive and would not add value to their lives in the long run.
“I know most of you after leaving your families behind, may want to assume some ‘imaginary freedom’ and indulge in all forms of experiments. I urge you to remain focused and avoid anything that could derail you from what brought you here,” said Prof. Ngumi
She reaffirmed that all students were required to undertake a mandatory HIV/AIDS unit alongside their degrees, a move she said, was meant to create awareness on the epidemic that had been found to mostly affect the youth between the ages of 18-24 years.
While urging the new students to visit the University’s Voluntary Counselling and Testing Centre, Prof. Ngumi advised them to always seek help from the University Counselors whenever they were faced with any form of difficulties, not only in academics but across all aspects of their lives.
She further reminded the students to explore their talents and participate in other co-curricular activities to fully exploit their capabilities attributing academic excellence to both physical and mental well-being.
Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua urged the new students not to take for granted the new found freedom but instead be responsible and drive their own destinies.
Prof. Kinyua advised the students to take advantage of the electronic books available in the University library to enrich their knowledge rather than waste time on non-constructive searches on the internet.
He urged the students to shun negative ethnicity by dispelling negative stereotypes and personal biases about different groups.
Prof. Kinyua advised the students to acquaint themselves with University rules and regulations while also making references to University policies to meet all their obligations
Jomo Kenyatta Students Association, Chairman, Clinton Osoro, pledged his support to the new students stating that his office was always open for consultation in cases of any need.
The Chairman lauded the students for choosing JKUAT saying it was the right place for focused students who were seeking growth in all aspects of academic and personal lives. He invited the students to apply for bursaries offered by the students’ body, JKUSA.
Other speakers during the function were Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Mary Abukutsa who invited the students to take interest research and innovation activities, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Finance, Prof. Otoki Moirongo, who advised the students on the importance of financial management in university life, and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, Prof. Bernard Ikua, who informed the students about the role his office plays in staff welfare and students support.