From meeting new people to gaining administrative, creative and leadership experience, joining student clubs and societies can set you on the path of success.
During the Clubs and Society Awareness Day held at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, urged students to grab opportunities available in the clubs and societies to enrich their experiences and improve their professional skills, which employers seriously value and can help secure exciting opportunities later in life.
She further urged new students to be proactive in extra-curricular activities and invest their time in clubs and societies in order to develop their raw talent instead of engaging in vices such as drugs that could easily compromise their academic and social development.
“Invest your time in clubs and societies to develop your skills beyond the classrooms instead of engaging in drugs. A dull mind is very susceptible to mischief,” said, Prof. Ngumi.
While encouraging students to work hard in their studies, Prof. Ngumi prevailed upon students to draw an inspiration from what was witnessed in the last Mashujaa Day celebrations “when His Excellency the President of Kenya recognized our very own Michael Mwaisakenyi and Kenneth Gichira who invented the Weeding Robot.”
The Vice Chancellor expressed satisfaction over the cautious nature the students have conducted themselves while in session while observing the Covid-19 rules and regulations put in place by the university to prevent the spread of the pandemic.
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Bernard Ikua commended the clubs and societies for the positive impact they have had not only to the University but also the society. He singled out the Christian Union membership for going out of their way to build magnificent classrooms during an evangelical outreach mission in Kasiluni, Kitui County in 2019.
On his part, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua, congratulated the students for electing proactive individuals into leadership positions noting, he has been impressed by their level of maturity during engagement forums between the students representatives and the University administration.
He urged students to maintain social distance and avoid public places in order to avoid unnecessary risks which can lead to the spread of Covid-19.
The University Club’s Coordinator, Mr. Daniel Salonik was delighted by the degree of commitment shown by clubs in complying with the University’s statues governing the registration of clubs and societies.
He encouraged more students to join club activities after lectures to break the monotony of classroom studies and improve their productivity and personal development.
Those who addressed students included; Deputy Dean of Students, Dr. Fridah Wanzala, Dr. Roseline Mangi’ra who spoke on behalf of patrons of clubs, Jomo Kenyatta University Students Association (JKUSA) President Abdulahi Somo and JKUSA, Academic Secretary William Onkoba who was the lead organizer of the event.