SCIT Orients First-year Students

Dr. Agnes Mindila speaking to the SCIT first year students

The School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT) in the College of Pure and Applied Sciences (COPAS) at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) held an orientation for its first-year students on September 13, 2021.

This was in an effort to familiarize the students with the faculty and to give them general tips and guidelines of having a productive stay at JKUAT. The process was also meant to inform the students of the different opportunities available in the school.

Prof. Thuku Thiong’o, Principal COPAS welcomed the students and urged them to be eager to learn and acquire information.

 “Priorities your studies and have intrinsic drive and motivation to acquire knowledge in and out of the classroom. This will guarantee that you are successful in your academic journey,” Prof. Thiong’o said.

On her part, the SCIT Director Dr. Agnes Mindila commended the freshmen for being among the best students in the country and acquiring a chance to pursue the various course offered in the schools. She also informed the students that they too had a chance to join the public, private and international sectors in the job market just like many graduates before them.

“The school is endowed with credible, capable and competent staff members that are ready to lead you to academic excellence. The staff are also a great support system willing to guide you when faced with challenges,” Dr. Mindila added.

Also speaking during the orientation was Mary Mugane, the school’s counsellor who urged the students to be ware and take care of their mental wellness. She also urged them not to shy away from seeking guidance and counseling.

“Mental health is crucial in enabling one to concentrate in their school work. It is thus important that as you continue studying, be mindful of what you allow into your mental space. Fill your mind and time with healthy and productive interactions that will build your mind and soul,” Ms. Mugane emphasized.

Espher Kiplangat, a first-year student pursuing Computer Technology, expressed his eagerness to acquire knowledge that he was most passionate about.

“I have always had a keen interest in technology, I am hopeful that I will be able to use the knowledge gained to solve different challenges affecting my community,” he remarked.

Glory Muringe, the SCIT representative at Jomo Kenyatta University Student Association, offered invaluable peer advise to the first-years. She encouraged them to put their energy into both school and co-curricular activities in order to become all-rounded students.

“There are many clubs and societies that are within the school. They not only provide you with a chance to learn from your peers but also a great opportunity to build on one’s social skills,” Muringe explained.

Gabriella Muthoni, also a first-year pursuing Computer Technology, explained that she was delighted to be in JKUAT and ready to put in the effort needed in order to be an exemplary student.

“I am happy with the hospitality shown by the university. I also appreciate the diversity of culture, personalities and ideas and looking forward to learn from both the lecturers and my peers,” Ms. Muthoni explained.

The SCIT first-year students actively involved during the orientation

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