ILLINOIS - Computer Science is among the courses taught in Kenyan educational institutions today. Many Kenyan IT enthusiasts throng colleges and universities to take up this course. But for one daring Kenyan, this is new to him as he flew many miles out of the country to study Computer Science in the United States.
His humble background notwithstanding, Timothy Mwiti is living his dream. To become a software engineer in the future. So why did he opt to study at North Western University in Illinois State?
During our quest to find out more about Timothy Mwiti’s success, we discovered that he not only excelled in academics, but also in extra curricula works. He sat his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination at Burieruri Boys Secondary School in Maua, Meru County and emerged the best student from Igembe South in 2012.
Timothy was sponsored to Northwestern University by Equity Group. And now he feels at home, far away from home.
“I have met a couple of Computer Science students from JKUAT, and I must say Kenyans are very innovative." Timothy said. "There is not much difference between them and those that I collaborate with here."
"However, in Kenya, you find a computer science graduate seated at home waiting for a miracle to happen when you have in your hand a tool you can use to better yourself."
Timothy’s father is a medical doctor in Maua, Meru County while his mother is a teacher. The family said they are proud of their son for being a role model to his siblings, for remaining focused and for making them proud each and every day.
Timothy added that he had an easy time growing into the system since he was well received by fellow Kenyans studying at the university. They all agree that Timothy is a hard worker and positive influencer to hang around.
By the end of the day, Timothy just like everyone else, agrees that East or West, home is best. He says, in 8 years’ time, he would like to return home and use what he learnt abroad to develop his fellow countrymen.
Watch his inspiring interview in the video attached.
Lavender Amunga contributed to this article.