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Varsity welcomes new students to the College of Health Sciences

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The University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi has urged new students admitted to the College of Health Sciences to always have faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, saying there is nothing worthwhile that they cannot achieve if aforementioned are considered.

Speaking during his address to the students at Taifa Hall, Main Campus on October 25, 2018, Prof. Mbithi stressed on the need of discipline and hard work which he said leads to success.

“Have faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve. As a good student, once you have made a commitment to success, you need discipline and hard work to get you there. More often than not, winners embrace hard work and love the discipline. Start studying hard and be disciplined from this moment and let us meet at the Chancellors court in four years time to celebrate your success!” Prof. Mbithi said.

In addition, the Vice Chancellor urged the students to find a balance between studies and social life.

“I encourage you to actively participate in co-curricular activities. Co-curricular activities provide opportunities for character development. They are unique learning labs for valuable life lesson and universal values such as teamwork, sportsmanship, self-discipline and hard work. These are qualities that one needs if he or she is to become a responsible adult, a productive citizen and a skilled professional. You could also earn scholarships at the University through exemplary performance in co-curricular activities,” Prof. Mbithi said.

The VC also cautioned the students against the comrade crowd mentality urging them to be humble and avoid unhealthy habits and negative company.

“I would like to caution you against the comrade crowd mentality! If you blindly follow the crowd in the name of comradeship, you might get lost in it and God forbid you, you may find yourself into serious trouble. Be humble! identify and avoid unhealthy habits and negative company. Focus on spending more time and energy on  good causes  and  activities that generate positive energy. Make sure when you say "YES" to others, You are not saying "NO" to yourself,” the VC noted.

The students were called upon to take advantage of many opportunities that might come on their way during their stay at the University in order to achieve both personal and career growth.

“During your studentship at the University, you will also come across many opportunities for short term employment, online jobs, attachments, Volunteer service, scholarships, mentorships programs and student exchange opportunities abroad. Do not hesitate to exploit these abundant opportunities for both personal and career growth. Do it promptly because time utilization is what separates successful people from the rest of the group. As Lord Chesterfield said- “Take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves”.” Prof. Mbithi noted.

Present during the event were members of the university Executive Board and Deans and Directors from various Schools, Colleges and the Central Administration.

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