By Anne Otieno Achieng
College is about learning and creating experiences and long lasting relationships. During my fall semester or any other semesters, I have been involved in extracurricular activities while maintaining my academic standing. I attended to major conferences this semester. I was awarded the revered Grace Hopper Women in Computing Scholarship. The Conference brought about 25,000 women in computing in Orlando, Florida from all over the world. I met students who flew from Kenya and Uganda to attend the conference. Through this conference I was able to connect with women within the technology field and learn more about the challenges they face in the technology industry.
I have an interest in entrepreneurship and I was fortunate to attend Lean Start Up conference in San Francisco through Berea College’s career development grant. Attending this conference gave me the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally.
I am also the secretary for African Student Association. I help keep the organization notes and help in task management for different events. I was happy with the events we had this semester because it brought African Students together. We held discussions on current events such as the Xenophobia that was on going in South Africa. We also meet and cook African dishes which gives me an opportunity to feel at home.
Engaging in extracurricular activities requires a lot of time but I believe it essential it gives you a peace of mind away from books.