My Journey to MBA

So it has been exactly 4 years 3 months since I was admitted to start the MBA program at the University of Nairobi and guess what folks!!! I finally made it and graduated on the 21st of December 2018 during the 60th graduation ceremony.As you are guessing this duration of time was more than the amount of time one is expected to finish the program (2 years) and a tad bit more time than I took to complete my undergraduate at Strathmore University which took exactly four years.With this in mind I got asked all the time ‘unamaliza siku gani?’ or ‘hii degree haishi?’ (when are you completing the degree?). I started feeling like Reese Witherspoon in the movie ‘how do you know’. If you have not watched the movie its about a lady who has been in a high school baseball team for the longest time. She is now 30 and she refuses to leave the team. The difference was that in my case I wanted to leave as soon as possible but life’s circumstances and God’s plans had something different in store. So I told people to stop asking me and others I just ignored altogether and changed the topic because I sincerely did not have an answer for them. But I am thankful to all who stood with me . My friends and family fervently prayed with me and for this day to come and it has surely come to pass.Better late than never 🤗.

The Dream

I remember someone asking me when I was around 21 where I wanted to be in 5 years and my response was that I wanted to have attained my Masters degree by the time I was 25 and I was so sure of myself lol 😂 🙄. With this promise I decided to try my best to make this work. I graduated from Strathmore University in June 2014 and after one month my mum reminded me of my dream and I thought ,why not lets make this thing happen.  I Immediately started researching on the different universities offering MBA’s in Nairobi and I settled on the University of Nairobi because the pricing for the degree was favorable and I for-saw with the small salary I was getting at the time it would be the best fit as I could afford to pay for it as a self-sponsored student.

I went on and applied and about a month later I was accepted to the program. I was super excited and I celebrated on getting the news and my future was bright and I was ready to take the bull by the horns and realize my dream. Circumstances came in between and I was not able to start in September 2014 as anticipated and I started the degree later in in January 2015 and I was excited to get an education in a different school and environment that was the extreme opposite of my previous University life experience.

The Process

Working during the day and attending class during the night became my daily routine. Being new in the workforce ,which means trying as much as possible to prove yourself to your employer and at the same time trying to keep the balance of school and exams was not that easy. I remember missing one CAT because I was so caught up with work and I had deadlines to meet. On one hand, the employer expects one to put in overtime and school has its demands as well. There was one lecturer who never used to allow students in to his class after he came in to class. So if you came in and found him, you better just turn around and get the notes from others who were in class otherwise, he would thoroughly insult you in front of the whole class with no mercy. The same did not apply to him if he missed classes on his part of course 😆. Lecturer is king 🤴. 

So talking about the CAT that I missed due to work; at UON for this particular unit the CAT carried 50% of the marks and you cannot pass the unit if you don’t have the other 50%. So I went ahead and called the lecturer and asked him if he could give me and some other students  a make up CAT because most other lectures give the same when students miss a CAT due to work or other unavoidable circumstances . I tried to talk to him in a nice way requesting for a make up and he ended insulting and telling me never to call him again and that I should delete his number 😱.So with this, I was so dumbfounded largely attributed to the fact that I am a positive thinker and I always like to think the best of everyone. In this school, lecturers/supervisors have the last say. With this roadblock I decided to sit for the same unit again because in my mind I had no other choice. Later as I sat for the same unit again, faith kicked in and I decided to give one more try and consult the lecturer again after the 2 semesters of strike were over.I prayed and I decided to talk to him after one of the classes. I approached him and he went ahead to call me his daughter 🙄 and asked me what my issue was.I explained to him my predicament and the he went  like ‘why have you waited for so long I would have given you this make up test such a long time ago and I go like ????? I had tried and you insulted me and shushed me off!!!! anyway this is just what I said this in my head, I  thanked God and decided to move on with my life.

Of course in between the University went on strike and this sent me behind around 2 semesters. I am not sure if Iremember well what the strikes were about but I think it was something to do with lecturers striking and another time it had to do with students wanting a change in student council leadership which had nothing to do with the masters students but again 🤷🏾‍♀️.

Supervisor Drama

In June 2017 I had I was done with all of my units including the lecturer drama and I was ready to take on the project which was the last piece of the puzzle as written on it ‘partial fulfillment’ of the course.I was ready to put my all into it so that I would be able to graduate in December 2017. I paid the project fees and the drama began. A supervisor was allocated to me and I immediately not wanting to waste more time gave him a call and started engaging him on email.We made a one meeting progress then he went silent. This was already around August. I started panicking because i was like time is running out and graduation is around the corner.I gave him a few calls then one day he finally responded and told me that he was sick and could not continue supervising me anymore and I was like whaaatttt??? you cannot be serious. I know i was supposed to be considerate of him and think of his well being but at that time i just could not believe my bad lack. With this i was advised i needed to write to the dean for a change in supervisor and of course this process takes a bit of time.In around October another supervisor was allocated to me and I still had hope. I was like ‘its possible! its possible!’ 🙏🏾. The funny thing is this same supervisor was up and running supervising other students by the next semester and I was like really !!!! 😳.

I started meeting with the other supervisor who had to take time to understand what I was doing with the other supervisor. Of course this went all the way into December and with this the year was gone and so was the graduation. So I gave up the plans to God and told him may his will be done. Of course i did not know the million other little steps that I needed to take to actually get to the end. You had to go through another person called a moderator who when I called told me ‘call me when you have learnt how to speak proper English’ so I had to write another letter for change in moderator because I was just tired of all the drama,there was also a proposal presentation,project presentation and external examiner validation. Needless to say the bureaucracy is outstanding.

All this clearly took me a whole year but the experience is different for different people.Of course if graduation is not near the supervisors have no hurry to help you finish the project on time, this being the last step and all.

Clearing and Graduation 👩‍🎓

By the time I was receiving my document back from the external examiner, believe you me it was 2 weeks to graduation and there was no time to waste. How time flies 😵. The documents of course need to be bound in the university library and due to the large volumes received right before graduation, it took one week to get them back and it is part of the University clearing process so one cannot escape it.

So here we were E,C and I on a friday one week before graduation. E was an angel sent to me during the last days of project completion and clearing process. She was always keeping tabs and pushing me to ‘finish this thing!’.Fortunately we had the same supervisor so we did most of the final processes together and she kept telling me of the next steps to take at each point.We met at the UON towers elevator and she swore she knew me from class (even though I could sincerely not remember 🙈) and we hit it off immediately.Anyway getting back to the story, we had been trying to get hold of our supervisor since thursday that week but to no avail.She was not picking our calls nor was she responding to our texts. So we were like lets all call her a million times at the same time until she has no choice but to answer. She did answer but only E was able to get her to sign her document on that Friday. C and I now were left to battle another day.

If I had not explained earlier the supervisor has to sign the bound project before the clearing process begins. So with that one signature, one person can seal your fate or vice versa.During the next three days until Monday at around 2pm when the lecturer had to be called by the admin to show up, she had completely ignored our calls and texts where we had pleaded with her to even go wherever she was. There were other students who had to actually fly to Kisumu, Mombasa and Machakos to get that one signature 😳 so I guess my case was not that bad off 😜. On Monday we got the coveted signature and everyone was too mad to even say more to her and we were immediately on our way to get another signature form a person called the ‘coordinator’ 🤦🏾‍♀️.

To make the long story short, there were two more days of enduring long queues and standing the whole day with no where to sit for the whole of Wednesday until I felt like my feet were going to fall off , right until the whole process was completed with acquiring the gowns that Wednesday evening. After this whole ordeal I did not bother to go for the rehearsals on Thursday as I was completely tired and out of it.

The icing on the cake was going for graduation where they called us out in terms of serial numbers. I think I fell in between serial 55 to 100.No individual name calling because of the large numbers.There are those who complained about it after. As for me I was just glad that it was all over.The untold price and hustle of getting an education. So when you see me smile and thanking God for reaching the end of the journey there is definitely a story of a lot of endurance and resilience.There is obviously a lot more that I have not put in here but I was like hey! let me share half the story.

So congratulations to #uonmbaclassof2018 I am sure each of us has their own story but the bottom line is we all deserved to be awarded that degree as it did not come easy.

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Love and Love

K.

 

Learning Lessons and Growing up

Don’t we all miss when we were small and didn’t have to worry about a thing? Especially when you are a toddler . When you cry you are cuddled and even sang for, so that you sleep, or are given food so that you can eat.

Its been a while since i wrote anything. Actually i haven’t shared anything since 2014 !!Just realized that 😩 . But i always want to write something real from my heart and not just posting anything because i have to. Its been quite a roller coaster year. I have experienced so much that it seems like i have experienced a lot !!!! Running up and down,laughing and crying , Loving and fighting, praying and doubting. Quite a whirlwind of emotions.But this i will not share now. I will share this later on ……So watch out for it 🤗.

When we were young we really wanted to grow up. So that we can have a bit of more freedom. So that we can work and look classy like the ladies we see on television, and also get money and buy stuff for ourselves that we felt our parents were unfair not to buy for us. Then when we grow up and get our freedom, we start wishing we were young again and that everything was being provided for us as before because again we cannot handle what we wanted in the first place. So ironical of us human beings.

In a time and  where everyone seems perfect but you , It is actually difficult to want to grow up. Where when you go social media , everyone is making it and having a ball. Then you look at yourself and wonder, so now. I decided to write this as i know many people are going through this but no one to share to because they feel like no one can relate. The truth is everyone has different seasons and different times. This is to allow for growth and maturity. Other people go through these two faster and others slower.So it is good to wait for your time will come. I am learning and am still learning that as one grows up there are difficult decisions that one has to make. Some you absolutely did not want to make, but it is a responsibility that you have and if you do not make it….well no one else will , because it is your life. You have to move because you cannot stand at the same spot forever.

So as much as we want to look perfect and all dolled up as one grows up, sometimes life gets messy and you you dont know where to turn. As always we know that God is the only place we can run to, to find our perfection. The sooner we realize this, the better for us , for if we take so long the harder it will be for us to get to God’s desired destination.

So remember that there is a time for everything and everyone’s timing is different.

Love ,

K

My 2014:Of God’s Faithfulness

It’s funny how God works .He is the indescribable and unexaplainable God.That is why i call him The Amazing God ,Incredible God ,The one whom i don’t even have enough words to call ,explain or describe .I like photos lol  :p  and so my blog will be full of them …BEWARE !!! 😀

This year began with shishi and i being stuck in a train from mombasa .It was the most hilarious experience ever.We spent our 31st into 1st in a train.Imagine that !!!!Now i can laugh about it but at the time, it was quite something else.Those stories we wrote about in compositions(“the day i will never forget “) kind of thing.It was one of the longest two days i have ever experienced -just from mombasa to nairobi.

But now i am glad that i went through it  , i got to see another side of life that i would in many cases, not have seen .And so i thank God for that experience 🙂

Tables turned this year and God blessed us and we flew to dubai.With family.Such a beautiful country that i fell in love with in a week.Just a few mind blowing details that i learnt when i was there.Check this :
1.It is an offence to have a dirty car, you can be jailed so all cars are clean .
2.You can only keep your car for a maximum of 5years so all cars are sparkling new .
3.Fuel is cheaper than water in the country.
4.The whole city is tarmacked there is no dirt/soil unless you are going for the desert drive/safari .
5.It is a crimeless country coz fines for crime are too high.You can even be thrown out of the country for a simple crime.
So i have many but i will just list these ones .See me on the side for more Hehehe .

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This is the desert safari a beautiful adventure .

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Burj Khalifa…tallest building in the world…and the rest of the beautiful sceneries.I don’t want to bore you with too much hullabaloo and gory details.So just take a peek for yourself .

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Le Marina

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In my tembea kenya quest i got to visit lake naivasha,mombasa and paradise lost.

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That is me trying to be a tourist and i feel very accomplished 😀 but there is definitely a next year for more touring.Jesus speed.

Then there was finishing university.It is a very exciting moment but one thing my boss told me ,is that he pities graduates when they graduate .Not many people prepare you for the odds .There is the percentage that gets jobs immediately and those that take a whileafter to do so .Everyone hopes for the former but i fell in the latter .It’s hard because there is so much pressure from friends and mostly family .I was home for months and months.This year i actually learnt the power of prayer and fasting more than i had before.I thus took into prayer and told God i will give a testimony once he blesses me in this regard …so here i go jesus.I bow down in adoration and say thank you :).

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The truth is my whole year was not full of highs…there were definitely lows.But i chose to focus on God’s faithfulness because he truly has been and i believe He will continue to be so.There are times i cried ,times i felt like giving up ,times i was clueless on what was going to happen and even times i thought God had completely forgotten about me.There are times that dreams i had did not flourish but all in all God’s grace is sufficient.:)

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So this also happened…i know by now you are thinking heh !!!”This her year hasn’t ended!! “lol …relax am almost done 🙂 😀

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Last but not least i am thankful that i Got to release my first song and video 🙂 I bless the Lord.You can watch it Here. for those who missed it.
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Isaiah 65:24- Before they call I will answer;while they are still speaking I will hear.

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xoxo ,

Karen Kadasiah

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Love is always the answer to all life’s questions

Karen Kadasiah-Nitakuabudu(I will praise you) Lyrics

I finally got to do a song after so long.God Is faithful.I had tried doing another one but it did not work out and i believe it is God’s doing.Because what He considers good and perfect, is what He lets win.This is a very special song to me.A song that came from my heart.For the far that God has brought me.He has given me much and has seen me through the toughest times in my life.

This song is a testimony to me.Many said i would not make it but God had a different plan for me.Not what others said, but what He says.It would be selfish of me not to share this with everyone.That is why and how “I will praise you (Nitakuabudu) came about.

You can listen to the song Here. I hope you will be blessed and you can share it .Thanks.

Aaaa

Aaaa(Hallelujah) *2

Amen.

Verse 1

Bwana Mungu,Ni jua na ngao.

Yeye atupa baraka.

Hakuna Jambo Zuri

Anayozuia kwa wana wake,

Wanaotembea bila lawama.

Yeye,,,ni mkuu.

Yeye ni muweza.

Ndio maana namsifu.

Chorus

Kwa moyo wangu wote mimi,*3

Nitakuabudu *2

Verse 2

Wewe bwana Mungu

Kimbilio Langu

Mtukufu,kiongozi wangu *2

Milele nitakuabudu

Milele milele,nitakutukuza,

Wewe mfariji wangu,

Ndio maana namsifu.

Chorus

Bridge

I will praise you ,with my heart..

I will praise you with my soul

I will praise you,Lord i praise you…

For who you are …for who you are….

Chorus.

Aaaa

Aaaa(Hallelujah) *2

Amen.

Feel free to share and give your feedback.

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xoxo ,

Karen Kadasiah.

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Love is always the answer to all life’s questions.

 

 

For The Ladies.

Dear ladies ,

I usually share once in a while when i feel inspired so here we go.Advice for those who are single and those who are in relationships 🙂 I am not married so no experience there :p .

There are eunuchs mentioned by Paul in matthew who choose to remain single which is ok as God allows it but make sure it is a calling .He goes on to advice that if you are burning and cannot handle single hood  then you should get married.

For the singles.
1.Be patient .
When i was single i was very impatient .Anxious to get in a relationship .Especially when everyone else seems happy and you are always the third wheel.Many years later i have a different perspective and a different way of thinking .Enjoy your single hood.Broaden your friendship arena .Mingle as much as possible and have fun with friends and family .This will help when you are choosing your partner because a chosen partner is mostly from your friends circles.And a friend who becomes a partner is much easier to deal with since you know each other so well .Most importantly build your relationship with God.Let it root in so deep so it can can overflow later on when you enter a relationship.Do not rush into anything but seek God to provide you with the right partner.As a lady go out with your friends as much as possible because once “he” comes along there won’t be as much time for this.Also you won’t have any regrets later thinking you should have done this or you should have done that (all in the Lord ).But you will be content and ready once you enter into a relationship .

2.Relationships are not what we see in soap operas or fairy tails.
I was a fun of soap operas since i was very young .I am also such a romantic (don’t judge ).This fact messed a bit with my thoughts on relationships.That i will get a perfect man like prince charming and we will live happily ever after.Mind you i was not perfect and i still am not but i was very ambitious .As i have grown i have gotten to learn several things.One of them is that just because he comes from a rich family it doesn’t mean he will also be rich or that you will be rich forever and vice versa.It better to look at a man’s potential and most importantly ask God on the same .If you cannot handle his background from your heart of hearts ,it is better to walk away before it goes any further.In few instances you get a ready made man(very few )God fearing ,gentleman ,intelligent ,wise,well groomed ,charming ,thoughtful ……the list is endless i cannot name all of them here.Now the truth is no such man exists…..bummer huh !oh well there is hope.They can become most of these things but not all overtime .Most men need help and support from their significant other to achieve all these things through God’s help and that is why (no offence )most women admire married men because they have kind of reached a certain level .So now you know they did not come that way ,as in ready made……they got help from their wives .So do your own helping.

3.Prepare Yourself .
Before engaging in a relationship or as you think of entering into one there are certain things one needs to think about and i love sharing this with people because no one ever did this for me.If you enter into a relationship now, are you ready  to get married next year ?This is because the main purpose of any relationship should be to lead to marriage.If one dates for long it’s risky as there are temptations which could lead to sin and also many people end up breaking up as it is also a bit tiring.That is why you hear people broke up after five years and it’s so  shocking.Read books,get advice froim those who have been there ,pray about it before you enter into any relationship that you may not be surprised or clueless when you enter into a relationship .

For those in relationships .
1.Be open talk to your significant other.
It’s important to take time and talk to each other.Get to take some time to catch a breath and discuss where you are dissatisfied with each other and see how you can work about it.Also take time to list what you appreciate about each other as these two steps help strengthen the friendship/relationship.As an individual tell the other everything and once they see this they will slowly start opening up.God is fair and if you hide things the other person will also hide.Develop this from an early stage so that it doesn’t not develop into a problem .

2.It doesn’t mean if he is a christian his flesh is dead.
Before i entered into a relationship i was clueless on desires of the flesh.I was very confident in my own strength because i knew i was saved and nothing could shake me.lol.What a lie ..The flesh doesn’t get saved so as an individual you have to be smart and one needs to engage in a lot of prayer before entering into a relationship and it is also wise not to date or court for a long time.
Men in most cases will want sex unless they are from mars lol.No man is immune.So what do you do?First and foremost the only one who can help is  God.So pray about it.Ask form God’s help.Get someone….a mentor who is a man that he can talk to about it.It’s a bit tricky if you ignore it as if it doesn’t exist yet it does.So be wise about this matter and get a mentor who will walk with both of you.
(For any more questions on this matter you can get in touch with me personally as it is a very sensitive matter that i may not be able yo broadly expound on here yet i know it affects most ladies and most relationships ).

3.Relationships take work.
I didn’t know how much time ,effort and even money needs to be put to sustain a relationship.Once one enters into a relationship that is when the work begins.You need to give them time to make it work.Without time it won’t work There is also special attention to be given to the other person.Sometimes one has to give up some friends especially of the opposite sex.Take sometime to unwind .Visit places together wish friends and this even helps once to get to know the other person better.There is a way one behaves with friends and they can hide when alone with you.But once with friends you can know the other side of the person.

#THISISONLYMYOPINION I might be right or wrong .It may also not apply to everyone’s situation.But it may help someone .
Your feedback is highly appreciated 🙂

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xoxo ,

Karen Kadasiah.

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Love is always the answer to all life’s questions.

For The Ladies.

Dear ladies ,

I usually share once in a while when i feel inspired so here we go.Advice for those who are single and those who are in relationships 🙂 I am not married so no experience there :p .

For the singles.
1.Be patient .
When i was single i was very impatient .Anxious to get in a relationship .Especially when everyone else seems happy i one and you are always the third wheel.So many years later i have a different perspective and a different way if thinking .Enjoy your single hood.Mingle as much as possible have fun.Most importantly build your relationship with God.Let it root in so deep so it can can overflow later on when you enter a relationship.

2.Relationships are not what we see in soap operas or fairy tails.
I was a fun of soap operas since i was very young .I am also such a romantic (don’t judge ).This fact messed a bit with my thoughts on relationships.That i will get a perfect man like prince charming and we will live happily ever after.Mind you i was not perfect and i still am not but i was very ambitious .

3.Prepare Yourself .
Before engaging in a relationship or as you think of entering into one there are certain things one needs to think about and i love sharing this with people because no one ever did.If you enter into a relationship now are you ready to get married next year ?

For those in relationships .
1.Be open talk to boyfriend
2.It doesn’t mean if he is a christian his flesh is dead.
3.Relationships take work.

#THISISONLYMYOPINION I might be right or wrong .It may also not apply to everyone situation.But it may help someone .

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xoxo ,

Karen Kadasiah.

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Love is always the answer to all life’s questions.

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