Page 1

#NishThoughtsOfAMinor My eXchange experience in Uganda


preface My name is Peninah Waweru; most of my friends call me Nish . I’m an engineering student at JKUAT (Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology). Apart from being a student at JKUAT, I’ve been a member of a students’ organization called AIESEC since 2010. I draw most of this book’s experiences based on an opportunity I had with AIESEC, where I got to travel on a student exchange program to Uganda for 6 weeks.

#nishthoughtsofaminor


This book highlights my exchange experience in Uganda (March 2011 –May 2011). Aside from my normal duties as an intern, I always updated my facebook status with out of work encounters or things I thought about everyday. Every status is in its original form...happy reading #NishThoughtsOfAMinor

#nishthoughtsofaminor


Day 1 ... friendships ... this is the playground where loyalty comes head to head with popularity ... and where compromise is a guarantee for disappointment ... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 2 ... word ... th@s the slang word 4 w@ ppl r sayin bwt u ... i h8 t wen ppl spread lies bwt me bt w@ i h8 most z ppl who lie 2 my face & the worst part z they thnk th@ i cnt c ryt thru them ... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 3

... April Fool's Day ... Uganda vs Kenya ... anyone who thinks that since Kenyan currency is stronger than Uganda's, ati now life in Uganda is cheaper, is a ... FOOL!!! ... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 4 ... venus vs mars ... have women, in the quest of independence & personal liberty, too self-sufficient? ... can men still truly play a vital role in a modern day woman's life? ... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 5 & 6 ... excessive compulsive disorder ... u know u'r overdoing it when ... u go 2 the temple mo than the rabbi... u'r friends come 2 u for painkillers instead of going to the shop nxt door 4 their regular panadol ... u mix redbull with coffee cz u'r regular cup of coffee JUS WONT DO!!! #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 7 ... differently wired ... or wired ... just in case u were wondering what goes in my mind ... beware ... or whether i'm normal ... yeah, that's right ... i never was ... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 8 ... irony ... irony is when most of the kids at an orphanage were abandoned by their own parents ... satire ... when a man's wife passes away, can he not take care of his own child just because he is a man? ... reality ... there are those who would prefer to leave them at a children's home ... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 9

... appreciative inquiry ... maximizing on the positive aspects of something rather than focusing on the negatives ... the people who look at the bright side of things are usually the ones who make the most out of everything ... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 10 ... a phoenix ... each new day is a new lease on life ... new approach ... it's time face life with more confidence, more inspiration, more zeal, more enthusiasm, more love, more courage and energizer batteries that NEVER SAY DIE! ... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 11 ... mixed signals ... u give a Ugandan guy your phone number, he gives you his business card ... iz how? ... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 12 ... blind love ... what do you do when you realize someone you knew for a very long time is not who you thought they were? ... a beautiful nightmare ... is when you finally begin to see them for you they really are ... what next? will love still conquer all? ... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 13 ... Malta ... a country/island in the Mediterranean Sea ... refugees ... it is government policy that any refugee that arrives on the shores of Malta to be reprimanded in prison for a year before they can begin their integration into the Maltese community ... talk about a warm welcome! ... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 14 ... venus vs mars ... the weaver bird ... when the male is lookin 4 a companion, he weaves a nest & invites the female counterpart to see it... the catch ... if she dsn't like it, she pulls it apart & the male hz 2 keep buildin others till she z satisfied ... maybe we cd learn a few things from these birds *wink* *wink* ... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 15 ... Dalai Lama ... 'the more sophisticated the level of our knowledge is the more effective we will be in dealing with our natural world' ... situation ... the higher your level of education the better your chance of living a better life ... Kenya ... more people need tertiary education not just for jobs but also to have a better standard of living ... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 16

... WALK-TO-WORK CAMPAIGN ... with fuel prices at KES 127 a litre, Ugandans are not just walking to work, they've taken to the streets in protest ... Besigye ... the opposition leader spearheading the campaign was shot with a rubber bullet ... Kampala ... curfews have been enforced on the masses ... all just because the government has to make a cut from oil sales ... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 17 ... MY DRINK IS IN MY CUP! ... with oil prices at a whooping KES 111 a litre, the same price as a beer, Kenyans now have to choose ... dilemma ... to drink or to drive??? ... we just can't drink and drive no more ... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 18 ... YING & YANG ... is human nature essentially good but later on corrupted? or are humans born with the capacity for both good and evil? ... Everyday we are faced with opportunities to either do a kind deed or harm someone ... i believe it's a choice & in the words of Russel Peters: "be a man, do the right thing" #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 19 ... options ... Holland ... where abortion is legal ... it gets even more interesting ... insurance companies gladly pay for it ... question ... do insurance companies also pay for plastic surgery? ... i mean it's only logical ... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 20 ... common sense ... public primary schools lack feeding programmes for children in Uganda and almost half of the children there live on one meal a day ... reason ... it said that a certain politician said that parents should not pay for their children to be fed in schools as it was rumoured that the teachers were pocketing the money ... surely! has reason eluded that many people??? ... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 21 ... STAND UP COMEDY ... good humour is when you watch Katt Williams, Chris Rock and Aries Spears and actually take the relationship advice they gladly throw around ... caution ... ur better-half better have a great sense of humour! ... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 22

... LIVING THE DREAM ... you know you're on the right track when you catch a glimpse of your future and you feel like your walking on air ... there are moments while on the journey you know for sure there is no where else you'd rather be ... and your dream is becoming so real that you can reach out and touch it, feel it and live it ... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 23 ... effects of war ...in their joy to be free and longing to see their friends who had come at last many prisoners rushed to the fence and were electrocuted. There were those who died cheering because that effort of happiness was more than their bodies could endure. Their were those who died because now they had food and they ate before they could be stopped and it killed them... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 24

... FAMILY LIFE ... there are 2 countries in the world where divorce is illegal ... Malta and the Philippines ... what happens to those women who have endured abusive marriages? ... do they wait? ... till death do us part ... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 25

... THE VALUE OF LIFE ... if a 14 yr old girl is raped and gets pregnant, should she keep the child or terminate the pregnancy? ... if she keeps the child, what will be said of the child's father? ... is adoption an option? ... how will she live knowing that she has a child somewhere but can never accept the child ... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 26 ... random thought ... in a nokia phone (perhaps others as well) there's an 'insert smiley' option ... why is their a sad face there? ... IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE A SMILEY! ... #nishthoughtsofaminor ď Š

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 27

#NOnishthoughtsofaminorTODAY

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 28 ... more random thoughts ... if it's the Westerners who came up with karaoke, why do we pronounce it like the name Kariuki??? ... it had to be a concept stolen form the Kikuyu ‌ #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 29

... ROYALTY ... prince william weds katie middleton & the queen wears YELLOW! ... who does that ??? ... i'm currently googling single princes & kings ... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 30 ... GUILTY PLEASURES ... Ssese Island ... there are times when things are so good ... when the fine things in life are within reach ... my only fear is if it all gets to the head that what is really important gets forgotten ... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 31 ... it's a beautiful world ... despite 2 world wars, nuclear bombs, terrorism, earthquakes, tsunamis, industrialization, pollution, global warming, there's still so much that remains ... maasai mara, serengeti, mt kenya, mt ruwenzori, diani, lamu, lake nakuru, lake victoria, ssese islands ... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 32 ... DECISIONS ... when you are spoilt for choice you never really make a decision ... you just sample a bit of everything, having your cake while you eat it ... you don't want to let go of one for the other ... and in the end you knew all but understood none, looked but saw none, heard but never listened, touched and felt nothing ... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 33 ... PROCRASTINATION ... say I if you know you procrastinate to the point when the deadline is so close you get an adrenaline rush just from thinking about it ... gotta quit this last minute business for good ... before death comes from selfinflicted anxiety ... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 34 ... A girl's worst nightmare ... is when you look in the mirror and think that maybe the fries that you had so many times in the past week were not a good idea ... they always have a nasty habit of leaving after effects that you have to carry along with you ... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


Day 35 ... COMING OF AGE ... it said there are two things that can develop your way of living, the people you interact with and the books you read ... now i can add the 3rd key ingredient ... that's the places you been to ... Farewell Uganda ... #nishthoughtsofaminor

#nishthoughtsofaminor

12


NishThoughtsOfAMinor  

NishThoughtsOfAMinor

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you