FINDING A NEW HOME, REMEMBERING THE OLD R. Kamau Njenga was born and raised in Kenya, and his family moved to the United States in 2006, when he was 13. They first came to Detroit, but found it to be less safe than they had hoped, so they moved to Ephrata, Pa., near Lancaster. A shy student in his small high school, Njenga joined the track and field team, excelling in the triple jump.
Robert Morris offered Njenga an athletic scholarship, as well as a merit scholarship and the Rande and Georgia Somma "Integrity First" Scholarship for a business student. He is working on a combined B.S.B.A. in management and M.S. in competitive intelligence systems, with the aim of becoming a business analyst. Njenga also is extremely involved in campus organizations, becoming a class officer and joining the Uzuri Think Tank and Colonial Leadership Academy. As a class officer, Njenga teamed up with other organizations to raise money for breast cancer awareness. He also recently completed a successful internship with Enterprise Rent-A-Car in which his group ranked first internationally in sales. Last year, Njenga had a difficult decision to make when the university eliminated its men's track program as part of an athletics program reorganization. While all affected athletes' scholarships were still honored, Njenga strongly considered transferring to another university to continue his track career. "However, deep down, I looked back on how much I had grown in my faith, character, and experience at RMU," he says. "My life had changed, affirming the school's slogan. RMU won my heart that day because it got personal. Nowadays, all I want is for others to sincerely experience their 'Change a Life' moment at RMU."
This year as a senior, Njenga volunteers as an assistant coach and social media intern with the women's track and field team. He is also an active member of the Senior Class Gift committee. "I chose to be a part of the RMU Class Gift because I wanted to show that I care," he says. "My life’s motto is to leave a place better than I found it. I've heard alums say, 'That wasn’t here when I was a student!' I want to be the reason people say that. " Njenga’s mother is traveling back to Kenya to spend Christmas with their large extended family, and he has been saving money in hopes of joining her on the trip. It would be his first time back to his native land since the family moved here almost nine years ago. Both parents are from big families, and while he stays in touch, he's eager to see the relatives all together again, face to face. "I am named after my grandfather on my father's side and I would love, more than anything, to see him and share time with him," Njenga says.