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John Mwendwa
Class of 2017 - Medical Laboratory Science and Technology

I was at ease after the online business could take care of my bills and I could afford to buy most of what I needed and save a little. It wasn't a comfort zone for me though, not for one sec I kept on looking other ways to make money and achieve my dreams. It was an entomology lecture at the beginning of 2nd year when my lecturer mentioned that there have never been a treatment method of bed bugs other than fumigation, I knew fumigation was an expensive method andhad heard of bed bug outbreaks in the country and I had been a victim of the same parasite ata hostel I rented in freshmen year.

It sounded like mockery to me how such a petty parasite could cause such nuisance and can't be controlled. I went into online litterateur libraries on bedbug control to confirm the statement and yes my lecturer was correct.Then I asked myself how that would be true, of course I didn't have the answer. But I decided to venture into the idea with one objective to get a solution that will help the less fortunate offload the burden of throwing away their belongings just because they had been infested by bed bugs. I had had some cash on my account that could support my research as long as it would or wouldn’t work, it was a big gamble but I took it anyway. I saw it as an opportunity to return to the community and also make a living out of it.

Three years later I had a product that tested positive to kill bed bugs, white ants and cockroaches I just 5 sec almost instantly and was better than any other in the market. I've filled an application for registration and licencing under my name for the product at the PCPB. I also have a company (FORTECROM LIMITED) that deals in tender procurement that is up and running and I’m the majority shareholder holder and still maintaining my job at Karen hospital.

It's been tough, but as its said when the going gets tough only the tough get going. I categorize myself as tough. I know I can't do it all alone and I need help. I'm writing to you this part of me that no one knows about for the first time I believe it's worth it to share and just as Warren Buffet said "if you can't make money while sleeping, you'll die poor". I can't die poor.

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John Mwendwa
Class of 2017 - Medical Laboratory Science and Technology

So as I said earlier, growing up for me was a tough ride, I was expected to make my own decisions on which way to end up and who to become (of course I can’t follow my dad’s footsteps). My dad always insisted on getting good grades and going to college and getting a good job that can secure your future. It's all I had back then. It's what the system in integrated on and I would make my dad happy simply by getting what he wanted, after all he sacrificed all for me. It feels like he owes me. But I had one dream in my head, that has never dimmed no-matter the circumstances I wanted to be financially free and responsible for my future, so in high school I used to be good at calligraphy so I would make love cards(of course it's the best business to do when you're at the epicentre of adolescents) and sell to my classmates and school mates so I wouldn't have to ask for pocket money from my parents and it did work well for me until form 3 when I was sent home for doing business while in school. The business didn't affect my grades nor my performance in school but the teachers knew better than I did so I had to quit selling the cards but still I couldn't stand the fact that I had to ask for pocket money from my mum it really hurt.

When I finished high school I used to like reading books, and just before I joined college I came across a book that changed my whole view of life as a whole it was titled " Rich Dad Poor Dad: by Robert Kayosaki" it did paint out my whole life as a kid and my Dad's mind-set on how he used the money that was left be my grandfather "go to school get good grades go to college and get a job " and then it gave me another view of life. It talked about being financial freedom, how the rich get rich and stay rich, how the poor stay poor and the middle class stay middle class. It points out what we are taught by our system; to become good managers, salesmen, supervisors (basically how to work for the rich) but it never teaches us how to become self-independent or how to start our own businesses. That lesson is taught why life itself and that’s why very few make to the top, and stay at the top, it’s not rocket science but just a few make it out.

I've always wanted to be independent, make my own wealth since I’ve seen first-hand from my own father what damage fortune inherited could do when left to the wrong person. But one thing I do understand is that I can't get the freedom I want by just working hard, I needed information and knowledge that is the real wealth. I was being sent to college when this whole new information had landed in my head and I was burning with ideas and wondering if I'm wrong to go to college. What if I don't make it through college? What if I just don't go? What if... I was asking myself, but I decided I have to go anyway, there was no chance my dad would understand me if I said I am not going to college. And with my mind set to get things done my way I started the college journey, and by the way never asked for pocket money from my dad even when I was at freshmen year in college, I struggled my way out as always I didn't have enough to pay for my rent so I had my big brother help me out.

By the end of my freshmen year I enrolled in an online business for writing articles based on my area of specialization "laboratory medicine" that was introduced to me by some friends I met at college but from a different institution, I had a mini laptop that my dad bought for me as present to help me with college, and I was dying to save some extra cash and pay for my own rent. So I joined the online platform on September 20th 2015 just 1 year after joint college, I had never done writing before but I trusted my gut and went for it “I had what it takes remember?” I told myself. I put in the work trying not to interfere with my studies so I had to be careful. Lucky enough the online writing was usually active during the night so it was a matter of sacrifice sleep for money. I slept 2200hrs and woke up at 1000hrs in the morning to check if I had got a job, I didn't have any but never gave up. It took a month for me to get the first job and sale off my writing skills, and then guess what! When I got that first job and I dedicated all my energy to it, I didn't sleep that night and I delivered the job. I got a 5 star rating and a $10 tip for job well done. i

It came as a surprise to me I must say, I had never written any article before and here I am getting a 5 star rating. I took it my responsibility to pay for my rent the following month by delivering my best which I did since managed to hit ksh 20,000 for the month of November and December. It was enough for me as a student to use and pay rent. I managed to stay awake in class and keep my online business running as well, it went on for two years until I finished College and got a job at Karen Hospital and had saved ksh100,000 by the time I was graduating.

 

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John Mwendwa
Class of 2017 - Medical Laboratory Science and Technology

September 8th 2014, was the day I joined medical school with a big aspiring dream to become the among best medical laboratory technologists in the region and I joined Outspan Medical College one of the best medical schools in the region it was a perfect match. For a young man I was, this was the stepping stone that had been given to me and I had only one chance to prove to myself that; I had what it takes to be successful in life and I had the tools to do that. In my mind I knew very well, if it's not now, it's never.

Growing up I didn't have much privilege to have a role model that was close to me like a parent to have much influence in my life. I grew up in a family of five, three children; two boys one girl, I am the second child after my big brother and my little sister. My dad, dark, tall about 6.5 ft and weighing about 70 kg inherited a fortune from his father who died long before I could get a grasp of who he really was. My dad didn't have much knowledge on how to wisely spend or invest the fortune so you can anticipate what followed next. It’s not a great story by why not tell I anyway. He was in constant conflict with his siblings(my uncles and aunts) who demanded to get a share of what had been left by their father "my grandfather" which they did get but didn't care of tomorrow or what would happen after the whole fortune was depleted.

Me and my siblings would find ourselves caught up in the conflict since it happened in our home so it affected our personal life and both of our parents were always in distress because of the issue, this led to my dad being an alcoholic and couldn't help himself. I was in 5th grade and my big brother was in high school when my dad suffered a stroke due to excessive drinking which worsened the situation at home. He was hospitalised for a year which forced us to use almost everything that was there to get the hospital bill paid. And it was for my mum to struggle through thick and thin to keep us in school and have something in our stomach.

Dad was disabled since he couldn't recover fully and didn't have a job to return to. But the best side was, the stroke he suffered was a game changer for my Dad and us too, he came home a different man determined to use all that he had to make sure we got the education we wanted. His mind-set regarding our future took a different dimension since then, and he knew it would be difficult for him to go back and write off the wrongs he had done, So he promised to use all the resources that he had at his disposal and sure he did.Sending me to college is one the biggest achievements he proudly talks of.

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 Impact of the Youth and Adolescents Open Day

By Richard Korgoren

It was on Saturday 6th October 2018, the youth from various colleges and universities converged at Outspan Medical College grounds for the Youths and Adolescence Open Day. The theme was "JITAMBUE, JIKUBALI".

Various speakers including our guest of the day Mr. Tatende Chikwekwe, speak to the youth on the topic Identity and Acceptance in line with our theme for this year's event. The speeches are followed by a Mental Health Awareness Walk from the OMC grounds to Nyamachaki. It has been a long time since I walked such a long distance by foot. We walk along all the way to Nyeri town. By the time we reach the centre of the town, I developed signs of Hypoglycemia and had to pull myself aside to buy an orange. The other procession proceeds as I remain aside. Now there were two gentlemen who were trailing way behind. These were students from a certain university. They come over and greet me. They introduce themselves and I do the same. One of them narrated his story;

"This is my 6th year in campus. I have taken 2 more years because I was feeling lost ". I am feeling relieved today". He went on to explain to me the whole of his life and what he has been harbouring inside. "We are taught not to face our demons. Everyone around us runs away from theirs so our first instinct is to do the same with ours because people learn from what they see. It has taken me about a decade to face myself". He concluded. The rest of the story will be concealed for confidentiality reasons.

My recommendation is: The youth are facing deep rooted issues and they have no one to share with. That Saturday forum was a one day event in a year but it saved a soul. I highly recommend such events be organized every trimester instead of on once in a year.

Richard Korgoren
HOD, Nursing Department - OMC 

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Dennis-Munene-OMC-AlumniDennis Munene - Clinical Medicine and Surgery Alumni
Class of 2013

"I made a decision to be enrolled in Outspan Medical College back in 13th September 2010. I got enrolled to pursue Clinical Medicine, Surgery and Community Health. I was among the students who pioneered the course at Outspan Medical College. I remember vividly when the college principal advised us that not all students who set up the journey in clinical medicine make it to the final year. The first trimester was like a cartoon network program where we would laugh listening to the strange medical terms. I worked hard to avoid the pitfalls of supplementary exams. It was also through inspiration from my tutors and mentors that I was able to make it through the course.

In the second year I was among the students who vied for the student representative council treasurer position and clinched it successfully. This motivated me since I felt that my fellow students acknowledged I have leadership skills. This was a valuable experience since I learnt leadership and managerial skills. In November 2013 I was awarded a Diploma in Clinical Medicine, Surgery and Community Health and I was posted to Gatundu District Hospital for internship. I managed going through my compulsory one year internship from December 2013 to December 2014. The knowledge, skills and experiences learnt at Outspan Medical College came in handy when I went for my internship. Today I am proud to stand up and declare that I am what I am because of the experience I gained during my training at OMC. It has taught me to tackle life and know that life is all about taking risks. I advise all ambitious people to take up one idea, make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. This is the way to success. I was first employed at Baricho Catholic Health Centre in Kirinyaga County as a clinical officer and soon was promoted to the Clinical Officer In-charge position after three months of employment. I worked for a year and in 2016 I received a lucrative job offer from the Lifeline Group of Hospitals in Nairobi. I transferred and was taken to one of their new branch startups.

I started with three to five patients per day but I felt that wasn't enough. I applied all the skills, knowledge and acknowledged God daily so that my employer would feel my impact. I set out to enhance customer experience, improved the quality of service and excelled in communication skills. Soon the number of clients started increasing and today the number of clients ranges seventy to eighty per day. As I sit, I am now overseeing all the branch operations both administrative and clinical. I look back and thank the minds which advised me to take a medical course and to those who saw to it that I graduated successfully.

I am now an active alumni association member of Outspan Medical College. I have set out to mentor other students from the college as a living example of how a solid base developed through a medical course can offer one a promising and solid future."

 

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