A student said something that made me think of Jesus’ teachings and sayings. There is one thing about Jesus that even most atheists are forced to admit. It is undeniable that he was a great teacher; so much so that his philosophy continues to influence a majority of the world’s population two millennia after his death. The specific phrase evoked into memory by the student was: “Let him/her who has ears hear”. It is amazing that the son of God acknowledged that anyone could listen to or read his teachings, but that not all would be able to understand. As that student spoke, I felt that this blog, its content and purpose, might be somehow misunderstood. There’s little I can do about it, people hear what they want to hear and not necessarily what you meant or intended them to hear. Common sense dictates I humbly accept the criticism and move on, and I would if it had been fair criticism. Only it wasn’t. More importantly it touched on a rather sensitive topic that ought to be addressed by us all.
By his own admission, this student likes writing, but like any student is often too busy to be able to manage a blog on the side. So his passion lies dormant within him, only finding some form of release on social media. He writes some really great posts on Facebook, brilliant and insightful. Other than that, I doubt his creativity in writing finds many more outlets. It’s a waste of talent really, and to support this claim I quote Young Jeezy in his song My President is Black, “Be all you can be.” This is of course a more succinct way to express Marianne Williamsons’ famous, albeit lengthy, quotation. She wrote, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” Sadly, some students do not want, or are afraid, to explore all their talents. And that may be the only reason why the next LeBron James, Shakespeare, Rihanna, Messi, Einstein or Mozart will not come from Kimathi university. The bottom line is you will never know how much you can achieve until you try; that might mean you pushing yourself beyond the limit. Who knows? Maybe that course you are taking is just a stepping stone to a greater calling. Luckily, experience has shown that our greatest calling is always closer to our passions and interests, so pursue those.
Let’s digress, back to the accusation made by this mysterious fellow comrade. Apparently, to him, this blog is too critical of the administration. He seems to think that the purpose of this blog is to criticize the administration of DKUT. There is only one thing to say here, if the truth does not favour the administration, should it not be said because someone in high office might get offended? Should we desist from speaking, writing or commenting on the truth whenever such truth points out the weaknesses in our administrative structure? If we all act that way, we will never even get to know the areas where we need to improve. That is reason enough to say the truth when you see something going wrong somewhere; if only so someone else will notice that something is wrong and act accordingly. It might be easier and more harmonious to bear the pains of being a student in a growing university, to pray to God that you graduate and leave Kimathi as you found it. Karma is a b*tch though, such cowardice that leads to mute inaction will surely be punished one day.
To quote Martin Luther, you are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say. One day this institution will either thank you or curse you for having either stood with it or neglected it when it needed you most. It is now that Kimathi needs you. It needs you to speak up when things go wrong, to deny anybody a chance to sleep on their job, to push agendas until objectives are achieved, and to not watch as things go from bad to worse simply because you tried to do something once and nothing happened. Watch carefully and see how some students are too afraid to even ask why a queue, be it in the mess, finance office or wherever, is not moving at all. Instead they grumble amongst themselves and end up saying nothing to the Kamaus and Wanjirus chatting excitedly in Kikuyu oblivious of the students queuing up all the way to Timbuktu.
These things will never stop unless you make them. It is your right to be served in a timely manner, and the person serving you is not doing you a favour. They are paid to work, therefore, fear not when you remind them that their attention should be on serving you and not pausing to exchange banter with coworkers. There’s one thing you should not do though, do not be rude. Rudeness begets rudeness. What you should do instead is be firm and persistent in your insistence to be treated with respect and dignity, don’t feel shy about overstating the importance of your time (or energy, in case you are faced with that bureaucratic office-to-office referral that some workers use to procrastinate serving you). Basically, what is being said here is that you should be courageous enough to chase after your dreams,  to protect your dignity and guard your integrity. Take my word for it, you cannot do any of these things if you agree with everything and everyone, never taking a firm stand every now and then. The final word to that student, and anyone else who thinks that this blog is out to criticize or lash out at the administration: Maybe the administration should do something so that there is nothing to criticize if one was so inclined. That will be a happy day for us all, and this blog will gladly change its focus to more pleasant things e.g. writing romantic love poems for a change.


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