When Anne Njathi left Kenya for the United States of America two years ago, the now PhD student knew exactly what she wanted to achieve. Many thought that it was absurd for her to leave a well-paying job as a Marketing and Customer Experience Director (MCED) at a renewable energy company to become a student.
But she yearned for more. She felt saturated and wanted a new challenge in life.
Njathi has always been a risk taker, self-driven and passionate about anything she sets her mind on. In her own words – “Sometimes you take a step backwards to leap forward.”
She won a scholarship and moved to the United States.
“I was awarded the Graduate Student Support Plan which is a competitive support package used to attract top students to North Carolina State University. Out of the many applicants, only 14 of us made it,” she says.
With this plan, Graduate students who meet the requirements are eligible to receive health insurance and standard tuition support (for a limited number of semesters).
“However, settling in the US takes quite some time to get fully acquainted with the new system, weather, food and people. I cannot claim to have fully settled but I am certainly in a better space than when I first arrived,” she says.
While this journey has not been smooth sailing for Njathi, two days after President Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States of America, she received some good news. Her application for PhD Candidature at North Carolina State University had been accepted.