Alumni Profiles

Fridah Mbwaya

Campus: UNC
Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya
High School: African Leadership Academy

I have always enjoyed the humanities. Learning about world history, interpreting the effects of current affairs and predicting our future through economics and other social sciences has always been captivating to me. I grew up in an educational system that often limited the career choices one could work towards and this always left me curious about all that lay beyond the usual – medicine and engineering. This has led me to develop a definite inclination towards decoding the political science behind Kenya’s endless political disputes, to understanding the economics behind Africa’s rapid development, as well as challenging the laws that govern our very daily lives.
Outside the classroom, my creative side tends to shine. I love the arts and music and have always used these as my unique medium to connect with others. With some time on my hands, one would either find me interacting with a canvas (paint brush at hand) or picking up my latest read to indulge with some ‘one-on-one’ time with the author. From organising creative events to participating and attending these open-mic nights, concerts and charity events, I always have a good time around music. Engaging with my community (no matter where I am) will always give me a sense of balance and so I am always looking for new things to learn and people to meet.

What drew you to the Robertson Program? 

At the program, I get to interact with many peers who are just as passionate about social change and innovation. Growing and evolving in such a dynamic community, with that of the Robertson Scholars, is an opportunity to continue the conversations I most enjoy, earning even more depth into the understanding of complex issues that directly impact each of our lives. I was immediately drawn to the program by the prospect of having each of my beliefs challenged in an environment that will keep me running at full pace daily. With endless exposure to even more unfamiliar environments, through study abroad programs, as well as a unique academic schedule tailored to both UNC and Duke, the program is an opportunity to challenge myself beyond a regular college experience and still use my resources to catalyze change here and back home.

Robertson Scholars, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, at Duke UniversityÕs Smith Warehouse in Durham, N.C.  

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