BY SYLVIA KEYA.
A 21-year-old Kenyan-born university student was declared the winner of a top students’ competition in the UK. Zawadi has not been only achieving in her field of studies but has also shown great sportsmanship when it comes to helping her peers grow and having their needs met.
Charity Zawadi Mwambeyu, a second-year civil engineering student at the University of Bristol, beat 12 other finalists to take the top spot in Women in Property’s National Student Awards.
In her position as Peer Mentor and Student Advisor, she has been able to influence the University’s mental health support for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students while lobbying and advocating for improved study conditions which saw her get nominated for the Student Union’s Individual Impact Award.
In the recent Women in Property National Student Awards in the UK, which seeks out the best built environment degree students, highlighting to the industry the necessity to link with Universities early in the education process and also improve the students’ knowledge of the career options available to the, Zawadi among other 12 student finalists competed for the award in which she emerged winner.
The judges were moved by her top-tier responses to the questions asked and could not have been more proud of her stating that the world at large should not overlook and not forget how much they can learn from this generation of women as they challenge the status quo by bringing fresh thinking to the industry and without doubt, have a great sense of responsibility and stewardship towards environmental sustainability.
Presented with a trophy, a 1000 pound cheque, membership of Women in Property and access to its acclaimed mentoring program, Zawadi attests her success and win to her zeal and determination in partaking in the contest.
“My journey through the awards program would not have come this far if I did not take a chance on myself. Because of the self-confidence I have grown into over the course of the process, I am able to appreciate how many doors this opportunity has opened. Whenever people doubt themselves and ask ‘why me?’ they should instead ask ‘why not me?’ Zawadi said.
Her patriotism is also evident in her work where she raises money to support Lewa Children’s Home back in her hometown, Eldoret.
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