I have been acquainting myself more and more to the African Leadership Academy(ALA) from its mission, vision to its works since my admission to the missionary institution. I am excitedly part of the 2020-2022 ALA intake and among the young leaders working and being nurtured to develop the African continent.
It is always a great opportunity and chance to grow when a person is presented with a new challenge—ALA is just that for me. I have blended feelings about it from an energised spirit and raised curiosity including sense of self-discovery to a realisation of how much I have to work to ultimately achieve the purpose of attending the intensive two year academic, leadership and entrepreneurial programme. These feelings therefore wrap up around the idea of acknowledging what's ahead of me and knowing how I can best prepare for that future.
Confidently speaking, this year has been a preparatory one because I understood that part of gearing up was knowing who I truly was. During this period, I answered one of the most imperative questions every person, at one time of their life, needs to ask and answer this question—Who Am I? All this has construed how I feel about attending ALA.
Adding to what I earlier indicated, I recognised that the talk of preparation wasn't a mere objective, I had to actualise it. Fortunately enough, I was privileged to attend a week long SAT Boot camp hosted my the Academic team of the Kucetekela Foundation Alumni group. It was an intensive programme that I hope to see operating for the next approaching days.
It was not a mere Boot camp, it was a holistic and immensely engaging short course programme. I would simply describe it as an end note or summary—the hook— of my time in school, the summary that has equipped me with skills and knowledge to maneuver around challenges and events of a lifetime in vitally academics and the world around us. It complemented well with my preparation for ALA. It simply showed me how much more I can love my academic work by proving to me the power of adding value to information and understanding the profound concept behind it.
My overall experience from the Boot camp was overwhelming. It put my critical thinking and analysis skills to test and resultantly improved them. We had academic interactions with an intellectual aura. One of the amazing lessons we indirectly learnt was developing a positive and strong work culture. All thanks to the Academic team once again including all KF staff behind the establishment.
Among other preparations I'm undertaking include powerful academic tools such as Khan Academy for most of my personal work and learning including official SAT study guides, in the case of SAT. Adding to these tools, I am making use of various platforms that are otherwise considered to be for entertainment and one of such tools is YouTube which is a platform with enormous information.
These two experiences have enabled me to do one thing in common: To apply myself while I grow and know myself better.