Things to do after KCSE

There’s more to life than watching an entire series per day!
So, KCSE is over, and you are waiting to go to University or to College. You have at least two months or at most six months at home waiting to begin your program at Uni. What do you do?  How do you use your time to be a better person?

Here are some useful ways you can spend time as you wait to restart your studies:
  • Go to driving school to get your drivers’ license.

Driving is a skill that you may need in the future (0r even now) but may not ever find time to train properly. Life gets busier after high school. Ask your parents/ neighbors/ peers to recommend good driving schools in your area.

  • Learn a foreign language.

Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single-language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits. In other words, you become smarter when you learn an extra language. To get started, you can visit Alliance Francais in Kenya – Nairobi, Mombasa, Eldoret and Kisumu. Alternatively, you can learn online via Duolingo and Language Zen sites, which are good teachers.

  • Become an untrained teacher/mentor

Look into one of the high schools in your area or your former high school. Do they need a peer teacher in a subject(s) that you were particularly good at? Then offer to help, regardless of whether they can pay you.

  • Read books.

Read lots of books, especially non-fiction since they introduce you to new ideas. You can find book recommendations from our website’s Readers’ Club. You can start with African books, thrillers, pace-setters, epic fantasies, etc.

  • Learn how to code.

ICDL and similar courses are not worth the amount of money charged. There are lots of free online resources (Code Academy, Khan Academy, Udacity, Harvard’s CS50 on EdX, etc.) Use the money to cater for internet data charges.

  • Work in some family business (or start your own).

Take on more responsibilities within the business. Think of ways to improve it. This can be the family farm, shop, salon, or even a youth-oriented program.

Some of these activities are not full-time commitments. You may have a combination that makes the best use of your time, while still allowing you to complete your college applications, which will demand a lot of your time.

This post was compiled by David Chege and his team at Kenyans Applying to Undergraduate US Universities and edited by the team at Hashtag Media. Visit their website for more information and for a chance to get one-on-one guidance on writing your college essays.

About Author

David is an undergraduate at Princeton University. He is one of the founders of 'Kenyans Applying to Undergraduate US Universities', an outfit that hopes to educate African high school students on the process of applying to US universities and to offer personalized premium college essay editing services. David works with Samuel Mwaura (Lafayette College), Norah Borus (Stanford University), Ian Mwaura (Cornell University), Emmanuel Omari (Stanford University) and Resian Kimojino (Princeton University).

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