A sit-down with 66th UoN graduation valedictorian

Tell us your name and some bit of family and education background.

My name is Dr. Rebecca Adut Dau.  A daughter of  two nations, Kenya and South Sudan.

I studied at Ruaraka Academy and did my KCPE exams in 2010 and scored 416 marks. I later on joined The Kenya High School and sat for KCSE in 2014 where I scored A and joined the University of Nairobi to study Pharmacy.

Did you ever imagine of being a valedictorian?

To be honest, no. I wasn't expecting it. I knew I wanted to do well, I just didn't expect that it would be to this extent.

How does it feel to be the valedictorian?

It feels surreal. There are no words.

What did it take you to achieve this?

I don't think there's a single answer to that question. But what the first thing that comes to mind is that I had to be consistent.

What are your plans after graduation?

I have internship for a year and I'm excited to apply the knowledge I learnt in class in real life scenarios.

What advice would you give to students who are still studying?

Find what works for you. Be self aware enough to know when old routines don't work and change them to what suits your current state of wellbeing. Take care of your mind, joy and peace at all costs.

 When not studying what do you do?

I love trying out different cuisines. I also love traveling but you can imagine how difficult that has been. I hope moving forward I can do more of it. I enjoy baking pastries too and if taking naps counts as a hobby, count me in.

What are your long term plans?

I'm passionate about increasing access of health commodities and pharmaceutical technologies to underserved communities. I therefore aspire to go into supply chain management of the same, in the hope that this will bring society (in my two countries) a step closer to Universal Health Coverage.