By Irene Best Nyapendi
In the face of daunting challenges, Mathias Praise Rindi, a 26-year-old graduate, has emerged victorious, achieving a significant breakthrough in his life – graduation from Uganda Christian University (UCU). His path to success was marked by numerous trials, including financial constraints and exchange rate fluctuations from his home country, Nigeria. But Rindi’s unwavering determination and the unwavering support of his loved ones proved to be the pillars of strength that carried him through the storm.
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Rindi’s pursuit of higher education led him to join UCU in 2018 through the University’s bridging program, a mandatory stepping stone for all international students. This program set the stage for him to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology in 2019, igniting the spark of his academic journey.
The Graduate of UCU’s Crucible of Financial Constraints
In December 2021, Rindi faced a formidable challenge – financial constraints compounded by the impact of fluctuating exchange rates from Nigeria. The strain resulted in him being unable to write his final year first semester examination, putting his graduation dreams on hold. “My mother sent me the full tuition of about 4.5 million for my full tuition, but due to the high exchange rates, I only received 2.5 million, which was only half of the required tuition,” Rindi shared with a heavy heart.
The Power of Unwavering Support
Amidst the darkness, Rindi found a glimmer of hope in the form of his family’s unending support. Despite facing a challenging time, he drew strength from the belief and sacrifices his mother, siblings, and loved ones made for him. Reflecting on his mother’s resilience, Rindi expressed his deep gratitude, “I will forever be grateful for my mother’s unwavering support.
When my father passed away in 2007, people advised her to take us to the village, but she vowed to do her best to ensure we received the best education.”
Fueled by Determination
Refusing to be defined by his circumstances, Rindi channeled his energy into finding solutions.
Despite the financial hardships and moments of depression, he remained resilient and kept his eyes firmly on the goal of graduating. With determination, hard work, and the unyielding support of his loved ones, Rindi eventually triumphed over adversity and achieved his dream of graduating from UCU.
A Degree That Represents Growth and Strength
For Rindi, his degree is more than just a piece of paper; it symbolizes personal growth, resilience, and strength developed throughout his journey. “As I step into this new chapter of my life, I look back with gratitude for the valuable lessons this experience has taught me. The journey has molded me into a stronger, more determined individual, ready to face whatever the future holds,” Rindi humbly expressed.
A Grateful Heart and a Promising Future
With his graduation on the 28th of July at UCU, Rindi acknowledges the pivotal role his family played in his success. “I want to express my deepest gratitude to my mother, my siblings, and my loved ones for being my unwavering support system. Without their belief in me and their sacrifices, I wouldn’t have reached this significant milestone. Their love and encouragement have been the driving force behind my success, and I promise to make them proud in all that I do,” Rindi gratefully shared.
A Message of Hope and Encouragement
As Rindi looks ahead to the future, he offers a heartfelt piece of advice to those facing similar trials: “Keep moving and never lose hope. Lean on your loved ones, believe in your ability to overcome, and you will emerge stronger on the other side.”
A Legacy of Faith and Excellence
When asked how UCU has impacted him, Rindi confidently replied, “I can proudly and confidently say I am the sharpened iron from this gallant university, fully refined and embedded with Christ-centeredness, integrity, diligence, stewardship, and servant hood.”
Embracing Cultural Heritage
Hailing from the Mupun tribe in Plateau State, Nigeria, Rindi carries his cultural heritage with pride and grace. He stands as a beacon of hope and inspiration to all who face challenges in their educational pursuits.
As Mathias Praise Rindi steps into this new phase of life, his journey serves as a testament to the power of determination, the strength of family support, and the promise of a bright future. We wish him success in all his endeavors and look forward to witnessing the positive impact he will undoubtedly make on the world.