Catching up with Enock

Enock, Class of 2015, is a Founding Alumni Association member, CoFounder of St Jude’s Diaspora, and friend to all. He generously shared some insights from four years at university in the United States during his recent visit home to Tanzania.
Enock, Class of 2015.

Over the years, Enock has repeatedly shown how our core values – Respect, Responsibility, Honesty and Kindness – can have a positive impact on ourselves, our loved ones and our community. Enock is studying a Bachelor of Business, Finance and Statistics at the University of Rochester in New York. Soon, he’ll graduate from university and move onto his next bright adventure. However, Enock knows that, in order to succeed, one must never forget where they have come from.

“Everything I got from St Jude’s, from academic background, leadership experiences and community service opportunities, has helped me to be where I am today,” Enock beamed.

However, it hasn’t all been smooth-sailing and Enock has had to work very hard to maintain his studies in a different country, far away from home.

“The weather was really freezing. The culture shock took me by surprise, and so did the people – my fellow classmates. You need to work your socks off!” He added.

“Before joining Rochester, I expected it to be all roses. It was hard to maintain that expectation and balance my university schedule. However, I have taken on leadership opportunities and I have no regrets.”

Despite facing the challenge of missing Tanzania, Enock has helped our St Jude’s Alumni Association to go from strength to strength. In May 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Enock and 29 fellow alumni started St Jude’s Diaspora, a passionate group of former students who wish to support the school.

“The idea was to give a platform for more students who live abroad who want to support [St Jude’s]. They are left out in terms of communications and commitments. These people are in an excellent position to help the school in terms of experience.”

“Our biggest aim is to support the school financially, especially events like inter-school competitions, Cultural days, and science days. It is a long-term commitment. If there is any way we can support the school, we are more than willing to do it,” Enock explained.

It’s certainly quite the commitment; however, Enock’s favoured principles keep him hopeful and grounded, and help him to motivate others.

“There are things I strongly believe:

1. To be happy. Make people around me happy. Life is already stressful.

2. Optimism: Try to see the positive side of things. It makes me complain less.

3. Support one another. We are our best network.

To my fellow alumni, I say this: “Just look around and see how you can support your school. Take some time, reflect, and see where you are coming from. Second, Mental health. Take good care of your mental health. It is your engine.”

“We are in our prime, a time we can try everything. Take measured risks, because it is now or never. Be curious and try hard. I call it personal development. You can learn a thing from the internet things like interview skills, CVs. It is a competitive world. Develop yourself and your skills. And, most importantly… never forget where you came from.”

You, too, can be like Enock and inspire others – e-mail for resources on skill development and to find out how you can keep supporting St Jude’s, from near and far!

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