Ugandan Girl Patience Ankunda Graduates with First Class Honors Degree in Computer Science

 Story of  Patience Ankunda

I attained a First Class Honors Degree of Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science on 22nd October 2021 from Uganda Christian University.

Patience Ankunda
Ugandan Girl Patience Ankunda Graduate with First Class Honors Degree in Computer Science 

This award is not only a symbol of my success but it is the perfect ending to a very long and turbulent journey. In 2018 as I was heading to my third year of Bachelor of Architecture at Makerere University, I made the bold decision to change career after 10+ years of hoping to be an Architect. This did not come as an easy decision as I was forfeiting my government scholarship in favor of a course in a private university. However, after the exposure I got in the tech sphere before and during architecture, I just knew it was the right decision to make.

I not only worked hard to excel in the course but I also worked smart to balance school, extracurriculars, and my business. I started and grew a Google Developer Student Clubs at UCU which made me the first female GDSC lead in Uganda. I represented Uganda in regional and international Squash championships. I volunteered with Technovation to mentor high school girls in technology as well as became a Regional Judge for the 2019 regional pitch events, and I started and still growing a Ugandan fitness-based business called Afrocanfit which provides quality products at affordable prices and it is my goal to merge fitness and tech to provide solutions built by Africans for Africans.

Degree Award
Ugandan Girl Patience Ankunda Graduate with First Class Honors Degree in Computer Science 

Yes, being an Architect was my lifelong dream but all this may have not been possible if I had not given "possibility" a chance despite all my fears and now the sky is the floor for me. I emerged as the only female and one of the two students in the entire Faculty of Science and Technology to get a first-class degree for which I am more than humbled given the fact that few women thrive in Science and Technology let alone in Africa.

I am proud of the person I am becoming and I can only pray that my future becomes brighter, doors of opportunity fill up a tower, and all that I hope to achieve see the light of day.

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