A university student has become a topic of discussion among Kenyans after she decided to work as a security guard at night and attend classes during the day
While most people consider night guarding as a job for men, Mary Njeri Kariuki has taken the same as her part-time job as she utilized her day to pursue her dream career.
Why would a university lady work as a night guard?
She tells the Start that since her parents were struggling to educate her and the rest of her siblings, she decided to reduce her parents' burden by looking for a job, which saw her start as a hotel waitress and later ended up as a security guard.
Her father opposed the move at the first, but since bills kept on knocking, he had to let her be
“My father especially was not happy but there was nothing to be done. I needed money to survive while in school and he had other dependents," she said.
Njeri is studying criminology and security at the Murang'a University of Technology and is a night guard at the Murang'a Level 5 hospital.
She also does laundry jobs when she is not attending classes, including for her fellow students.
“When I have early morning classes, I organise with my clients to wash their clothes in the afternoon,” she said.
She challenges other ladies to stop depending on sponsors and to avoid spending much of their free time partying and clubbing.
“Every action has consequences. They may think it (having a sponsor) is easy money but it may take them in a bad direction," Njeri said.
The 23-year-old lady is currently a fourth-year student, a few months away from graduation.
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