After I finished High School in 2007, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to study. I did a one-year course in IT and decided it wasn’t really my thing. Later, I was talking to my brother who recommended studying Communications at Daystar with a specialization in Print Media since I was thinking of pursuing a career in writing. As soon as he said it, I knew it was what I wanted. I went to Daystar, filled out my application and waited to hear if I’d been accepted. A few weeks later, my dad received a call letting us know that I got in. They asked him to have me go pick up my acceptance packet but, for some reason, he thought that it would arrive in the mail. I kept going to the post office anytime I was in town and couldn’t find the letter. Later, I met one of my former lecturers who told me that he had heard orientation at Daystar was going on. I told my dad about it and when he called, we realized that I had missed a whole week of orientation and my first day of class.
I finally made it to my first class on a Friday morning. I got there super early that day. I guess I was feeling guilty about all I had missed so far. When I got to the classroom, I found one other student had arrived before me. She introduced herself as Juliet and answered all the questions I had about what I’d missed. We didn’t become best friends right away, but after hanging out in groups with some other classmates, we realized how much we had in common. It didn’t take long for us to become inseparable. We would hang out all day, everyday talking about all the things that were going on in our lives (and sometimes, other peoples’ lives). We found it hard to leave each other at the end of the day so, to buy more time we would take the long walk from Daystar to Yaya center before I took a matatu back to town. Juliet lived in Kilimani so she just walked the rest of the way home from Yaya. I find it so interesting that we spent so much time together, yet never ran out of things to talk about.
Juliet was the best kind of friend to have when you’re in college and trying to figure life out. We complemented each other well because she possessed some of the characters I lacked. Those who know Juliet know how sweet, caring, kind and loving she is. But one of my favorite things about Juliet is that she is extremely ambitious. She has big dreams and isn’t afraid to go after them. She loves to experience new things and go to new places whenever she can. Within only 2 months of knowing her, she had already hooked me up with my first (and only) modelling gig. I still get unbelieving looks sometimes when I tell people about “the time I modeled wedding dresses”.
Since then, life has taken us in different directions. I moved to Texas in 2011 and she moved to Turkey in 2013. We’re both not the kind of people who talk on the phone or text all the time, but I know that our friendship is still strong. Whenever I do something ambitious and daring, I always think of Juliet. Some of her “go-getter(ness)” certainly rubbed off on me. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us. I know that with Juliet in my corner, I will always have that extra push I need.