If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner
Nelson Mandela

UWC Maastricht Alumni

Wangu Mvula

Over the course of the past four months I’ve been here I have learnt things I didn’t know about myself. I have tried things I never imagined trying.

My name is Wangu Mvula and I’m a student from Zambia. I live in the capital, lusaka. 

Early in life, I had a strong conviction to make a difference in this world and touch people’s lives in the best way I could. I believe that love of humanity is one of the best gifts we could ever give to each other. 

Growing up my values and beliefs were largely influenced by my parents. I count it a privilege to have a mother who attended a UWC. Listening to her phenomenal stories about her UWC experience always intrigued me and in some way reinforced my passion to make the world a better place for all humanity. 

Moving away from home and coming to a UWC has been one of the most exciting but also challenging things I have ever done. It has given me the opportunity to look at the world through different lenses. Being in this diverse environment with so many cultures has made me see the beauty in diversity. It has enabled me gain a greater appreciation not only for other cultures but my own as well. It has instilled in me a sense of community or rather Ubuntu as we would say in the African context. 

UWC has definitely provided an environment in which I can explore the world in a single space. It has given me the chance to converse with people from all over the world about issues affecting the world at large and acquire an in -depth understanding of them. It has taught me that every single one of us with our individual differences has something special to contribute to this world. That difference is worth embracing. UWC has given me a platform to engage in more social and political issues like environmental sustainability and climate change as well as peace and conflict. 

Over the course of the past four months I’ve been here I have learnt things I didn’t know about myself. I have tried things I never imagined trying. UWC pushes you out of your comfort zone to discover more of who you are. I would say I‘ve experience growth in different aspects of my life. 

At the end of the two years I would love to have created amazing memories with my new family to carry with me into my next phase in life. I want to pursue a degree in political science. I am looking forward to going back to Zambia and sharing the UWC values with the larger community. 

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