Suoma Nekwaya - Bachelor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, (graduate)

Brief: Returned from a semester exchange from Fachhochschule Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Germany

Share your achievement/success story in detail. Early this year I returned from an exchange programme at the Fachhochschule Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts in German. I was studying Logistics and Supply Chain Management and knowing that Germany is the continent's largest economy and most important logistics hub in the world, I have developed a passion of finding myself there one day.Throughout my years at NUST studying Logistics, I told my Marketing Lecturer Mrs Tjizumuae Bianca that I want to go study in Germany, and she told me if you really are keen to go, you will.

Being online doing researches is very traumatic and discoursing sometimes because the requirements they ask. Sometimes you just sit there scratch yourself in the head and close the website but I told myself I do not know when and how but one day I will be in Germany.

One of my good days in March 2018, Mrs Bianca sent me an email and it was about exchange programmes and that is how I applied to Dortmund University of Applied Science and Arts for a semester programme in International Business. I felt lucky and blessed because comparing to the pressure I had when doing researches on my own, I did not struggle because I had someone on the other side from Dortmund University who assisted me on my journey to Germany. She helped me get funds from DAAD, which was also not enough because I had to pay her back for all my expenses she paid for such as rent, health insurance, public transport and flight to go since by the time my funds were still being processed but luckily again she got me a job to cover for a few and remaining during my stay in Borussia Dortmund.

I liked in Germany and it is so safe to live there that is how I felt. People there are friendly and helpful. I visited a few of the cities there such as Munich, Berlin, Aachen, Bonn, Bochum, Köln, Essen, Düsseldorf, Münster and Olsberg, I also travelled to France, (Paris) and Belgien (bruges and brussels). It was a nice expirience. I enjoyed snow too I mean it is my first time why not?

Tell us more about your journey leading up to this moment. My whole life, ever since I started school I did not grow up around my parents, me and my twin brother were moved from school to school and we would only see our parents on holidays, so me going to Germany was not much of a big deal, I am not too close to them to worry about being far from them because this has been my life ever since except for my twin brother, we were never separated to such an extent but I had to do what I had to do. I wanted this I dreamed of this so there is no way letting down a rare chance like this, home will always be home and it will always be there.Travelling is my hobby and I will do what it takes to get me where I want.

What does this achievement mean to you and how will you use it to motivate others? I have always wanted to go to Germany, meaning I have accomplished my dreams (well part of it), I have inspired a few “I quote” It means a whole lot.

What are your plans for the future? I would love to go back for my Master programme and also willing to go for good and live there for life and only be coming back to visit.

Share with us your success quote! Jeremiah 29:11- "I have better plans for you"