Agness Nshindano is one of the pioneers of the Northrise University student body. She was led to Northrise University when the institute first opened its doors to the public in 2004. She had considered other tertiary institutes before finally settling for Northrise. Being one of the first students at NU, it was a thrilling experience for Agness as she acquired skills that she previously did not even imagine were possible. Agness is now married and has a daughter. Here is her story, in her own words…
I graduated in 2006 and studied Information Systems, with a major in Web Applications . My coming to Northrise University was a life changing experience because I met instructors as well as other students that brought new thinking into my life. Suddenly I was able to recognize my passion and talents. I was able to find my comfort zone as my career path became clearer; I wanted to be a Web and Graphics Designer.
A few months after graduating, I got a job with Northrise Services. Northrise University equipped me with real world knowledge and skills so settling into my new job was fairly easy. It was the integration of theory and practice in our learning that has made the difference. At Northrise, you learn to do and think at the same time.
Apart from the academics, I was spiritually nurtured. Morals and ethics for both general life living and professional conduct were part of the learning process.
Today, I am more than grateful to have completed my Diploma (Associate Degree). Working long hours and managing a lot of tasks in a short period of time with deadlines everywhere, though challenging, is something I can now manage. Through my years of study and interactions with the faculty and fellow students of Northrise, I learnt hard work; continued commitment and perseverance.
After working for 2 years, I decided to further my education by pursuing a bachelor degree. There was only one university for me, Northrise. I did not have to leave my job to advance my career because of the flexible modules for working profesionals. Would I recommed Northrise to anyone? Yes, yes and yes!
My life has changed and I can agree with NU's motto of "Empowering the people of Zambia, One Student at a Time..."; I am among those students!!