Becoming a Gap Year Student by Nathan Mayembe

When I sit down and reminisce from the time I started my junior secondary school all the way to my senior secondary school, a lot has changed about me. One most surprising thing that I have noticed about myself is that my academic performance has improved greatly. In my junior secondary school, my performance was not up to standard. All my friends used to get all the credit. However, with hard work, my senior secondary school was a different story. I was surprised only to find out that I was counted as one of the students who will be part of getting six points at the end of my final exams.

Nathan Mayembe and his family at Pestalozzi Graduation

My social life has also changed. Through community service, work experience and my friends, I have come to realize that I am now more caring about other people because way back, I was very anti-social.

Being part of Kucetekela Foundation (KF) is one of the greatest things that has ever happened to me. It has been a life changing opportunity. The organization has given me so many opportunities that I would not have even known about if I had not been part of it.

When I was still in school, I wanted to be done with it. Now that I am done with school, I suddenly have unexpected feelings come up. I have a mixture of feelings. At one point it feels good and at another it feels bad. Becoming a gap year student is amazing. However, I do not know what to expect from it. At times, I even wonder what being a gap year student really means.

My main goal next year is to prepare adequately for my SAT exams, so that I can get a good score. Because with that, it will be much easier to apply to any university abroad, especially the United States.

My brotherly advice to my colleagues who are still in secondary school is that you should just be the way that you are. Do not try to be someone you are not. Discover yourself. Do what you do best and of course study hard. To the Grade 8s, always feel at home. You are welcome to this wonderful family and know that we expect a lot from you.

Thank you.