How a Kenyan student left his mother’s care and decided to change the education system in the home country

How a Kenyan student left his mother’s care and decided to change the education system in the home country

The youngest of five siblings, Denis Musau Musyimi, entered RUDN master’s program to feel independent. His departure from Kenya is a model of constructive rebellion. Yes, he was relieved of parental care for a while. But the son of English teachers sees his future exclusively in the academic environment.

Mathematics is not the most obvious and applied major. What influenced your choice?

I have always been interested in mathematics. I won maths contests and was one of the best students of my class in exact sciences, so my abilities were shown when I was a child. I thought about engineering after school, but purely maths has always been the field I wanted to pursue.

How did you decide to enter RUDN and move to Russia?

After completing my bachelor’s degree, it was clear to me that I needed to continue my studies. There were questions about whether to stay in Kenya or go to another country. As a result, I did well at the exam and received a scholarship to study at RUDN. That chance had to be used, and the family played a great role in that decision.

So your parents supported you and pushed you to leave?

We have five children in the family, I am the youngest. My mother was always worried that there would be no one to look after me, but I’m an adult now. In fact, my parents always pushed me to continue studying abroad.

How do you see your future: what are the possible areas of activity after RUDN?

Of course, I’m going to complete the postgraduate course and, most likely, in RUDN. It’s familiar atmosphere and friendly environment in here. But after my master’s degree, I want to get practical experience and try teaching in Kenya. I already have some experience, I taught chemistry and mathematics to high school students. And the ultimate goal is to become a math professor. I think this is the best job for me — I see myself as a lecturer. I can say that for me teaching is not pressure, but an exchange of knowledge and energy. The global challenge is to change and improve the education system in Kenya. It’s quite romantic: try to come up with a different style of teaching.

News
All news
Life in RUDN
02 Dec
“I have a stool and a lampshade in my collection, as well as graphics works and paintings,” Anastasia Chugunova, an excellent student of Design of the architectural environment

Our heroine chooses the Soviet avant-garde or modern depending on the mood. She believes that the most important thing in architecture is to combine practical and aesthetic approaches. She loves architectural bionics. It all started with the love for drawing. Here is the story of Anastasia Chugunova, an architecture student who has been an excellent student for 5 years.

Life in RUDN
02 Dec
“Psychology helps fight procrastination” — Polina Bodrova, 10-semester A- student at the Institute of Foreign Languages

Read an interview with Polina Bodrova, a 10 semester A- student of Psychological and Pedagogical Education about the secret of successful reports, the role of psychology in teaching and Pablo Picasso's favorite phrase.

Life in RUDN
28 Nov
“Discussing how to cook paella after civil litigation classes is great,” — Daria Efremova, 10-semester A — student, Law Institute

How to properly procrastinate, why a lawyer needs dancing and why working in an IT company is not the limit... Read an interview with Daria Efremova, who has been studying at RUDN Law Institute for 5 years, getting only A-grades and managing to work and relax.