Habari? My name is Waihuini Njoroge but I am also known as Wai/WaiWai/Huini. I was born and raised in the vibrant city of Nairobi, Kenya. I studied in South Africa where I discovered that I am a crazy womanist and passionate about matters related to gender and race. At Yale-NUS, I serve as the founding president of the Yale-NUS African/African-American and Afro-Caribbean Society (YAAAS) aka the coolest student organization on campus. I am also a member of the Yale-NUS Judiciary and the Student Advisory Group. Apparently I can be a bit salty too.
Why I Chose Yale-NUS
I was living in a Pan-African Westernized bubble and I needed to explore a completely different side of the world. To be honest, if someone had told me that I was going to be studying in Singapore in January 2016, I would have probably thought the person was crazy. But life is about risks, exploration and adventure, yes? So how could I have denied myself the chance to expand my bubble into a Pan-African Westernized Eastern version?
What I Love Most About Yale-NUS
I love the exposure that I have gotten over the past year. From struggling with Chinese characters to learning that Indomie is actually from Indonesia and not from Nigeria, there’s just so much to soak in at Yale-NUS. I have learned so much about myself as well as different parts of Asia in just one year alone and I don’t think that I would have if it weren’t for Yale-NUS.
Best Moment I’ve Had at Yale-NUS
Shooting the promotional video for YAAAS was hilarious! I had to act a bit crazy in some parts and keeping a straight face while everyone else was dying of laughter. Late night meetings with friends from both Yale-NUS and NUS in my suite were just golden. The travel opportunities as well have been such a privilege. In my first year alone, I visited Malaysia, Indonesia and the US on school-sponsored trips.
Random Fact about Yale-NUS
Haha I feel so pressured by this question. Here I am wondering if I have to answer it? But there’s food everywhere. I promise you will always find food in the most random of places at the most random of times.