BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT (LLB 2)
It is with heartfelt pleasure that I welcome all the new and continuing students for this Advent Semester at Uganda Christian University (UCU).
As a man who has been here for the last one year, I can say with certainty that you made the perfect choice to be part of the intellectually enriching academic quest for knowledge and wisdom.
Usually, when one joins university, there is so much enthusiasm as one explores the new opportunities and prospects that campus has to offer.
However, caution ought to be applied when adjusting to the new environment lest you will not end up with broken expectations.
In every social setting, harmonious co-existence is vital so as to foster peace, security and co-operation.
This is what is exactly recommended for new students to ensure that they enjoy a comfortable stay at UCU.
In return, the staff is expected to treat new students to a warm reception in their various courses of study.
We owe it to each other to act with brotherly love, care and kindness rather than with acts of hooliganism, rudeness and bullying.
Convenience brings about serenity, which translates into productive and efficient academic excellence amongst the students.
Hence, harmonisation accords students a springboard to exploit their full potential.
UCU, with a history of cultural diversity, needs unity and social integration if freshers are to benefit from vitality and diversity to our heritage.
As much as most of us desire peace, some criminal elements are lurking in the shadows ready to lure unsuspecting new students. You have got to be extremely vigilant about the new friends you make.
The most common of them all are the fraudulent conmen who come with get- rich- quick schemes targeting your tuition fees and pocket money. Do not be tempted to join as that is a shortcut to not graduating.
Unity starts from a personal initiative. It is a virtue that starts within us. In his address to the Indian people on January 27, 2015, US president Barack Obama stated that, “the peace we seek in the world begins in our human hearts and it finds its glorious expression when we look beyond our differences and rejoice in the beauty of every soul.”
UCU offers the spiritual, cultural, academic and natural environment to find the good in one another. Enjoy your stay.