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23-year-old African lady bags two degrees at US university, celebrates achievement

A 23-year-old African lady named Lessly Khayanga Amwikato has bagged two bachelor’s degrees from Principal College in the United States.

Lessly, a Kenyan obtained dual bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Global Studies at Principal College, Illinois in the United States. She grew up in Western Kenya and had spent just a year in high school when an opportunity came for her to relocate.

“I attended Eregi Girls High School for year and I am so grateful for the memories and support I got from that institution and how that prepared me for my next adventure here in the United States,” she said.

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Lessly mentioned that she was awarded a full scholarship that covers her entire education cost, as long as she continues performing well in academics and getting involved in other extracurricular activities in school.



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“I had to maintain the scholarship and the aid by performing well in my academics and getting involved in other extracurricular activities,” she said.

Lessly said that relocating was not a walk in the park as there were a lot of culture shocks which she still experiences to date. She said one of the biggest cultural shocks was adjusting to food and dressing given that she had come from a more reserved background.

“Pursuing my two courses; economics and global studies, was also not easy especially balancing sports, work and education altogether. It was very tiring,” she said.


Lessly expressed her gratitude to her family, friends, and mentors who were there for her throughout the academic journey and for making it possible for her to be successful. 

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She stated that graduation was a milestone in her life as it is something she has been looking forward to since she was a young girl.  Lessly mentioned that she graduated with honors and also earned four awards which serves as a testament to her hardwork.

“This is something that I have been looking forward to since I was kid and I am grateful to have done it finally. I graduated with honors which is something that I had worked for and I am so proud of this amazing accomplishment,” she said.

I also got 4 awards which has inspired me to keep working harder in my future adventures which is unknown at the moment,” she added.

Talking about her future plans, Lessly said she intends to pursue a Master’s in International Development and work for the United Nations (UN). She said with the UN, she hopes to get a platform that will position her to help across the world access opportunities that they deserve within their communities.


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