MKU holds mentorship forum
On 23rd June 2021, all the students of social sciences converged at the indoor games arena from 2pm to attend a mentorship session that was organized by Dr. Sarah Kimaru who is the Dean of Social Sciences. Dr. Pastor Robert Israel Burale was the speaker of the day and He eloquently addressed issues of social media and mental health which happen to be among the major issues affecting the young people in our institutions and this generation at large.
Concerning social media, Dr. Burale talked about peer pressure and comparison in the social media where young people who are social media users tend to copy the fake lifestyle that most people are pretending to be living in the social media which makes most of them to develop mysterious ways of getting money so as to live an expensive life that they can’t sustain. He therefore adviced the students to be contended with what they have and at no point feel any pressure from the social media but work hard believing that in due time they will reap from their hardwork.
He also touched on issues of cyber bullying where he personally shared his experience on how he is normally abused on social media. In this case, he advised those who are abused to pay no attention to the insults. Moreover, he told the abusers that anytime they abuse someone on social media, they are not just affecting one person, but they are affecting an ecosystem. He therefore urged everyone to be careful with what they post and comment on social media but above all no one should allow social media to control them or give them an identity because identity is an inside job.
He finally talked about mental health which is very key in the current generation. Many young people suffer from depression and unfortunately some of them don’t talk to anyone about it which sadly results to cases of suicide. He urged everyone to be their brothers and sisters keeper by ensuring that they check on their friends everyday and be very keen to observe any change in their behavior. In addition, he said that people should learn to package a “NO” from an opposite sex and they should never kill greatness by looking for acceptance in the wrong place.