By Isaac Akugizibwe
KIU, Main Campus-Jude Anguria, a member of the KIU football team graduated with a diploma in Business Administration during KIU's 28th graduation ceremony. He described this achievement as the first step toward his objective of becoming a living example of how athletes can thrive academically as well as athletically.
He expresses gratitude to God, his parents, the KIU athletic department, and his coaches for guiding him through this journey.
"First of all I would like to thank God for letting me reach this far, my parents for always being there for me and the KIU sports department at large but in particular madam sports tutor and my coaches for the words of encouragement during the hard times," he remarks.
"I am overjoyed to have finished despite the fact that many people believe that we athletes never study." So the sensation inside me is undeniably great," he says.
Being a member of the University football team forced Anguria to divide his time between athletics, lectures and other academic obligations.
"It's definitely been an interesting one, balancing books with sports activities." After courses, you must ensure that you are present for training in the evening, and you must occasionally travel for club games while reading. But, fortunately, I had to make time for each activity, and the outcomes have always been beyond everyone's expectations," he recounts.
Because of his busy schedule involving traveling for games, Anguria largely depended on group discussions and soft copy notes to catch up with the rest of his class.
"I highly depended on soft copy notes provided by the University for distance learners. And being so friendly also helped me in a way that my friends would demand for my presence in discussions both during night and day."
"I had to also take up some opportunity costs in some aspects of life like I had to forego clubbing ( outing ) and use that time for books. So it's been really so interesting."
Because of his hectic schedule, which included game travel, Anguria relied heavily on group discussions and soft copy notes to keep up with the rest of his class.
"I relied heavily on the University's soft copy notes for distance learners." And being so pleasant aided me in the sense that my friends demanded my attendance in talks both at night and during the day."
"I also had to bear some opportunity costs in some aspects of my life, such as foregoing clubbing (outings) and instead reading." So far, it's been a lot of fun."
Anguria received a sports scholarship from the University as a result of his talent, and he has stated that he has no regrets about attending Uganda's greatest private university.
"I don't believe there is another university like KIU, from scholarship to learning environment."The University's academic environment is simply great; I gained exposure through athletic activities, and I have no regrets about becoming a KIU student."
Anguria, one of the best goalkeepers to ever play for KIU, is moving his focus to dispelling the long-held notion that athletes do not study or thrive academically.
"I want to be an inspiration to many young people outside there, especially athletes. I want to show the world that we can succeed academically and in other areas while participating in sports,” Concludes Anguria.