KEYSER, W.Va. – Carl Njoroge, an electrical engineering major at West Virginia University Potomac State College, is the recipient of one of the College’s highest honors, the Catamounts Climb Higher award.
“I came to the U.S. from Nairobi, Kenya to attend college. I chose Potomac State because of its small class sizes which makes it easy to understand and connect with the professors,” Njoroge said. “This place also has a conducive learning environment where I can pursue an electrical engineering degree, which is my dream career.”
Njoroge is a member of the cross-country team as well as the Black Student Alliance. He recalled that for the first few months he found it hard to be away from home, but soon got used to it. Shannon Meek, who serves as a program specialist in the Academic Affairs Office, has been a mentor to him since he came to PSC, he stated.
Recipients of this award are recognized for their ability to bounce back despite encountering obstacles, for overcoming challenges and for staying the course. Recipients are also recognized for their outstanding work ethic, kindness and a positive attitude. And while this award is not based on GPA, the recipient must be in good academic standing.
Njoroge advised incoming students to stay focused on their studies and to always be disciplined and determined.
“My parents have worked so hard for me to get here, and every morning when I wake up, I always tell myself, I cannot let them down. This is what drives me each and every day to work harder.”