Digital entrepreneur, Ivy Barley, tells about her experience selling popcorn at night during her university days.
The alumni of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) recounted how she struggled throughout her studies at her alma mater.
She revealed that she joined technology giant Microsoft as a project manager in 2020, and she also served as the co-founder and CEO of Vogue Developers, an organization that helps and inspires women to pursue careers in the technology industry.
Sharing her story on Instagram, she wrote:
“I wish the 19-year old me in University knew everything will be okay.
“Before the opportunities I’m grateful to experience today, I significantly struggled while a student at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Zambia.
“In the midst of a turbulent chapter in my life, I went from academic excellence to failing some of my courses.
“My mental health was in disarray and my life fell apart. Working in the nights selling popcorn in order to help pay my school expenses complicated things further.
“Little did I know that I had a bright future ahead–that things can get better. Little did I know that the girl that people laughed at for aspiring to be a mathematician will one day return to her Alma Mater as the Commencement Speaker of the College of Science. That she will even be one of youngest speakers to ever do so.
Celebrating the young hardworking girl, simonboadu_ wrote:
I was present that day and ur speech still lingers in my mind. You said “focus on the experience, more than the payoff when u find urself in the job market”… I’m currently doing my NS and I live by that everyday. Thank you @ivy.barley
She definitely was holding unto faith and taking action. Im honoured to have known her and seen the gliter of determination in her eyes. Because of her, the you of today and the future will build bridges and stepping stones for many girls like her. Keep impacting Ivy🔥
OMG !!! WOW IVY, I’m so proud of you , honestly speaking…I remember back in the days when you were at RLG at Osu…..you deserve it dear…MOM & DAD will be proud of you, I’m so happy for you ❤️
It’s all true i remember seeing you sell on campus and even at old laundry during school of prayer
young_and_enterpreneurial wrote: That’s an amazing encouragement for the youth who are coming. Congrats my lady🙌
theblessingbliss wrote: Wow thank you so much for sharing. I’m having a moment and this has encouraged me. Thank you
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