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Aristide N



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Career Technology

Civil Engineering

CAREER: Engineer

GRAD DATE: July 2019


    • February 9, 2019 – When asked to define servant leadership, how that applies to his life now, and his future career, Aristide said: “I define servant leadership as that form of leadership that puts people first. A servant leader listen to people’s needs and trains them to perform better. The main practice of servant leadership in my life now is to listen to the people around me and work hand in hand with them to improve each other. This gives me the opportunity to learn from them and my performance improves. This practice gives me confidence that the more I keep valuing people around me (even in my career) the more I will have opportunities to learn from them and lead well.”
    • November 19, 2018 – Aristide wants to be known for adding value to the lives of others by sharing his story! This semester, he will be working on the proposal for his final project! He hopes that his community impact project will have a lasting impact on the community!
    • July 7, 2018 – Last year, Aristide’s biggest challenge was time management. His schedule was full of more challenging courses, projects, practical design work, and exams. He said that though it was not an easy road, he was able to learn how to better manage his schedule and time thanks to what he learned during a These Numbers Have Face’s leadership training on managing your time wisely. In the end he said that the fact that there were so many things to do just meant that he was able to learn so many new skills! This summer, Aristide has a lot he is hoping to fit in! He is hoping to find an internship that he can learn a lot from, he is looking forward to spending time catching up with friends and family, watching the world cup, and completing a house he has helped to start to build this last semester for a member of his community who is in need of a home!
    • May 12, 2018 – Aristide values being productive and being a blessing to others because he loves doing things that add value to his life and his community.
    • March 25, 2018 – When Aristide was younger, he wanted to either be a soldier or a civil engineer because he had friends who were both that he looked up to! In five years, he hopes to be a professional civil engineer!
    • Feb 27, 2018 – Aristide said he enjoys learning to be a better person from everyone, but the one person who inspires him the most is his mother because she is always positive, strong and continues to push him to raise his standards!
    • Jan 25, 2018 – An impactful book that Aristide read was, Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do! By Dr. Robert Schuller.  The idea that stood out to him the most was that he should never underestimate the value of his ideas!
    • Dec 18, 2017 – In the area Aristide grew up in they usually eat food that is grown in the area, but on Christmas they try to buy special foods such as meat, rice and potatoes. The word Aristide believes his friends would describe him as is “optimistic” since he always believes the future will be better, is flexible and stays positive when changes or obstacles come up.
    • Nov 11, 2017 – Aristide is thankful that he not only has his biological family but also his These Numbers Have Faces family that never cease to work together to help change his life! This Christmas he has classes so he will be at school.
    • Oct 8, 2017 – Aristide had an awesome summer! He was able to do a short internship. He is excited to see his friends from school, start a new year at school and grow in all aspects of life.
    • May 25, 2017 – Aristide did his internship and taught a group of students from his former school during the holiday.
      Aristide is very excited to join his last last year of University.
    • May 25, 2017 – Something Aristide wishes more people knew about Rwanda is that it’s a county that is now united, not divided.
    • March 28, 2017 – When asked about the 3 things he values most, Aristide said learning, his community and accountability!
    • Feb 13, 2017 – For Aristide, new circumstances he faces, new people he meets, and new places he travels to are experiences that help him grow and feel empowered!
    • Jan 17, 2017 – Life isn’t without challenges. Last year, Aristide struggled with helping his friends in the village to better plan for their future. From this, Aristide learned that while he can advise someone, it is up to them to take action.
    • Nov 20, 2016 – When asked about what he’s thankful for, Aristide said being part of These Numbers Have Faces, which has impacted every aspect of his life!
    • Oct 14, 2016 – Some of the highlights of Aristide’s summer including working on construction sites, and visiting students to help them prepare for their National High School exam. Sounds like his summer was all about knowledge!
    • June 30, 2016 – Aristide just finished his 1st year at University! This summer he is volunteering to teach high school students in his community, and plans to visit construction sites in the region to learn more about civil engineering.
    • April 20, 2016 – When Aristide thinks of role model leaders, he pictures Nelson Mandela. What he admires most about Mandela was how he never lost his focus on creating a culture of peace and equality in South Africa.
    • March 11, 2016 – When asked about his new goals for term, Aristide said he wants to focus on improving his marks, and completing his community impact project. We love watching him pour equal dedication into his studies and service!
    • Feb 1, 2016 – Aristide recently read “A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest Gaines! The biggest lesson he learned was from the perseverance of the main character, who never gave up hope!
    • Jan 21, 2016 – Aristide’s Community Impact Project is teaching physics, chemistry and math to students at a local high school. We’re so thankful that Aristide is able to help students through these challenging subjects!
    • Dec 28, 2015 – What was Aristide’s happiest day of the semester? His first presentation at university! Aristide’s passion for engineering makes him excited to share his research with others!
    • Nov 8, 2015 – How many languages does Aristide speak? Three! Kinyarwanda, French and English!

Aristide N’S CIRCLE

  • A. & D. Morris – Portland, OR


Aristide comes from a rural community in Rwanda where most adults didn’t have the opportunity to go to school. While attending university seemed out of reach, Aristide never lost sight of his dream. From an early age, he began to notice the infrastructure needs in his community and throughout the country: roads, bridges, and water supply. Seeing how he could greatly impact his community, Aristide has chosen to major in Civil Engineering! His vision is to create a sewage system and bring a clean water supply to his village. Through his example, he hopes to inspire youth in his community also to strive for a university education!