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Gisele I



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Food Science

CAREER: Food Scientist

GRAD DATE: July 2021


    • September 13, 2021 – Gisele shared her favorite song and what it means to her: “This song is called “Million Little Miracles” — It reminds me of the goodness of God towards my life. So even when life gets hard, it brings me back to the sweet reality that it’s not coincidence that I am here. It’s God’s perfect plan.”
    • July 16, 2021 – Gisele shared what resilience means to her: “Resilience, to me, is refusing to be held back by negative events that happen to you and pressing forward regardless.”
    • March 1, 2021 – Gisele said her biggest lesson from 2020 was: “The biggest lesson I learned in 2020 was that life is made of ups and downs, and that the downs should not stop me from moving forward. There were a lot of setbacks, like school delays and my mother who was very sick, but I learned to stand up and fight amidst those challenges while trusting God.”
    • December 1, 2020 – I am studying Food Science and Technology at the University of Rwanda. My dream is to become a food scientist!
    • July 1, 2020 – We asked our students what makes them proud of their culture, and Gisele I said: “My favorite thing about my culture is the songs and dances we use in ceremonies and events. I find them original and so captivating, so when I see foreigners enjoying them I feel so proud and joyful. Usually I like to hear our songs and share them with people and I practice our traditional dances on campus.”
    • March 30, 2020 – Gisele speaks Kinyarwanda, as her mother language, French, and English with proficiency.
    • March 30, 2020 – Gisele said her favorite drink is indeed tea.
    • September 1, 2019 – This Summer Gisele resumed the Community Impact Project she started last year in her hometown. She has been mentoring children and working with poor families so they could grow their financial capacity and have healthier lives.
    • May 18, 2019 – I have been challenged by some courses in this semester but through it all, I’ve learned to never give up on anything, that with persistence, hard work and prayer everything is possible. Otherwise, I’m still learning a lot through my community impact project. It is developing in me a community centered lifestyle.
    • February 9, 2019 – When asked to define servant leadership, how that applies to her life now, and her future career, Gisele said: “When I hear of servant leadership, I understand being a role model, showing and working the way you would like your followers to do.”
    • November 19, 2018 – Gisele wants to be known for having Christ-based character, being a servant leader and having a strong impact on her surroundings. This year Gisele excited to transfer to a new campus and hopes to do well!
    • July 7, 2018 – Since this was her first year at university, Gisele was met with some challenges. She said she was used to an environment where everything was set up for her, but this year she had to be more proactive and set up her own schedule. She stayed focused and disciplined and was able to accomplish what she needed to! Gisele is excited to be finishing her first year of university, and is looking forward to having some fun this summer! She isn’t a big fan of being in the hot sun, so she is excited to be practicing water sports to stay active and energetic!
    • May 12, 2018 – Gisele values her salvation and being able to be in relationship with her family and friends!
    • March 25, 2018 – When Gisele was younger, she hoped to be a doctor because she always did well in her classes and her parents encouraged her to pursue medicine! In five years, she hopes to have her own company within her community, and will be advocating for her community in all of Rwanda!
    • February 27, 2018 – Gisele’s nickname is Twitwi, which means small, because she was very small. Gisele’s mother  is her biggest inspiration. Gisele said she is the hardest working woman she knows and she is always very humble.
    • January 25, 2018 – A book Gisele read recently that she couldn’t put down was called Supernatural. She said the most interesting part for her was about the extraordinary spiritual growth one can have when they are fully committed to God!
    • December 18, 2017 – Christmas is a very special time for Gisele, because it’s one of the only days of the year her whole family gathers together! Gisele thinks the word her friends would use to describe her as is “charming” because she is full of smiles and laughter, and she loves to create a warm environment for others.
    • November 11, 2017 – When asked what she is thankful for this Thanksgiving, Gisele said she is very thankful for her life, family, friends, mentors and studies. She loves the Christmas holidays because she gets to gather together with her family.
    • October 8, 2017 – A moment Gisele will never forget from her summer was when she was accepted into the These Numbers Have Faces program! She is excited to experience what it will be like to be in school with over a hundred classmates compared to the twenty-four she had in high school, she is also looking forward to using a syllabus for the first time.


  • R. & A. Murphy – Austin, TX


Gisele is the third born of a family of seven, living with her mother in the southern part of Rwanda. Gisele’s mom is her role model — with constant encouragement to live a life of change and care. Her mother lives with health issues that inspired Gisele to pursue a career that will give her the knowledge she needs to help her mom and others like her.   With a degree in Food Science and Technology, Gisele wants to bring out solutions to overcome problems caused by malnutrition and those caused by poor food safety. According to Gisele, “the goal of education is not only to increase the amount of knowledge, but to create possibilities for a person to invent, discover, and create themselves into someone capable of doing great things.” Gisele’s drive is to do great things have a long-term impact on both her family and her community.  Gisele loves to sing, teach, dance, and act. She also spends time fundraising and collecting supplies for poor girls at her former secondary school.