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Marie Patience



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University of Rwanda

Career Technology

Information Technology

CAREER: Programmer

GRAD DATE: Aug 2023


    • March 1, 2023 – In a recent Leadership Development Workshop, we explored the question, “How can you make sure the pain of your past doesn’t determine your future?” What stood out and meant the most to you in this workshop? Marie Patience said: “The past doesn’t have to determine your destiny, but it will if you keep clinging to it and refuse to change your mindset. We can’t change the past but we can learn from it. I don’t know what the future holds, but I know the one who holds it in HIS hands. When we trust God, we are excited and anticipate great things ahead.”
    • September 8, 2022 – Marie Patience shared the biggest change in her life since the end of the COVID restrictions: “The biggest change was being able to study face-to- face again, and meeting with my colleagues.”
    • September 13, 2021 – Marie Patience shared her favorite song and what it means to her: “My favorite song is called “The Nights” by Avicii: This song tells us that we should live life to the fullest and go for anything that makes us happy, growing in any way and making memories. Of course, life is not a straight line. So you have to conquer the obstacles you meet along the way. And we don’t have to settle for less when we can get better. I like it because it speaks of how people should live an adventurous life and seize the moment.”
    • July 16, 2021 – Marie Patience shared what resilience means to her: “For me, resilience means the understanding, courage and strength of how you deal with some difficulties that you encounter in life.”
    • March 1, 2021 – Marie Patience said her biggest lesson from 2020 was: “In 2020, I learned that anything can happen any minute unexpectedly, therefore I should save money and spend according to what I need, use my time efficiently, spend more quality time with friends and family, and be a blessing to all the people around me.”
    • December 1, 2020 – I am studying Information Technology at the University of Rwanda. My dream is to contribute to the sustainable development of my country’s burgeoning Information, Communication & Technology (ICT) sector. I hope that my university studies will equip me with the theoretical and practical skills to contribute to my country’s sustainable ICT sector development. For example, it will provide me with a better understanding of new and advanced innovations I can implement, to advance the digital transformation, making life easier and faster!
    • July 1, 2020 – We asked our students what makes them proud of their culture, and Marie Patience said: “I consider greetings as one of the most effortless gesture that makes me proud of being called a Rwandese. Greetings is a way of showing attention to other people. It shows one’s manners, love and affection towards people around you and the community in general. Moreover, it is the way of establishing a friendly environment and it is the first good impression to establish a good relationship with people around you.”
    • March 30, 2020 – Marie Patience is fluent in English, Kinyarwanda and has a limited proficiency in French.
    • March 30, 2020 – Marie Patience said her favorite drink is milk.
    • September 1, 2019 – Marie Patience spent her summer continuing to learn! She learned about databases and worked on her professional communication skills.
    • May 18, 2019 – My courses this semester were Math, Physics and Chemistry in advanced levels. I didn’t have technology-related courses this term. Pursuing Information Technology during my university studies is helping me to dive into new things such as learning programming with C language, Engineering drawing, to name but a few. In addition to technology skills, I learned how to cooperate with my classmates when we are given challenging assignments.
    • February 9, 2019 – When asked to define servant leadership, how that applies to her life now, and her future career, Marie Patience said: “A servant leader is someone who gives all that she/he has while guiding and helping others to improve in different areas. In my future career, I see myself helping the future generation be responsible for their lives by knowing where they are coming from.”
    • November 19, 2018 – Marie Patience wants to be known as a bold and kind girl, who helps everyone and comforts the hopeless!  She is excited to start her first year at the university to become a programmer! She hopes to learn new things and meet new friends who will share ideas!

Marie Patience’S CIRCLE

  • A. O’Byrne – Singapore
  • T. & A. Mercer – Rancho Santa Fe, CA
  • A. & B. McCauley – Tualatin, OR
  • M. Bhalekar – Portland, OR


Marie Patience grew up knowing the importance of education. As a young girl, she dreamed of her days in University, gaining the skills she would need to be a leader in her family, community, and country.   Marie Patience has watched Rwanda grow into its role as the Information, Communication, and Technology Hub of Africa; and she is so excited to be part of it! By joining university to study Information Technology, she hopes to make her mark on this thriving industry and encourage younger girls to do the same.  Being a These Numbers Have Faces scholar has improved her leadership skills, confidence and critical thinking. Moreover, the intellectually stimulating conversations at the ladies’ nights have made Marie Patience feel comfortable, significant and close to her colleagues in our program.  In her spare time, Marie Patience leads the mobilization efforts of her Red Cross Club — conducting awareness campaigns and serving her community!