Writer: Zandile Zini
The fact that I am about to blog about this means that I am not ashamed about it any longer. Here goes..
I matriculated from The Glen High School in Pretoria in November 2007. I decided to take a gap year after high school, simply because I needed a break & I was not quite sure what I wanted to study. I have always loved anything to do with Media & Communications, but I was not sure what exactly I wanted to do. I was living with my grandparents at the time, I spoke to my gran about taking a gap year and surprisingly enough, she was very chilled about it. I spent my gap year working as a waitress. It was fun, I enjoyed the break from books, but there did come those moments where I felt like I was wasting time & that my peers are ahead of me… Towards the end of the year, I finally applied at Tswhane University of Technology for a Diploma in Marketing, which turned out to be a VERY big mistake. I did not enjoy it & this resulted in me flunking most of my subjects. I then applied the following year for a Diploma in Business Communications, I was happy with my choice because Business Communications is a very broad course, it consists of Communication Science AND Public Relations as majors. I did well the first year, then things went south in my second year. I was not focused on my studies during that time, I was in such a bad space emotionally that I did not make an effort. It didn’t even worry me that my peers were doing so well & I was not… Fast Forward to the end of 2011. I moved to Port Elizabeth, my mother has lived in PE for a while. I then applied at Varsity College for a Diploma in Public Relations, I did very well, for the first time in my life I was not just passing, but I was passing with distinctions. I was very focused & determined to get my qualification. I moved to NMMU after completing my first year, because as we all know, VC is rather pricey and my mother was not having any of it. I excelled at NMMU, I was focused on my studies. I had endless conversations with myself, I was tired of being that girl without her qualification. I was also tired of seeing the disappointment in my mother’s face every time she was asked ‘’When is Zan completing her studies?’’ etc.. It is now May 2015 & I am damn proud to say that I graduated on April 18th 2015 (MY BIRTHDAY). It is never too late to start over and get your life in order. It was not easy, but I made it. Yes, I did not graduate in record time, but I graduated and I have my qualification. I am damn proud of myself.
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