Financial struggles

My name is Selowa Rodney, 22 years of age, from Polokwane in Limpopo. I passed matric in 2017 at Mangoako Secondary School. I had financial struggles in my first year in 2018 at University of Venda. I had no bursary to aid my studies due to the lack of information. During my time at high school I never had the opportunity to attend career exhibitions and as a result I had problems of choosing a certain vocational discipline or opportunity.

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We are truly not safe

Ladies! Remember that time you had to pretend that you’re on a phone call to avoid the group of men you’re approaching by the corner? Or the time that same group cat called you, whistling as you walk past calling you “mabebeza”? Or that time you were harassed by a guy for your phone number, so much so that you had to give him a fake number so he could leave you alone?

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My pillar

I am an orphan.
That is a very sombre way to start but it forms the basis of the story I’m about to tell so hold onto your tears. I promise the rest of my story will not be as daunting. I remember back in primary school, when they used to run those data collection tests to find out where students lived and whether or not they lived with both their parents, a single parent or a guardian and so on – you get the gist.

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Challenges of being a UNISA student

My name is Valpre, a law student at the University of South Africa. Yoh! I do not know where to even start. Being a Unisan is a full-time job that requires all your time, energy and patience. I did not know what I was getting myself into when I applied to study at Unisa, but I’m glad I did, because I am now able to do quite a lot of things independently.

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Home or Abroad?

From a very young age, I was always in awe with our country and its beauty, land, diversity, and culture – and as cliché as that sounds, that passion and love for my country has guided me. From my high school days, I have been an avid accounting geek and that continued with me until I finished school, I always dreamed of being this “big city” accountant and living this corporate world life.

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Are you really living?

Recently while attending a workshop, I came across a piece of advice that got me thinking. I would like to share this advice with you and expand on what I believe it means. The individual hosting the workshop opened their presentation with the line “If you don’t know what you’re living for, you haven’t yet lived.”

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The importance of emotional intelligence

Growing up being bullied I would like to believe that my emotional intelligence developed at an early age. Like many individuals out there, we all deal with stress that comes with our social and work relationships, however if we don’t understand our emotions, we are unable to manage the stress that comes with life which could lead to so many different mental and physical health issues.

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