This last weekend brought with it the news of the tragic passing of a young man. Thuso Magonya was a university student who leaves a huge void, and this news has left everyone who knew him devastated.
But what can we take from the life of Thuso? There is so much we can learn,and using Thuso’s tips would be the best way to keep his vision alive.
“Tertiary studies are vital in this economy – as well as in the global economy” says Natalie Rabson of Boston City Campus & Business College.
“It’s true that higher education and other tertiary studies can be associated with many challenges including finances, travel, time and social aspects. But you need to face each of these challenges head on, embrace them and make sure you make the most of every opportunity that student life will throw at you”, she says.”
With all that has happened in our economy over the last week, everyone should be making tertiary studies a goal. Taking tips from Thuso into account can help us achieve our goals”.
So what should we be working on a personal level, that will help us achieve academic goals? Develop a fervour for education.
If you cannot afford to start a degree or diploma, begin with short courses or building blocks of modules. “Boston has wonderful short courses aimed at entry level workplace positions such as Stock Control, The Warehouse Manager, The Lay Counsellor and Bookkeeping,” says Rabson. Start planning today. Other tips? Live your life to the fullest. Get involved in every activity that you can. Whether it be at your church, your campus, your family, or with friends. Network.
Make everyone your friend. Imagine yourself walking in others footsteps. It is always easier when you do that to see another’s perspective, and be open to working with new people. Working in groups at campuses to complete assignments teaches youpatience and how to work in a team when you reach the boardroom.
Listen. Do not just hear what someone says. But internalise what they say and respond with something appropriate. This is a great character trait to have in life, and surprisingly enough when you apply it to your studies you will be shocked at the improvement!
What it means is that when you listen you learn to respond appropriately. This aids you to answer assessment questions with the answer the examiner is looking for!
Smile at everyone. Lecturers may be having a hard day too, and your smile may be the one thing that brightens their day. Be ambitious. Do not let life get you down. Don’t pay attention to people who tell you that you are not good enough.
Create an actual vision board. Put up pictures of what you want to achieve. A graduation gown. A car (according to two Boston students a Ford Mustang – dream big guys, way to go!) . An A+ on your assessment.
A degree. A short course. These pictures are your building blocks for your life. And they are achievable. Even if it is bit by bit. Have patience. Immediate gratification is great for a cup of coffee – for real success it takes time. And lots of work. Put in the effort.
Pitch up at campus events and have fun – this is a once in a lifetime opportunity you must make the most of it. Look into work opportunities – if you are able volunteer. Campuses often need extra help during peak registration periods. And during school vacations many companies require additional staff. Always have a sense of humour – it will get you through some tough times, and help you enjoy the good times.
Be responsible and reliable. Approach every assignment and every task with wholeheartedness.
Be inspired. By people you meet, principals, teachers, and friends. And be inspiring! Be genuinely happy for friends who succeed. And some parting words from Thuso on a meme he posted that says : Tag your future millionaire friends . Tagging his friends, he typed: “ I believe in you guys.”