Today’s article was kindly written by one of our GREAT College SA staff members. This guy is a particularly special guy. Apart from the amazing work that he is doing at College SA, this guy brings humour, compassion, insight, determination, tenacity and razor-sharp wit to those around him. I’m lucky that I have gotten to know this guy a bit. What he has accomplished in his life is truly inspirational. One of his favourite mottoes is: “Just keep trucking”.
We are very grateful that he has shared this story with us. I hope you enjoy reading these heartfelt words as much as I did.
Today I want to talk about something I find particularly difficult – finishing what I have started.
Since my childhood, studying has been difficult for me. I battled to finish assignments while I was in school. I was often late and seldom paid any attention to what was being taught in the classes. I found the smallest tasks impossibly difficult to focus on and preparing for exams was a nightmare.
Much of my school career was spent in detention, hiding in empty classrooms and avoiding doing the work I found simultaneously boring and challenging.
By Grade 10, I had begun to believe that I was simply not cut out for academic work of any nature.
My teachers had begun to give up on me and my parents were threatening military school to instill a sense of discipline in their ‘lazy’ son.
As time went by, my attendance started dwindling and my grades began to suffer.
I had to begin asking myself some difficult questions about my future and my options. I only just passed Matric and felt a great relief at the thought of never having to do it again.
After I left high school, I realised my passion and my ideal career would require a piece of paper proving that I was qualified to practice in my field.
The thought of going back to school, and back to studying, left a chill in my spine and a knot in my stomach.
Despite the fear, I moved forward and began the journey of furthering my education. Studying through Distance Learning came with a unique set of challenges, like having to work through all the course material on my own, and requiring me to schedule my studies carefully into my life.
While I knew studying on my own would come with its own set of challenges, I never realised that it would also provide one unexpected benefit – freedom.
I could control how much time I spent on each study session, and I could complete the assignments and portfolios in my own time. This allowed me to take control of my education in a way I never could before. I was able to create a study plan which suited my needs and I could work the course material into my life. I was able to continue working during the day to support myself while working through the study material in the evenings and over weekends.
While it came with its difficulties, I am so happy I continued to study and today I can proudly say I have received that piece of paper and can begin my journey into the career I always dreamed of.
As I mentioned, Distance Learning comes with a unique set of challenges, but it also comes with an equally unique set of benefits. If you have been considering furthering your education via distance learning, head over to the College SA website to learn more about how it could work for you.
“ There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. ”
― Beverly Sills
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
― Mark Twain
“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!