Tackle your week head on

Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most. – Buddha

Mondays… It is most probably every person’s least favourite day of the week. It is never easy getting out of bed after a weekend, knowing that you will yet again have to face another full week. I am one of those people who would lie in bed until the last minute, feeling sorry for myself that I have to get up, while some of my friends or family members can sleep in.

Here are a few things you can do to make your Monday blues a bit easier to handle:

  1. Get up early. The best thing that you can do for yourself is to get up early so that you have enough time to get ready without any haste. This way you will feel more relaxed, and you will not start your day with unnecessary stress.

  1. Take a shower or bath. By taking a shower or having a bath you will feel refreshed and more awake.

  1. Eat breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. By having breakfast, you will not only give your body and mind the necessary energy to function for the day, but it will also give your metabolism a kick-start.

  1. Have a cup of coffee. Caffeine has always been my little helper in the mornings, and even throughout the day. If you are not a coffee person, have a cup of tea. Most teas also contain caffeine.

  1. Drink your coffee or tea outside. Instead of drinking your cup of coffee or tea inside, rather have it outside. The fresh air will do you good and will also help you to gather your thoughts.

  1. Pack yourself a snack. Knowing that you will have something to eat during the day will also help you to be driven and determined to function and complete your tasks. It is also healthy to have something to eat, otherwise your metabolism and energy levels, along with your ability to concentrate, will drop.

  1. Listen to music. On your way to work, class, or where ever you are heading, listen to your favourite song, or listen to the radio. This will not only cheer you up, but also get your energy levels up. By lifting your spirit, you will feel more confident and ready for the day.

These seven tips are but a few suggestions of what you can do to tackle your week. It is never easy starting a new week, but at least after you have survived Monday, there are only four more days until it is the weekend again!

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Good luck to all the students of College SA! May your week be fun, relaxed, and filled with happiness 🙂

 

The Seasons of Life

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” – Unknown

When it is summer, the trees, plants, and flowers flourish. It reminds me of happiness and the truly great parts of life. When autumn comes, nature does not fight the change in season. Rather, nature allows itself to be changed by it. And in turn, a new beauty arises out of this change. Have you ever stared at the colourful trees and how beautiful it looks when the wind carries all the different coloured leaves through the air?

With winter, change comes again. And again, nature allows this change to take place. The rain cleanses the earth, and snow might fall. Even though everything may seem dead, it still looks so peaceful and pure.

As spring dawns, new life starts to sprout, flowers bloom, and everything seems so lively. Yet again, nature allowed this change – never fighting it. Every season is a transition into a completely different phase, and nature completely accepts these changes as every year passes.

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Life is a lot like the seasons. We are constantly confronted with change. As humans, we want to reject it. We fight to hold on to what we know and what is comfortable. The secret is that we must allow change to change us. Without change, we may never experience progress.

Gail Sheehy said that if we don’t change, we don’t grow. And if we don’t grow, we aren’t really living. You may interpret this differently, but what I understand from this is that we can only truly live if we allow ourselves to change.

Physiologically, we are changing throughout our lives. From infancy, we grow until we reach adulthood, and our bodies continue to change until we die. We do not have control over this – nature allows this change to happen.

So why then do we fight change in our basic lives? I think it is part of being human to hold on to what we know, because we are afraid of the unknown. We are afraid that what is to come will be worse than what we have now. And yes, that may be true in some cases, but if we allow these experiences to change us, we will come out stronger, wiser, braver, and more compassionate.

You may want to make a career change, perhaps, but you fear the unknown. You may be thinking, “How do I know that I will enjoy my new career?” It seems like a big risk to let go of life as you know it, and pursue a different direction. (You could, of course, pursue a distance learning course in your field of interest. That way, you can discover whether you do indeed enjoy this line of work – without having to leave your current job!)

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Remember, if the trees do not allow the autumn and winter winds to blow their leaves from the branches, then there will be no space for new leaves to grow in spring. If nature did not allow these transitions to take place, the next phase would have been impossible.

Summer cannot jump to winter, or autumn to spring. The same can be said about your life. We all have a different story, and the journey we take will differ, but we will all be confronted with change, and we must allow ourselves to be shaped and moulded!

It does not matter if you are in the winter of your life, or in the summer (metaphorically speaking, of course). You must see the worth of each season of your life. It has a purpose! You may not understand why the autumn phase of your life happened, but if you look back, you will see that it prepared you for winter. And in turn, winter prepared you for the most beautiful spring!

 

5 Myths about Distance Learning

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Distance learning, correspondence study, home study, e-learning, and online studying are terms that are often used interchangeably. They all refer to a method of studying that allows the student to study from a destination of their choice – students are thus not required to attend classes or a physical campus.

This is not the “traditional” way of studying, and – as with anything that falls outside of convention – it brings about scepticism. It is normal to be sceptical about things, but sometimes this is simply as a result of not having enough information on the topic, or being misinformed.

So, for your convenience, we will resolve 5 of the most common myths regarding distance learning.

Myth #1 – Distance learning courses are not accepted by employers

This is not true. Employers realise that some people have full-time duties, and are thus not able to attend classes. In fact, distance learning shows true dedication, because these students do not let other responsibilities get in the way of furthering their education. Employers recognise this diligence and dedication, and are happy to welcome such hardworking people to their team.

Myth #2 – Distance learning is an expensive method of studying

Many people believe that distance learning is expensive. The truth is, however, that distance learning is often much more affordable than full-time “traditional” studies. Furthermore, you do not have to budget for travelling costs, campus accommodation costs, and miscellaneous student fees that are usually part and parcel of traditional studies.

Myth #3 – Distance learning does not offer student support

Although this may be true of certain distance learning institutions, it is not difficult to find a quality distance learning college that offers professional student support. With new technologies that the digital era offers us, student support via distance learning has become instant and effortless.

Myth #4 – Distance learning is for anti-social people

This is definitely not true! Distance learning is for all types of students – anti-social or not! People usually choose to study through correspondence if they have full-time responsibilities, such as a job or children to look after. It has nothing to do with their personalities – their circumstances simply don’t allow for them to study full-time on a physical campus.

Myth #5 – Distance learning is for lazy people

Again – definitely not true! Distance learning requires a lot of self-motivation, as there is no lecturer in front of you telling you what to do. Furthermore, distance learning students usually have other responsibilities on top of their studies, such as a full-time job. Most distance learning students are thus juggling various tasks, and can certainly not be lazy!

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We hope that you are now more informed about this method of studying, and would perhaps even consider taking up a few courses via distance learning.

  • Do you have a full-time job?
  • Do you have children or other family members to look after?
  • Are you stuck without any reliable transport?
  • Do you live far away from learning institutions?

Distance learning is a perfect solution to all of the above, so why not welcome the opportunity?

Are there any other myths about distance learning that you would like us to resolve for you? Let us know in the comment box below!

Believe in your dreams

“Aim for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land among the stars.” – W. Clement Stone

 

Since young children, we had dreams and ideals of what we would like to become when we grow up. Most of us wanted to become teachers, fire fighters, police officers, ballerinas, or doctors. As we grew older, a new world opened up to us, and we realised that there are so many different careers to follow.

 

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Some of us never strayed from our early childhood dreams, and became what we always wanted to. And the rest of us were faced with endless possibilities. Even as adults, we are still faced with new career opportunities, and so often we just dismiss them. We think that we will never be able to land that particular job or enter a new career path. What we do not realise is in fact how easy it could be.

 

There are three things that you will need:

  1. Training
  2. Experience
  3. Belief in yourself

 

For students graduating from high school, it might be easier to study a full-time course. But as adults, parents, or working people, we will find it harder to take the necessary time to study. We cannot simply give up our jobs in order to do so. That is why distance learning is so great. It is an easy and convenient way to study a course in virtually any field of interest, and gain the necessary training that many jobs require.

 

In many industries, experience is just as important as the training itself. This is a major advantage of distance learning – you will be able to gain experience in your field while you study.

 

In life, there is something more important than training or experience. It is your belief in yourself and your ability to believe in your dreams. If you have a dream of becoming a project manager, but you do not believe that you will ever become one, then you most probably won’t. But if you believe in yourself and you push yourself towards your dream, then you are most likely to succeed. There are few things in life as strong as self belief, hope and determination.

 

Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” – Gail Devers

 

It does not matter if you are 16, 35 or 70 years old – if you are faced with a possibility to realise your dream, then go for it! Nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it. And that is what I would like each and every one of you to remember. Believe in the beauty of your dreams. Believe in your friend’s dreams, believe in your parents’ dreams, believe in your child’s dreams, and most importantly, remember that you should never stop trying to achieve what lies in your heart.

 

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Pope John XXIII said that we should not consult our fears, but our hopes and our dreams. We should not think about our frustrations, but about our unfulfilled potential. We should concern ourselves not with what we have tried and failed at, but with what is still possible for us to do. I could not agree more.

 

“Dream it. Believe it.  Be it.” – Oprah Winfrey 

Mandela Day

Today we celebrate the birthday of a very inspirational leader – Mr Nelson Mandela. I’m sure he needs no introduction!

Sadly, this year marks the first year that he is no longer with us for his birthday. But this does not mean that we can’t keep his legacy alive!

Mandela spent most of his life fighting the injustices in South Africa. He believed in an equal South Africa, and he fought until he got just that! We can only imagine what kind of country we would be living in, had it not been for this wonderful and brave man. Thanks to him, we are all seen as equal, and we are all given equal opportunities.

On this Mandela Day, show your gratitude towards this remarkable man by spending just 67 minutes of your time helping others. Not all of us have money to give out, but we can all give of our time!

This idea was inspired by Madiba himself, when at his 90th birthday celebration, he said, “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands now”. Madiba has achieved so much for our country, and he deserves to finally rest in peace. Now he is leaving the responsibility with us.

“Mr Mandela has spent 67 years making the world a better place. We’re asking you for 67 minutes.”

Whether you spend this time helping out at an old age home, volunteering at a soup kitchen, or simply reading stories to sickly children in hospitals, you can make a positive difference to people’s lives. Although this may seem like small gestures, if everyone can at least do something small – together, we have the power to change the world!

College SA has the greatest respect for Mr Mandela. Just like him, we believe that everyone should have equal opportunities, and we believe in the power of education – which is why we provide quality, affordable study programmes to people from all walks of life. Everybody should have the opportunity to further their education!

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

At College SA, we are showing our gratitude towards this extraordinary man, and leaving his legacy behind, by donating food and clothing to the less fortunate. What are you doing this Mandela Day? Let us know in the comment box below.

Planning is part of the fun

When I was a teenager, I remember the great amount of time and effort that went into planning my birthday parties. I planned quite a few parties, but there is one in particular that stands out to me. It was my seventeenth birthday.

Firstly, it was very important to make sure that people came – I did not want to feel humiliated and embarrassed at not having a good turnout. I also wanted to ensure that there were more males than there were females, because I wanted to show all my friends just how many good-looking males I knew.

I made a list of all my friends and acquaintances, and I phoned every person on the list. I also asked every person to bring a friend with to the party, so that there could be as many people attending as possible.

This strategy seemed to work. My party was definitely a success. There was a huge turnout, and just as I had planned, there were more males than females.

At seventeen, all I really wanted was to be acknowledged. I don’t think anybody really knew how much time and effort I put into planning that party. But to see the priceless expressions on my friends’ faces when they walked into my house, made all the hard work worthwhile.

People were talking about my party for months afterwards, and people who previously did not want to be seen with me were all of a sudden more than happy to hang out with me.

Thinking back, I find it quite sad that I had to “prove myself” to my friends. I realise now that most of those people were never real friends to begin with. But then again, these lessons are all a part of growing up.

Despite my naive teenage mindset, and although I had the wrong motives for throwing the party, I can completely understand the enjoyment that people get out of arranging events for a living. When you get to witness the pleasure that others get out of your hard work, it really is rewarding!

If, like me, you enjoy organising events, it could be worth your while to study an events planning course. You never know how successful your events may be!

With College SA, you are able to study this course from home – giving you plenty of time to get practical experience while completing your studies!