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Turn your dreams into a reality

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

Do you sometimes just feel like giving up?

I’m sure we have all felt this way at some point in our lives – especially where studies are concerned. At times, the work may become very difficult and overwhelming, and on top of that, many of us have other full-time responsibilities to deal with.

You may be juggling many things at once – work, studies, children to look after, and other family responsibilities.

We are only human, and it is natural to want to give up when things get too tough. What we don’t always realise, however, is that when we feel this way, we are actually so close to success.

don't give up, perseverance, College SA

If you just keep on, and persevere, you will be one step closer to making your dreams a reality.

Discipline plays a big part in becoming successful. It is not always easy to give up things that you like in order to make time for work and studies – but you definitely won’t regret it in the long run!

Vanessa Scott, who studied Child Care Courses through College SA, shares her story with us. She tells us how she had to give up certain things that she enjoyed doing in order to make time for her studies. She made these sacrifices because, she says, “I knew that my dreams were achievable”.

Her sacrifices and perseverance was well worth it! For she is now living her dream:

“I established an organisation and run a programme for children with learning disabilities. It is run from a school in an impoverished area in the community, but being with these children and knowing that I play a small role in the outcome of their futures is reward enough. Knowledge is power, and I want these kids to have that gift of choice.”

Vanessa wants to study even further, but she cannot afford to at the moment, as most of her money goes into the children’s programme. However, Vanessa maintains a positive attitude:

 “I will not give up though. I am saving, and even though I will probably only start next year, I will persevere! Thank you, College SA for the role you’ve played in my dreams becoming a reality. The journey was rewarding and I learned that one is never too old to study. The service was excellent and the tutors are pleasant and patient. The experience has inspired me to study, study, and study some more! Nothing is impossible.

We really admire Vanessa’s optimism and determination, and hope that each one of you reading this will be inspired by her story.

Are you currently studying with us? Do you have an interesting or inspiring story to tell about your studies? You can leave us a comment below and we will happily share it with the rest of our students!


“EveryBODY is beautiful” – Taryn Brumfitt

This morning, I came across a video and short testimony of a woman named Taryn Brumfitt. Her story really inspired me and I wanted to share it with you.

Taryn Brumfitt is an Australian mother of three beautiful children. She is the founder of the Body Image Movement. The reason that she started this movement is because, after all her pregnancies, she felt fat, ugly, unworthy and unattractive. These feelings are something that men and women alike can relate to.

Many of us feel unworthy or unattractive, especially when famous film stars, musicians or models set unrealistic standards. We are constantly confronted with these men and women on magazine covers, movies, television shows and social media. Hollywood has these scary, fast diets and intense exercise plans that help people to lose weight at extreme rates.

The whole idea that you need to be skinny, firm, lean or have killer abs to be beautiful have many of us “normal” people in tears when we stand in front of a mirror. Society sets these standards, and young girls and boys grow up believing that this is what they should strive for. It has become an obsession and sickness in many young women’s and men’s lives.

My body will take on many shapes in my lifetime. It is my character that matters most.

Before Taryn had children, she was a fit and beautiful woman who was confident enough to walk in a bikini in front of a panel of judges and hundreds of people. After Taryn’s third pregnancy, however, she wanted to go for plastic surgery. She felt ugly and unworthy. She lost her fit and lean body. Instead, she had excess fat, stretch marks, and saggy breasts. Everything that she once loved about her body was gone.

She decided she was going to have plastic surgery done on her breasts, and have a tummy tuck. Before she went for the surgery, she suddenly decided against it for this reason:

“If I go through with this, what am I saying to my daughter about body image? How will I teach her to love her body? How am I going to encourage her to accept and love her body, when I am standing in front of her with a surgically enhanced body? What type of hypocrite or mother would I be?” – Taryn Brumfitt

Taryn then decided to publish ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos of herself. These are not the type of photos that you normally see in a ‘before and after’ photo campaign. The ‘before’ photo is of her fit and firm younger self, while her ‘after’ photos are of her post-pregnancy body. She is embracing her body and her beauty as a woman, regardless of her tummy fat, stretch marks, saggy breasts and other body parts she hated.

Just like Taryn, many of us despise ourselves for the way we look. We spend endless hours obsessing about it, and as a result, we end up being genuinely unhappy with our lives. This was the main agenda behind Taryn’s Body Image Movement – to help women and men accept themselves and to stop thinking of themselves as disgusting or ugly.

Taryn Brumfitt is planning a documentary titled Embrace that will teach women to value themselves and break the unhealthy goals that they set for themselves, which are often derived from society and the rich and famous.

Taryn Brumfitt has really inspired me, because I am one of those women who stand in front of a mirror, insulting myself. We should all learn to embrace ourselves. Not just women, but men too. And in turn, we should teach the younger generations that rock hard abs and beautiful, lean bikini bodies are not the only things that make us beautiful. It is unhealthy to spend our days obsessing over our appearances. We are beautiful just the way we are. Embrace your beauty, and embrace yourself!

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

This generation will never know…

Now, this is a story all about how

my life got flipped-turned upside down,

and I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there,

 I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel Air

– Fresh Prince of Bel Air


Does this take you back in time?

When I was younger, I would try to sing along to every word of my favourite TV series, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. I would be completely bummed out if I jumbled up the lyrics. It got to the point where my brother and I would record the entire introduction, and we would rewind and play – just so that we could get it right!

Being a 90s kid, I remember rushing home from school and changing out of my school uniform so that I could gear up to go rollerblading with my friends. The boys would be doing something sporty outside for sure.

If we weren’t being adventurous outside, my friends and I would be watching Spice Girls music videos on a cassette player, trying to mimic every dance move.

Gone are the days where children would rush home when the school bell rang, so that they could slip into something more comfortable to go play outside with their friends. ‘Playing’ could entail riding a bicycle, playing hop-scotch, climbing a tree, or acting out an episode of Power Rangers.

Today’s generation will never understand the hype around trying to master Michael Jackson’s iconic moonwalk, and watching Pepper Ann, Doug and Recess religiously. They will probably never experience the thrill that you get from knocking on neighbours’ doors at night and running away… If you are a 90s kid, you should know exactly what I’m talking about!

Those were the best years of my life

Children of today don’t get to experience the fun activities that we did when we were younger. This makes me excited to have kids of my own, so that I can do things differently. My children and their friends will get to experience the joys of hopscotch, on-on, stuck in the mud, tok-tokkie, and hide-and-seek.

Playing hopscotch

We need to remind ourselves, and our children, that

“Laughter is timeless

Imagination has no age

Dreams are forever” – Tinkerbell

Tinkerbell costume