The (not so boring) world of Computers

Hey there,

My general feeling towards computers has always been ‘UUUUUGHHHH – Boring!!!

My childhood was spent in a time where companies like Microsoft and Apple were pioneering computer technology in the United the States. And I, on the other side of the world, was oblivious to all these advancements.

Not that I really cared about computers … other than making the occasional birthday card using Paint App, and playing Minesweeper. [For those of you that don’t know what Paint or Minesweeper are – Google them]

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Let it go

Word on the street has it that 2014 was not the greatest of years for many people. I’ve heard too many sad stories of really unpleasant things that some of our students, friends and loved ones experienced in 2014.

 

Well, thankfully (yes, thankfully), 2014 is officially over. It’s now a new year, with new opportunities.

Good things

 

It’s okay to spend some time reflecting on what went wrong in 2014. We have to learn from our mistakes, and then, use that knowledge to make sure that we are stronger, smarter and better in 2015.

 

A word of caution here – and this is the main thing that I want to chat to you about – be careful of spending too much time thinking about what went wrong last year. Do NOT dwell. Do not get trapped in a cycle of negative thinking. Reflect YES; dwell NO!

 

Once you have done your reflecting …. LET IT GO!!!

 

Of course, most people associate the phrase ‘Let it go’ with the animated movie called Frozen. And, to be honest, Frozen is what has inspired me today.

 

 

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Sometimes, we truly need to LET GO of things / people / memories etc.

 

And then we have the opportunity for NEW things / people / memories and opportunities. How exciting is that?

 

At College SA, we are all about giving our students the opportunity to try again. We want you, our students to know that you don’t have to give up on your educational dreams – no matter what happened in the previous year.

 

We want you to allow yourself to have new hopes and new goals.

 

Don’t let 2014 be a prison – step away from it and Let it Go.

 

Let Go, Letting go, prosper, College SA

 

 

You can achieve your dreams. You absolutely can.

 

Now put on your best ‘Princess’ shoes and sing it with me ‘Let it go, Let it go’ ….

 

PS: For those of you that want to watch the Frozen ‘Let it Go’ video, here’s the link to the video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0MK7qz13bU

Happy Days

Hi there Dear Readers,

Well today is Friday and I hope that most of you are looking forward to your weekend.

I am thrilled that today’s post has been written by another of our Marketing gems, Tania.

Here are Tania’s words. Enjoy the post …

 

“Time does not pass, it continues” 
― Marty Rubin

Time and life

I have been struggling to concentrate or to even move a limb this past couple of days due to the heat. It is always better if you are able to go to the beach or sit at the pool while enjoying cold drinks with colourful straws and fruit.

But for some it is not always the case and we long for our young care-free days where our only concern was when we could go outside and play (even if it was scorching hot).

But this weather has made me think of how we wish our days away.

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On these awfully hot summer days, all we do is wish it was over. We wish it was winter and we long for the cold. However, as soon as it is winter and it rains day in and day out, we wish that away too and again we long for summer. I have come to notice this in more areas of my life…

While I was I student I took my “freedom” for granted and there was only a few weeks in a year that I could proudly say that I attended all my classes.

Now, as a working person, if I could go back I would tell my younger self to wake up for that 8 am class and attend that 4pm class on a Friday.

Because there will be a day that you are going to regret it and be angry with yourself and wish with all your heart that you attended all your classes or studied harder.

You have lost those days forever, opportunities to enrich yourself –  and you did that to sleep another hour or to watch one more episode of your favourite series.

The thing is, you could have taken an afternoon nap, or watched series over the weekend, but you didn’t.

You wished your student life away to become independent and earn your own money. But in the mean time, you lost precious opportunities while you sat there thinking about the future. Don’t get me wrong, it is good to plan for the future, but it is unhealthy if you dwell on it too much and forget that you are wasting time in the present.

 

It is the same thing we do every day when we want the day just to end because we cannot bear the heat. But what if that hot scorching day was the last day before a loved one will move far away?

Will you want to wish the day away then?

Or what if it was the last day you will see your child before they go off to boarding school?

It can even be something more serious, what if you are sitting next to a friend and you both are wishing the day away because it has been raining for days on end. And on your way home you are in a terrible car accident and you lose your dear friend?

If you knew that, would you have wished the day away?

The answer to all these questions will remain no…

 

“Free time is the most expensive time you have, because nobody pays for it but you. But that also makes it the most valuable time you have, as you alone stand to reap the profits from spending it wisely.” –  Jarod Kintz

 

What I am trying to say is that there is beauty in every day, no matter how hot or windy or cold. There are opportunities in every day and you may not ever get them back.

We should appreciate each day as if it is our last (and I know it is a cliché) but it is true in every single way. We never know what is going to happen.

So on those cold wintery days, curl up under a blanket, phone a friend, watch a movie, read a book, invite people over for dinner, play with your pet and tell the people around you that you love them.

As for the warm summer days with the unbearable heat, be grateful that you can experience sunshine and that you have access to water. We are privileged enough in South Africa to have running water and to be safe enough to let our children play outside.

There are countries that are at war and, if you had to walk outside in the sunshine in those countries, you might die from a bomb explosion or gun shooting.

Be thankful for each day, because each day is a gift.

Therefore, go today and enjoy the heat, because in a few month’s time you will miss it. After school, work or a long week, go home and enjoy the simple things about summer.

 

College SA cares about your happiness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I would like to do today is walk around my town and truly see the beauty of the day. I am going to take photographs and write poems and try to capture the true worth of what I have been given.

I implore you to do something similar. You are blessed with every breath you take each new day.

Remember that and don’t wish it away!

“It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.” – George Harrison

 

 

Thank you, Tania, for your inspiring and touching words. Let me end off today’s post with a picture that I find to be very inspirational:

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Closing Doors on 2013

Hi there Dear Readers,

Well, 2013 is almost officially over. I’m not sure about you, but for me, 2013 has been a bit of a roller coaster. How was your 2013? What would you say is your happiest memory of 2013? And, what is your least favourite memory of 2013?

In terms of world news, 2013 saw its fair share of highs and lows. For most of us, the passing our beloved Madiba was certainly a very sad feature of 2013. Something good that did happen this year, in my opinion, was the election of the new Pope – Pope Francis. Irrespective of what our religion is, I think it is important to acknowledge the major effort that Pope Francis has been making in terms of encouraging love and compassion towards our fellow beings and also towards all sentient beings.

I’ve come to realise that many people feel a bit down at this time of year. It’s pretty normal to reflect on the year that was, and to think about all the sad and difficult things we experienced. Part of being human means that we are going to go through challenging times as well as, hopefully, joyous and happy times.

I think it is important to remember the following:

  • Nothing ever stays the same;
  • Everything has a beginning and an end (no matter how unpleasant those endings are);
  • We all cry at some point;
  • We all laugh at some point;
  • Whatever situation we are in now, at some point, it will come to an end;
  • Just as we know that life is difficult, we also need to know that life has the potential to be good;
  • No matter how we are feeling right now, it is possible to have something positive to look forward to;
  • Irrespective of how challenging 2013 was, there must be at least one good thing that happened to us in 2013.

In my mind, I am seeing the end of 2013 as the closing of a door, and that there is a new door opening just around the corner. It’s as if I am telling myself that there is a new journey waiting for me, a new door for me to walk through. Anyway, it’s not as if we have a choice in the matter – we are bound by the passing of time, and whether we like it or not, we have a new year to walk towards.

New open door

We may not be feeling very optimistic about what is on the other side of the door ahead of us. And this is understandable. It’s also understandable if we are feeling anxious about all that which will be coming our way.

But like I said, we have no choice. We have to go through the new door. The ‘old’ door (2013) has almost completely closed behind us. The only option is to go through the ‘new’ door (2014). There is no option B.

Sometimes, saying goodbye to a closed door can be a good thing. I think it is important that we acknowledge that we got through the year. And we should be proud of ourselves for getting through the year!

So, picture turning your head and looking behind you. Picture a door that is almost closed. Acknowledge that you successfully made the journey. The almost-closed door behind you (and the open door ahead of you) should be a symbol that you made it.

For many of us, some of the things that are behind the almost-closed door (2013) are very painful. But if you could pick just one moment from 2013, a moment in which you felt happy, what would that moment be? A moment in which you felt happy to be alive. A moment in which every single colour around you looked more beautiful. A moment in which you felt you wanted to be in forever. A moment in which you felt that just maybe everything is going to be okay.

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Think about that moment. Be grateful for that moment. And may there be many more such moments for you in 2014.

May your new door bring for you excitement, happiness, adventure, achievement and love. No matter what the door ahead of you looks like, don’t be afraid to step through it. You can do it.