Who You Are

“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and then it will never be used to hurt you.”  – Tyrion Lannister

September will always be the month that we identify with flowers, green leaves and colour. In a poetic sense, spring reminds me of new beginnings, beauty, and being free.

We celebrated women the whole of August, and with spring bringing new life, it reminded me that we should celebrate ourselves. So this September I want each and every one of us to celebrate and embrace who we are!

It does not matter where you came from or where you are at this stage in your life. It does not matter who you were. What truly matters is who you have become. The person you are now is the only one that matters. And let me tell you something about that person:

The person you are deserves to be loved, deserves to be happy, deserves to find hope every day, deserves to laugh – and most importantly – deserves to live life the way you have always intended.

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But remember – even though you should celebrate and embrace yourself, you should always respect and love the people around you. Just like you, they also deserve all the good things in life.

There will be days when you will be happier and more radiant than someone around you – so share your smile, share your happiness, and let your positivity spread like a wildfire. And when the day comes when you feel a bit blue, I am sure a friend or even a stranger will share their kindness with you too.

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Even though we embrace who we are now, we should never forget where we came from, who we were, or what we went through. There is always a reason for everything. Sometimes a bad thing will happen to you, but you will be moulded by this bad situation and become who you were meant to be.

“When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person that walked in. That is what the storm is all about.” – Haruki Murakami

Tim Fargo said that who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today. So be the person today that you would be proud of if you had to look back tomorrow. Be the person that can say: “This is me” and be content.

Students of College SA, remember who you are and believe in who you want to be. It is spring. Love yourself, listen to the sound of hope that lives within you, and share it!

Unsung Hero

“You can close your eyes to the things you don’t want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you don’t want to feel.”  – Johnny Depp

Recently I have been doing some research about the psychological and emotional impact that advertisements have on us as humans.

On a daily basis we will encounter several ads or commercials – whether it is in print, on the radio, or on television. Not all of them will have the same kind of impact or influence – some we won’t even remember seeing, or will not even notice that they are there. But there are a few that truly captures our attention and makes us read, listen or watch with great interest.

I have watched quite a few that made me laugh, cry or think. I would like to share a commercial with you for a Thai Life Insurance company. The commercial is in Thai, but it has English subtitles. Please do take the time to view this extraordinary 3 minute commercial titled Unsung Hero.

The term “unsung hero” can be defined as someone who does great deeds and does not receive any recognition for it. In this commercial, the young man performed numerous acts of kindness, and people frowned upon him. In the end, he did not receive recognition, a medal, money, or a better life. No, he received something far greater. He got to witness happiness!

This commercial really got me thinking about how we live our lives each day. Do we do good or kind things and expect people to do the same for us? Or do we do it selflessly – without any expectations?

So the psychological effect that the commercial had on me was to make me think that we should all live the way the young man in the Thai commercial lives. We should live generously. We cannot always afford to give away half our meal or the money in our wallet. But we can give something of ourselves. We can give a helping hand, a hug, a kind word, or even just a smile. I think we underestimate the power of a simple act of kindness.

We live in a fast-paced world where our only concern is ourselves. We need to stop this mentality. We should care about all people – whether we know them or not.

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Maybe that casual conversation you had with a stranger is the only form of contact he/she will have that day. Maybe the smile you gave to the person you passed on the street is the only form of friendliness that person has received all day. You see, we can make a big difference in someone else’s life by making small differences in our own.

I know that I am not the only person that feels this way, and I hope that the commercial also touched some of you. I want to witness the happiness in the world. Students of College SA, don’t you?

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

 – Mark Twain

To study, or not to study?

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

Are you thinking of studying, but still have a bit of doubt in your mind?

Siyabonga Ngema, who successfully completed his studies through College SA, has kindly offered to share his story with us – with the hopes of motivating other aspiring students.

He has shared his reasons for studying, how he experienced distance learning, what motivated him, and how his studies have helped to improve his life.

Here is his story:

I chose to study:

Because I wanted to grow in the line of work that I’m in, and also to earn more money than I do now.

 My experience on distance learning:

This was my first time, but I have to say that it was great, because no one was pushing me – I had to find that place within me to push myself.

 How I motivated myself:

I looked at my family and I said I want to give my family a better life. I said I want to give my daughter the best life under the sun. I said to myself, I want to give my wife a husband she can count on and someone that will give her a warm home. And I knew that with this course, I will be walking closer to see all these things come true. But most importantly, I knew that this will put me where I want to see myself.

 Things that helped me to study:

Well, I kept on reminding myself why I was studying and what life will be like when I complete the course. These thoughts kept me focused on my studies and motivated me to make time for my studies.

 How has studying changed my life?

It has improved my life in the work place and also at home. I now get to sit in the proposal briefing and add where I can. It has showed everyone that I’m willing to learn and grow myself – not because someone is pushing me, but because I wanted to see myself becoming a CEO someday, and these steps will take me there.

I would also like to thank the student advisor for all the help and phone calls that I received. I was asked if I was still on track, and told that if there are any bumps that I should feel free to call for assistance.

Thank you, Siyabonga, for sharing your story, and all the best in your pursuit to becoming CEO! We know that you will make a success of your life.

Are you currently studying with us? Do you have an interesting or inspiring story that you would like to share? You can leave us a comment in the comment box below, and we will happily share it with the rest of our students. 

LEADERS on Hello Peter

In this day and age, how can we know if a company is truly living up to their name?

Hello Peter, a well-known online customer service site, has become one of the most popular domains on the internet where consumers can compliment or complain about a company.

People often use this site to determine the quality of a company, or the services that they render. For instance, I’m sure that you will be wary of a company if they receive more complaints than compliments.

It is for this reason that we are proud to give you the following statistics taken from Hello Peter.

Did you know that College SA is one of the world’s most complimented companies, across ALL industries?

According to Hello Peter, College SA is currently in the top 20 of the most complimented companies IN THE WORLD! What’s more, this ranking is not only within the education sector, but across ALL industries!

Considering how many companies exist across all sectors throughout the world, this is a GREAT accomplishment for our College.

College SA also has the highest compliments ratio and the lowest complaints ratio within the education sector.

Hello Peter reveals that, within the education industry, College SA has the best compliments to complaints ratio. This means that, out of all the feedback received about College SA on Hello Peter, our compliments far exceed the complaints.

The ratio of compliments to complaints is a very good indication of a company’s success. It does not help that a company receives many compliments, if they receive just as many complaints!

College SA is thus VERY proud to have the best compliments to complaints ratio in the education industry.

So, to sum up the above information…

College SA, according to Hello Peter:

  • Is in the top 20 of the most complimented companies in the world (across ALL industries)
  • Has the best compliments to complaints ratio (in the education sector)

These statistics provide us with great reassurance that we, at College SA, are keeping our students happy – which is, and will always be, our number one priority!

Now when you tell your friends and family that you are studying through a quality distance learning college, you can use these statistics to prove it!

Thank you for all the compliments thus far – we promise to keep on delivering exceptional service!

Not yet a student of College SA? Contact us now, and let us help you turn your dreams into a reality.

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 🙂

 

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!