Juggling Life

Let’s paint a scenario, and imagine our lives in that situation for a day or two:

You’re a single mother who has two children (a 7-year-old boy and a teenage girl of 13), a full-time job that involves long hours and little pay, and you are barely making it through the month with school fees, rent, groceries and studies.

Sounds pretty hectic, right? Right! Well, there are tons of people going through that exact scenario, scraping by on a month-to-month basis in this developing country of ours.

Juggling Life

So here are a few tips on how you could balance the life of being a single parent and full-time employee – and still have enough time to study:

Be realistic and choose wisely. Choosing a distance learning college is a perfect option if you have to juggle a full-time job and household responsibilities. Not only is it cheaper to study via correspondence than it is to attend classes, it also gives you the luxury of studying in your own time and at your own pace.

Ask for help. Sometimes it can seem as though things are just getting too much… Well, with a distance learning college like College SA, there are tutors willing and waiting to assist you with your issues. Don’t be afraid to ask people for help!

Plan ahead all the time. Try to make a list of all your appointments and deadlines for the month – whether it’s watching your child play sport, doing an assignment, or preparing for a big meeting – and place the list somewhere where you can see it on a regular basis. This way, you will feel more in control.

Take a break. The constant juggling can become physically and emotionally exhausting, so keep focused on things that are a priority for that week, but don’t try to do too many things at once. Take a break from your studies if you feel you need to.

Have a good support system. Like anything in life, giving up always seems like the easier option. Therefore, it is vital to have a good, solid support system that can encourage you to push through and to keep going. Your support system can take the form of friends, family, or tutors.

Good luck!

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Liberate Yourself

Be Free

 

Our Deputy President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa made a speech at a youth dialogue that was hosted by the South African Youth Council. Mr Ramaphosa made some really interesting comments in his speech:

 

  • Young people need to be educated and that they must be innovative in order to achieve economic freedom in their lifetime.

 

  • It is up to young people  to take up all the opportunities in education and in business that are available to them.

 

You should seek economic freedom in your lifetime … Seek those opportunities so that you can be empowered.

We want people to be their own liberators.

 

These are some really powerful words. Really powerful.

 

He also said that young people should prioritise education as education is the only way to liberate themselves from the social ills of poverty, unemployment and inequality.

 

In South Africa, words such as ‘freedom’ and ‘liberation’ mean all sorts of things. We have a history full of amazing stories of fighting for freedom. We have so many heroes who died in the pursuit of freedom. In South Africa, we cannot take freedom for granted.

 

I think that most of us want to be ‘free’ – and, for most of us, we understand ‘freedom’ differently.

Are you free?

 

What does freedom mean to you?

Do you know what you need to do to become more free?

What have you done to liberate yourself?

 

 

I would not be working at College SA if I did not believe and know that education is essential to becoming more free. Education is NOT only for clever and rich people. Education is not just a nice-to-have. Education is a MUST HAVE.

 

At College SA we believe in giving people second / third / fourth chances at education. We believe in offering a variety of courses that will make a real difference in a person’s life.  We believe in guaranteeing our Students that we will support them every step of the way with their studies.

 

At College SA we want to help you with your educational dreams.

But … and this is very important, YOU must have a DREAM. YOU must have GOALS.

YOU must want to be FREE.

 

 

Do you want to be free? What does freedom mean to you? Have you done even just 1 thing today that shows, without a doubt, that you want to be free?

 

Be Free

 

What is is interesting is that freedom can be scary. Because, being free means you have responsibilities. It means that you are in charge of making decisions for yourself and for your life. Being free often means that you must be a warrior in your own life. It is not always easy being free.

 

But, being free is what we should all aim for.

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We are Growing

This week we have asked you on Facebook how we can improve our services to you as students. We have gotten quite a few replies to our request and I would like to take this opportunity to address them.

As a College, we wanted to hear firsthand what our students are struggling with or if there are any hiccups in our communication or service towards our students. First of all, thank you for the compliments that we received from you. But criticism is just as important as compliments, because how else would we have known where we should improve and where we could grow.

We are currently addressing everything that you mentioned and doing our best to improve where you feel that we have failed you. Please try to remember we are also just human and we make mistakes. But we will learn from them and work hard to give our students the best service possible!

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College SA would like to apologize to any of our students that has had a bad experience with our service or your studies! Just hang in there, because we have a team working to improve on everything that you have mentioned.

Students of College SA, thank you for your continued support and for giving us the opportunity to grow! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

The Best is Yet to Come

“There are far better things ahead than what we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis

Today my blog post is inspired by the song Let it Go from the Disney movie Frozen. First of all, if you have not seen the movie, do yourself a favour – rent the movie and watch it!

It may be a Disney movie, but it has universal themes of self-acceptance and letting go of what may not be. It is something that is applicable to anyone, no matter your age. If you cannot watch the movie, at least listen to the theme song:

Letting go is hard for all of us. We are constantly burdened by what we cling to. It may be something that happened in our past, so we cling to the memory and are continuously punished by it.

There are so many things that burden each and every one of us. It can be something as simple as giving yourself a hard time because you ate a chocolate while on a strict diet, or something as serious as divorce, loss of a loved one, eviction, or failing to complete your studies.

Whatever it is that is weighing on your shoulders, it is unnecessary to punish yourself mentally or emotionally for something that cannot be undone. It already happened and no amount of worrying will change that.

We spend so much time wishing things were different, or pondering on those inevitable “what if” questions. But we poison our thoughts by doing this. We should rather learn to accept certain things and just let go.

Let Go, Letting go, prosper, College SA

To let go takes courage. It is not giving up, but rather moving on. Let go of your pain, let go of your guilt, let go of stress, let go of criticism, and let go of the past…

Somebody told me the other day that I will never again be as young as I am today. How true is that? Today, each of us are the youngest that we will ever be. Whatever situation you are in or whatever you have been through, you have time to evolve, to dream, to succeed, and to excel.

And what lies before us might be far greater than what we could ever have imagined.

Take a step towards your future that holds possibilities of success, love, happiness and self-acceptance. For it is only by acceptance that we move on. You are still young, no matter your age. The best is yet to come!

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10 Bruce Lee Quotes Every Student Should Read

There have been many kung fu masters, there have been many movie stars, and there have been many kung-fu-master-movie-stars. But none like Bruce Lee. He was one extraordinary human being: philosophical, wise, the pinnacle of human fitness, and a learner throughout his life.

Bruce Lee was exemplary. He worked ceaselessly to realise his full potential (even though he believed that human potential was unlimited). So why shouldn’t you aspire to be just like him in your studies?

Whether you are already midway into your course, or just thinking about starting, you can learn from Bruce Lee: learn never to give up, to always aspire upwards, to work hard, to get the most out of your studies, and to always seek ways to improve yourself.

So for all you students and prospective students out there, here are 10 Bruce Lee quotes that you need to make your own if you want to succeed:

  1. “Remember no man is really defeated unless he is discouraged.” – Bruce Lee

 

  1.  Even today, I dare not say that I have reached a state of achievement.

 

  1. “To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one’s potential.” – Bruce Lee

 

  1. “To spend time is to pass it in a specified manner. To waste time is to expend it thoughtlessly or carelessly. We all have time to either spend or waste and it is our decision what to do with it. But once passed, it is gone forever.” – Bruce Lee

 

A teacher is never a giver of truth

 

  1. “Don’t fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime.” – Bruce Lee

 

  1. “To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.” – Bruce Lee

(So don’t ever think your circumstances are stopping you from studying and becoming a success. Let us help you if you think you don’t have the time, opportunity, or money to study).

  1.  Put 'going the extra mile' to work as part of one's daily habit
  2. “Everything you do, if not in a relaxed state will be done at a lesser level than you are proficient.Thus the tensed expert marksman will aim at a level less than his/her student.” – Bruce Lee

 

      10. “Do not allow negative thoughts to enter your mind for they are the weeds that strangle confidence.” –             Bruce Lee

 

And here is one last bonus quote for everyone that ever felt like just giving up on their studies. I couldn’t resist including it – even though it is not a Bruce Lee quote, but a quote about Bruce Lee.

One of Lee’s former students, Stirling Silliphant, tells this story:

 

Bruce Lee Story

 

Bruce Lee was a university student himself before becoming famous. And it was because of his go-getter, live-life- to-the-fullest philosophy that he could succeed in life the way he did.

So don’t ever think that you aren’t able to succeed in your studies, and in life in general. At College SA, we believe, just like Bruce Lee, that everyone has the potential for greatness. You just need to realise that there is always more that you can be – a new level to reach and exceed.

Keeping up with the Kardashians … and your studies

When it comes to the Kardashians, people either love them or hate them.

I watch every single episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians. I personally think that Kris Jenner, mother of the famous Kardashian siblings, is a marketing and branding genius. She has somehow managed to make Kim and her entire family one of the biggest “brands” and names in the entertainment world. This did not happen by chance at all. This was planned, strategised, and carefully orchestrated.

I think that the Kardashian/Jenner family makes for entertaining viewing. I also love the fact that Kim Kardashian has helped the world to appreciate curvaceous women. I find her love for Kanye West very endearing, and I love the way that the Kardashians embrace and stand up for interracial relationships.

As a brand, the Kardashians are extremely successful. You can be sure that you will see at least one member of the Kardashian clan in a magazine or on TV. Even if you do not like them, they have made their mark and there is no escaping them.

It may be difficult to balance your favourite TV shows, your sports, your day job, or whatever else requires your attention, with your studies. Balance is something that I personally struggle with (not to mention my star sign is Libra!).

Just like you, I studied via distance learning. One of the hardest things about it was trying to balance everything with my studies.

Change your studying environment

Here are some tips to balance your life and your studies:

  • Make studying a habit – incorporate studying as part of your everyday routine.
  • Think about the content of your studies on a regular basis, whether it is on the train, while you are taking a walk, or while you are sitting around the breakfast table. Sometimes being away from the books can help you to really grasp important concepts.
  • Try to see your studies as a part of your life, as opposed to being a separate entity that you need to make time for.
  • Talk about the subject material. Bring it up in conversations and use it in your everyday life.
  • Change locations. Studying in the same place can get boring. If it is a sunny day, take your books to the park, the beach, or somewhere else where you can be comfortable. Don’t associate your studies with a dull and boring environment.
  • Take the things you love and tie them into your studies. For example, look at the Kardashians from a business perspective, rather than seeing them simply as a form of entertainment.
  • Give yourself a day off. Don’t try to study every single day. Make sure to take a break and relax – even if it is over a weekend.
  • Schedule your studies for a time when you are calm, have eaten, and are at your most focused.
  • Get excited about your studies. Do extra research, read books, and become engaged in the subject matter.
  • Don’t see studying as a chore, see it as an adventure.

People are recognizing that I am an entrepreneur and do more than be on a reality TV show.”

–          Kim Kardashian