WHY FAILING MATRIC ISN’T THE END OF THE WORLD

First of all, let me personally congratulate you on making it this far! Matric isn’t everything, it’s important to remember that. You’ve made it through (at least) twelve years of successful schooling to ultimately be here.

According to the South African Department of Education (in a press statement that can be found here), almost half of students who enrol for grade 2 fail to make it to their grade 12 examinations. Thus you’ve surpassed almost half of all learners by simply making it to your matric examinations!

So, CONGRATULATIONS!

As someone who has recently been disappointed by their matric results you need to start considering your options for 2016. Thus along with this blog post from 2015, you have these three main options to consider:

  • Retake the grade 12 examination

You should first consider enrolling for the supplementary examinations which will take place early during 2016. If you feel that you will be well-enough prepared by then, you should definitely enrol for these exams, as it will mean that you receive your matric certificate earlier than all the other options. You will find more information about the supplementary examinations on the Department of Education’s website. Alternatively you can enrol at your local high school for the whole year. This will give you the opportunity to do a more in-depth study of your subjects, while also being thoroughly prepared for the examination in November. You can also enrol at a post-matric school/college that will allow you to do your studies part time, making time for a part-time job and other activities.

  • Enter the job market

If re-enrolling for matric is not an option for you and you want to get started on your career, then this is a great alternative. Because you have no matric certificate or tertiary education, you’re almost guaranteed to start at the bottom in whatever career you wish to pursue. But with hard work and perseverance, you can reach the top too. While it might take you longer to get to the position you want than someone with a tertiary education, you won’t be spending all your time at school and will rather be building up a technical background and sufficient experience.

  • Further your education

Now, let me tell you, contrary to what your parents, your educators, your friends might have been telling you throughout your life: YOU DO NOT NEED MATRIC TO FURTHER YOUR EDUCATION. Institutions, such as College SA, makes it easy for someone without matric to become qualified. These institutions believe that everyone should be given a second chance when it comes to improving themselves and building towards a successful future. This is why so many of their courses are readily available no matter what your skill level or qualification. Some are available as full-time studying courses. Others are available as distance learning courses, where you can study from home, or while you have a full-time career.

I hope that, after reading these options, you do realise that this one failure does not define you. Perseverance is what will ultimately make you as a person and set you on the right track.

No matter which direction you choose to pursue throughout 2016, I am sure that you will succeed in everything you set your mind to.

 

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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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The Time is Now

“There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela

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Have you ever looked at your life and wondered why you still do not have the career you wanted, why you aren’t driving a better car or live in a house you always thought you would have by now?

There are many reasons why we “get stuck” in certain stages/phases of our lives. It can be something serious, such as dealing with emotional problems that may stem from a series of things – You might have lost somebody close to you, maybe you were bullied, or maybe you were abused.

Sometimes we are stuck in a career because we do not possess the necessary skills to be promoted, or we cannot afford to buy a new car because we might have other obligations, such as our children’s school fees. Whatever the reason may be that you feel you are not moving forward in life, I have some advice for you.

You might have heard the saying “there is no better time than the present”. I could not agree more. Every so often we tell ourselves the reason why we cannot recover from emotional pain, financial loss, or get a new job is that we feel it is going to take too much work and effort. And yes, it may take a lot of time, work, or effort, but it will be worth it!

It is never too late to become who you were supposed to be, and as the wise Karen Lamb said: “In a year from now you will wish you started today”.

No regrets, College SA

Let go of your past and have the courage to do something that will help you achieve what you were destined to accomplish. So instead of feeling unaccomplished and unhappy in your career, get up and do something about it. Study a course that will help you to get promoted or embark on a new career path. Sometimes the confidence that we receive from a life-changing career is all we need to turn our lives around.

Let go of all the negativity and emotional baggage. The time is now to take back your life! Take back what is yours, and take back what was always supposed to be yours. We all deserve to be happy and live a prosperous life. So make it happen!

That being said, if you want something to happen, you should prepare for it. You should not sit around and wait for something to happen, or wait for somebody to come along and do it for you. No! Look in the mirror and you will see that what you need to succeed is already there. It always was!

“The mental and physical space we create by letting go of things that belong in our past gives us…the option to fill the space with something new.” – Susan Fay West

Choosing to Take a Leap of Faith

Some of the best things that people have acquired in their lives have occurred because they have taken a leap of faith. Decision-making can be extremely difficult, and it is never easy to know which direction to take.

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I personally find it very hard to make decisions. I am probably one of the most indecisive people out there. It takes me nearly half an hour to decide on something simple, such as which cold drink to buy, or what to order off a menu. Every time I make a decision, I try to contemplate the outcome, and I worry that I am making the wrong choice.

If making these small decisions is stressful for me, you can only imagine how I cope with bigger and more important decisions!

As you get older, there seems to be increasingly bigger and more important decisions to be made. I guess this is a part of growing up! Unlike deciding on which chocolate to buy, “grown up” decisions carry more responsibility, as there is more at stake.

I know that many people, like me, would rather avoid making decisions altogether, so as to avoid all the stress that accompanies it. Unfortunately, we can’t go through life with our heads buried in the sand. If you keep avoiding and ignoring a decision that needs to be made, the situation may just get worse, and you may even let a great opportunity slip through your fingers.

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I have come to the realisation that although some levels of apprehension is healthy when making decisions, too much anxiety can become counter-productive.

Sometimes you just need to go with your gut feeling and take a leap of faith.

If you are in the process of deciding whether or not to study, be comforted by the thought that there are many people who are grappling with this same decision, weighing up the different options and outcomes, and considering every single “if” “but” and “maybe”.

The truth is that no matter how hard we try, we will never be able to predict our future. Although it is wise to make an informed decision, there is no point in stressing about all the “what ifs” in life.

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Sometimes when you are stuck with a difficult decision, it is best to simply take a leap of faith. Go with your gut feeling, and do what feels right.

Take that leap of faith, and register with College SA today!

The time is now

I must admit that I used to get annoyed when people made statements like, “There is no better time than the present” and, “Life goes by so quickly – do things you enjoy.” I used to see it as people trying to throw advice at me. Now I understand that they were only trying to help me.

 

As I get older, I am starting to realise that the present is all we really have. If we use this knowledge to our advantage, we can achieve something worthwhile. Many of the highly successful people in the world are only successful because they acted at the right time. Timing can be a determining factor when it comes to success and failure.
The older I get, the more quickly time seems to fly by. I remember how a year used to feel like such a long time. Nowadays, a year goes by so fast that it is over in the blink of an eye – another birthday, another Valentine’s Day, and another Christmas all come and go so quickly.

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If we’re not careful, life passes us by while we spend most of our time thinking about doing things, instead of actually doing the things we want to do. I am a very indecisive person, which means that it takes me a long time to make up my mind to do something.
These sentiments make me realise that we do only have the present, and that putting things off does not help. The list of things we want to do just keeps growing until we end up doing none of it because it has all become too overwhelming.

 
As you read this, you are the youngest that you will be for the rest of your life. Make the most of it. Do the things you want to do. Don’t just work hard: enjoy life; take a walk in nature; go on a holiday; find the things that really matter to you and do more of them.
If you are thinking about studying, make that call to a student registrar. Do not wait until it becomes just another passing thought. Acting now is what is going to make your dreams come true.

It's time to start living the life you've imagined.

The New Year is Upon Us

Hi there Dear Readers,

Today’s beautiful blog post has been written by a very dear colleague. This woman emanates strength, beauty, radiance and compassion. I am really grateful that she agreed to write a post for our blog. It is an absolute honour to know and to spend time with this truly awesome woman.

Here is her article …

There are so many articles out there that tell you how to change your life and ready yourself for the New Year. Then there are the almost endless inspirational quotes. I find that when I read them, I feel inspired for about an hour or so, and then I fall back into my old routine (you’ll see that I have included two quotes in this article. These are the ones that actually stuck with me). The thing is, I don’t really commit myself to changing or making my life more fulfilled. Nothing reminds me daily of the success I could reach if I just tried a bit harder. I feel the need to do so, but I don’t have the drive to follow through. I think some people just find this easier than most.

I have had some pretty hard times in my life, and this has certainly taken its toll on my confidence. People don’t need to know me well to notice this. Over the years I have slowly but surely worked on getting this confidence that people around me just seem to have. In the process I have noticed that so many people have the same problem, even if it is just momentary.

The thing that does help is to just force yourself to take control. It might not feel very good at first, but in time you get used to it and it becomes easier. It’s almost like programming yourself to think differently. By taking small steps every day, you can become that person you dream of being.

I know it sounds like one of those quotes I was talking about that belongs on a poster, but it’s not. For me it’s a daily struggle, and like anything that you work hard at, it’s worth it. No matter what your goal is, it will feel great to accomplish it. Nothing can replace that feeling for me. It’s a strong emotional response that’s almost equal to love. In this case you love yourself and you make yourself into someone you love even more.

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I recently started studying. At first this felt strange, since I had not studied in 8 years, but after a while (and some forced motivation) it got easier. I also had great help from my tutors, who keep me going no matter how I feel.

When I wanted to study it felt natural to study through College SA, since I work there, and it has been a pleasure, with their help of course.  I also feel really good whenever I finish an assignment. That great feeling fills me and inspires me to go on and do more.

I want you to take that step. Start with something small. Even if it is to drink more water every day, or something simple like that. Or do something big.  If you have a job and you feel you could be better at it if you tried harder, do it! You can’t lose anything by at least trying.

Do it today.

My message to the woman who wrote this article:

Thank you for your beautiful words. Thank you for gentleness and kindness. Thank you for how you treat those around you. Thank you for your wonderful laughter. Thank you for being YOU.