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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Are you naked?

Most of us hate the thought of being naked.

Naked usually means to be without clothes.

Are you naked?

 

But naked can refer to being truly ‘you’ – the ‘you’ that is more real than fake happy Facebook status updates.

Do you know what you look like naked?

 

Who are you really?

 

It is not easy to find out who we really are. Most of us never truly figure that out. 

Hopefully, while we are figuring out who we are, we get to some level of self-acceptance. Part of that self-acceptance means accepting that not everybody is going to love us or accept us.

And that is okay too.

What I have learned

Many years ago I came across a truly amazing piece of writing that has really stuck in my head. It speaks about emotional nakedness.

I would like to end today’s chat with these words. It’s quite long – so I apologise for this. But, I think that these words are really, really powerful.

The author is Oriah Mountain Dreamer, and the extract comes from her novel, The Invitation. I hope that you will find something in these words that speaks to you:

 

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.

I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are.

I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love,for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon.

I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain!

I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true.

I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty even when it’s not pretty, every day, and if you can source your own life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes!”

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have.

I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here.

I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.

I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

Tortoise Power (Yes, really … )

Some of you might know about an old story (or fable) that speaks about a race between a Tortoise and a Hare.

 

Tortoise and the Hare

 

The story starts off by introducing us to the Hare (really just a bunny rabbit). The Hare challenges his friend, the Tortoise, to a race.

Everyone predicted that the Hare (I am going to call him The Bunny) would win the race.

Look at the picture below and ask yourself which one of the two would win a speed race:

The race

 

Any logical person would pick the Bunny to win, right?

Well, the Bunny did NOT win the race. The Tortoise won the race.

Who won the race

 

How did a tortoise beat a bunny in a race?

 

This is why the Bunny LOST the race:

  • The Bunny was over-confident even before the race started – he did not even consider the possibility that he might lose;
  • The Bunny was arrogant – he mocked the Tortoise and made other ‘people’ laugh at the Tortoise;
  • The Bunny, because he was so over-confident, made silly decisions during the race – during the race he stopped to get something to eat, and after that, he actually took a nap under a tree;
  • The Bunny didn’t even think about checking where the Tortoise was during the race – he was completely oblivious to anything going on around him;
  • The Bunny lost all focus during the race;
  • The Bunny allowed himself to become very distracted during the race;
  • The Bunny took too many breaks during the race.

 

This is why the Tortoise WON the race:

  • The Tortoise was not afraid to accept a challenge;
  • The Tortoise did not run away when the other ‘people’ mocked him when he accepted the challenge;
  • The Tortoise believed that he was capable of participating in the race;
  • The Tortoise was realistic about his abilities – he knew he was slower, BUT, he also knew that he had more perseverance than the Bunny;
  • The Tortoise knew that in order to finish the race (never mind win the race) that he had to believe in himself;
  • The Tortoise did not take the other competitor (the Bunny) for granted;
  • The Tortoise did not allow himself to lose focus during the race;
  • The Tortoise did not allow himself to quit during the race ;
  • The Tortoise had perseverance. 

 

Perseverance

 

 

In life, one of the greatest skills to have is perseverance. 

 

Perseverance is directly linked to success:

 

How to be successful

 

Another way of understanding perseverance is by the attitude of never giving up – no matter what.

 

Keep moving

 

At College SA, we completely understand that the ‘race’ of life can be challenging.

 

WE believe in YOU. We will be by your side during your entire education journey. We will support you, encourage you and help you.

 

Be bold – enter the ‘race’ (start studying)

 

Find a course that interests you.

 Together with YOUR PERSEVERANCE, we will help you successfully pass your course

 

Don’t be afraid to be a Turtle. Turtle Power!!

Turtle Power

Beyond Excited …

You know that feeling when you are so excited …. you can’t sleep / you giggle uncontrollably / you have butterflies in your tummy?

 

Well that’s how we are all feeling at College SA … BEYOND EXCITED!!!

 

College SA is Excited

 

 

I’ve known about this for a while, but I didn’t want to say anything until the moment is right …. but now I’m going to share the news with you. I hope you are sitting down …..

 

The good news

 

This week, at College SA, we are starting to introduce (FREE) Online Classrooms to our amazing students!!!!

 

We are going to start off by offering these Facilitator-led online classrooms to all our CIMA students, and soon, all of our Students will have access to this great study benefit.

Exciting things happening at College SA

What is an online classroom?

An online classroom is a place where our (Home Study) students can interact with each other, with a Facilitator, and with their Lecturers – no matter where in the world everybody lives.

 

It is a digital classroom. In other words, a classroom without walls or any borders. All you need is a cellphone or a computer.

 

Online classroom

 

In these online classrooms, Students will be able to share their learning experiences with each other. The Facilitators will encourage and guide relevant discussions and debates.

Our Students will be able to really engage with their study material with the help of their fellow students.

 

You can be absolutely anywhere – even on the beach – and you can be part of the great learning experiences of an online classroom.

study anywhere

It’s a brilliant form of learning – collaborating and discussing. An online classroom makes sure that Students stay focussed, stay in touch, and that they are constantly engaging with their studies and their assignments.

 

An online classroom allows Students to make contact with other students – just like in a chatroom.

 

When you are part of an online classroom, you get to hear about the real-life experiences of your fellow students. Our Facilitators will encourage our Students to share their understanding and their exploration of the different topics that are being covered.

 

What is also fantastic is that the online classroom will be a place where Students can share resources, tips, techniques, guides and helpful information.

Each subject will have its own online classroom group.

 

The Facilitator and Lecturers will get our Students to take part in fun activities and useful assignments – and Students will be able to compare results and to discuss things with their fellow learners.

 

An online classroom is a fun, social and interactive way to get even MORE out of your studies. An online classroom means that our Students will be more much ACTIVE as they acquire new knowledge, and as they expand and refine their understanding of their learning outcomes.

 

College SA has always been proud of being a Distance Learning College – our Students come from everywhere and anywhere. And now, College SA is pioneering the way in improving how Distance Learning works.

 

Many Students say that they are scared to study alone – now, with our online classrooms, our Students won’t have to worry about that at all!

 

We think that this is absolutely amazing – and we could not have done this without our friends and partners, Together We Pass.

 

So … watch this space as we keep you posted about our online classrooms.

 

Sometimes life is just so exciting – and I am honoured to be part of this education revolution. 

Life is exciting

3 Ways to feel happier, guaranteed!

Hi there to you all,

 

Happiness is one of the best emotions that we can feel. There is no perfect definition of ‘happiness’, but we all know what happiness is when we do (or don’t) feel it.

 

Be happy

 

“Happiness is when what you THINK, what you SAY, and what you DO are in complete harmony” [As said by my hero, Gandhi].

 

One of my personal goals for this year is to spend more time being happy.

 

1) ONLY spend time with people who make you feel good, respected and loved. 

Laugh with your friends

 

As much as possible, we should spend time with people who make us feel good about ourselves. People who want us to be happy and positive. Be in the company of people who make you smile, in fact, that make you laugh so much that your jaws start to hurt.

 

2) Find something that YOU enjoy doing, and do it!

Do something you enjoy

 

I’m willing to bet that most of us can think of things we would love to do IF we just had the time. It can be anything – walking your dog / painting / ice skating / swimming / eating ice cream ….

Spending even just 30 minutes a week doing something you enjoy is certainly going to help you to feel happier.

Don’t just talk about it – do it!

There-are-only-two-days

 

 

3) Be kind and helpful

I know it sounds a bit corny, but spending time helping others really does make us feel better.

Knowing that we have helped somebody (even in a really small way) makes us feel good. 

Be kind today 

You don’t have to be Mother Theresa to be helpful.

simple kindness

 

‘Help’ and ‘kindness’ can take many forms:

  • Volunteering at your local library;
  • Donating some food / resources to a charity of your choice;
  • Helping an elderly person carry their parcels;
  • Writing a letter to somebody you know is going through a tough time and telling them that you are there for them;
  • Giving somebody a hug and telling them how special they are.

 

acts of kindness

 

 

So, those were my top 3 tips to feeling happier. I really hope that you try them out and that they work for you.

Inspiration Ideas:

By the way …. if you would like some inspiration about hobbies or creative things you would like to get involved with, why don’t you take a look at the great hobbyist courses offered by College SA?

We have everything from Interior Decorating to Web Design courses. Who knows … your new hobby could become your new career!!!

 

 

That’s all for today. Wishing you lots of laughter and happiness,

Your friends at College SA.

Matric Results are in …

I want us to think about how it makes a person feel when they find out that they have failed Matric.

 

Finding out that you have failed Matric must be one of the worst kinds of bad news to get.

Failing matric

It is incredibly tragic that some kids even resort to committing suicide when they find out that they have failed Matric.

 

I am not going to deny that getting a Matric is important. However, we need to be real about the fact that most people in this country do NOT have a Matric. And, there are still options available for people who failed Matric, or who never got a Matric.

 

I want to say that again – there ARE options for people who do not have a Matric.

If you did not get a Matric, please do not feel that your life is over. That is not true.

If you, or somebody you know somebody failed their Matric / didn’t get a Matric, please read and share the information on these College SA web pages with them:

 

  • For people who are older than 23, and who never completed Matric, CLICK HERE

 

  • For people who were in Matric in the last 2 years, but did not complete Matric, CLICK HERE

 

  • For people who did pass Matric, but they would like better marks, CLICK HERE

 

  • For people who recently left school and did not complete Matric, CLICK HERE

 

  • For people who left school a long time ago and who never completed Matric, CLICK HERE

 

No matter what your Matric results are like, please don’t feel shy to chat to us about what you would like to study. At College SA, we want everybody to be able to improve their lives. If you would like more information about what your study options are [even if you don’t have a Matric], then please contact our Student Registration Department. Our kind and caring Student Registrars will be able to answer all of your questions.

 

 

Take care of yourselves.