“You cannot connect dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” Steve Jobs.
Doing an internship has to be one of the most exciting yet the scariest thing a student has to do. I am studying Transport Management and as part of my work placement I was given the opportunity to do my internship at A Van Der Walt Transport in Swakopmund. I started out on a contract of 4 months and this was later extended to a temporary employee contract earlier this year.
I am a postgraduate student and I honestly believed at postgraduate level, working in groups would be as easy as pie because everyone is now a mature student and they understand the importance of obtaining this qualification, right? Well, I was wrong! It still comes with a lot of headaches. Accommodating people's bloated egos and your own too, LOL, is not a walk in the park. Be that as it may, I have learnt to appreciate the beauty that comes with it. It is an opportunity to network and build new professional relationships.
I have never been the type of student who got distinctions, not even an A candidate in high school, but because of determination I pressed on and made it to University and I am now doing my 3rd year. I failed and rose again. I never let the thought of giving up or drop out pass my mind.
It is important that students have passion in their school work in order to excel. I believe passion devotes students to their schoolwork, bringing out all the energy that helps them to stay focused and keeps them away from distractions.
Having passion is as good as a journey navigated on the GPS, because the journey inevitably reaches its destination.
Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if there was no social media? Can you remember the good old days when you were too young to care about how many virtual friends/followers you got because you cared more about making real friends?
I have often heard people say politics is a dirty game. Many a times when l try to engage fellow students in dialogue they are quick to show boredom; Why did you choose Public Management they ask. Why not pick something more understandable like Accounting or HR? Well…
This is my story:
In the 3rd. grade, a girl called Liz and the other kids would laugh at me whenever I said the word “CHOCOLATE”. They would rub it in my face that I could not pronounce tʃɒk(ə)lət/ or “choklat” like normal people do. It didn’t matter that I was generally good at reading and writing or that I got praise from my teacher for being the best in diction that darn word CHOCOLATE always got in the way.
Being a student often times means good health is not a top-of-the-list priority – class attendance, assignments, tests, exams, having a social life- take centre stage. Funds are limited and there is little to no time to look after numero uno. Worry not because there are actually ways to maintain your health without spending all your precious money on gym membership, exotic detoxing herbs and exorbitant doctor’s appointments.
Avoid regular alcohol intake