Paving the road to the future
Written by: Asithandile Sinazo Gqozo - Junior Financial Planning & Insurance lecturer.
World Student Day is celebrated every year on 15 October, the birthday of the late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, to acknowledge his contribution to education and honour students around the globe. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was an educationist, scientist, public speaker and president, and he taught us that although life is full of challenges, we can overcome every obstacle with education.
Education plays an integral role in the development of a person, communities, and society as whole. Education is not only about attaining knowledge, but it also involves applying what we have learnt to our context in a way that improves our own lives and the lives of those around us. At Milpark, we believe students are the future, and we aim to support and celebrate those who want to further their education in an effort to make a difference to the world.
Student life comes with many challenges, such as socio-economic difficulties, which make it difficult for students to focus on their studies. It is important not to allow these difficulties to determine our path, and to seek solutions to overcome them, and to persevere and remain positive in the knowledge that we are not alone. Ask for help, and make yourself available to support your peers –constructive interactions with a learning community play a critical role in overcoming the challenges associated with studying. Thoughts often become a reality, so it is crucial to remain positive and to remember that William Shakespeare said, “Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
Time management is another challenge that students face, especially when they are juggling their studies with family and work responsibilities. Managing time in a practical manner will ensure that you lead a well-balanced life, with lower stress levels and increased productivity. Working smarter will mean that you are more focused and intentional about how use your time to accomplish the tasks you need to.
Tips on how to manage your time:
- Plan your week in advance.
- Make a to-do list – tick off tasks as you complete them.
- Prioritise and keep track of your time – Focus on the most important and urgent tasks first.
- Avoid procrastinating – it is the biggest thief of time.
- Get a good night’s sleep to avoid feeling tired and to be energised for the next day.
- Celebrate milestones before moving on to the next task.
To all our wonderful and brilliant students: Happy World Student’s Day! Make some time to interact with other students and celebrate your continued efforts on this education journey.
14 Oct 2021