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ay surely brought along an atmoDESIGN & LAYOUT: sphere of joy…and stress at the Skhumbuzo Mtshali same time. It’s obvious what king CONTIBUTORS: of stress many of us are going through at this moment in time and it would be useful to Katlego Mkhwanazi revise through the lessons we need to apply Mbalenhle Zondi Sithandiwe Ndaba towards effective studying. Page 7 shares a Neo Manganye few tips on how to keep your head above the water during this ‘mid year crisis’. Even durTO ADVERTISE ing this study period, Wits students were email@example.com able to experience a bit of fun as the WALE 072 248 4434 festivities flooded Braamfontein. Read more on this exciting festival on page 1. Something SUBSCRIPTION: else that can bring your mood up during this SEND YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS OR CELL stressful time is staying true to your fashion NUMBER TO sense. UP students show off how clothes firstname.lastname@example.org can bring out the best in people in a dread- FACEBOOK ful situation on page 11. There are many other various ways that can help you balance out Micampus magazine the exam stress-one of those is spending time TWITTER flipping through the mag (you never know @micampus what surprises are in store for you) Enjoy
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By: Standiwe Ndaba
its University had its annual art and literature experience festival which ran from the 11th -14th May. The festival which has become part and parcel of Wits was launched 4 years ago with an aim of celebrating art, literature and intellectual achievements of the university’s community. The WALE festival show cased the talent of the university students, alumni and staff to the wide audience of the city of Johannesburg. The festival kicked off with a colorful parade that begin on West campus right across to Jorrison Street, were the parade participants were welcomed by spectators who waved and sang along to the songs played by the brass band. It was an awesome event that befitted the prestige WALE festival. The action packed programme featured creative works of great artists who entertained attendees with music performances, drama,
discussion seminars, literature reviews, and film. The programme catered to all different art and literature preferences. Professor Tawana Kupe who came up with the idea of WALE explained that the festival’s programme was constructed to ensure collaboration as well as laid out the red carpet to the rest of Johannesburg to come and experience the festival of color and great energy.
FESTIVAL’S PROGRAMME WAS CONSTRUCTED TO ENSURE COLLABORATION AS WELL AS LAID OUT THE RED CARPET TO THE REST OF JOHANNESBURG TO COME AND EXPERI ENCE THE FESTIVAL OF COLOR AND GREAT ENERGY.
AN AIM OF CELEBRATING ART, LITERATURE AND INTELLECTUAL ACHIEVEMENTS TO RECAP ON SOME OF THE ITEMS THAT TOOK PLACE DURING THE FESTIVAL: Sexcetera Directed by Phyllis Klotz. The play aimed at exploring each artists own sexual fantasy. Khumbul.Ekhaya Directed by Sthembiso Khalishwayo. The play took the audience on a journey of one who is troubled, dealing with demons that possess and enslave one in the city and how the individual finds a way out by going back home. The actors used dance to interpret their feelings to the audience. WITS COMPOSERS IN PROFILE: Cameron Harris.
The item featured great South African and International musician and artists. The first performance was done by Hanli Stapela a world renowned soprano who performed the song titled: â€œSong from the land of the broken stringâ€? together with Jill Richards a talented and respected pianist. The music programme ended on a high note when two talented artists IIke Alexander and Bongile Lecoge-Zulu played the flutes to round off the evening. In all the WALE 0.4 was a success though the organizers still need to do more work on promoting the festival to students and the community at large in order to increase its relevance and significance.
t’s interesting to find out what it is that students get up to when not in lectures. On the main campus of the University of Pretoria there are several chill spots that students can hang out at. Some chill at those spots to catch up with friends. Some to hook up with their lovers, while others just use it as an opportunity to process their 35% fail mark. Others just prefer studying in the sun, out in the open, instead of the looming library walls. -1“If I’m not at the library, then I’m chilling on the lawn because its quiet there and you can hear yourself think and you can study,” said Sharon Lukhele, BA (Own choice). -2- If students are not dosing off in lectures then they are probably part of the bigger social gathering at the student centre. The student centre is situated next to most of the food outlets on campus. There are chairs and tables for students to sit and eat and sometimes study. “I like chilling with friends at the student centre because that is where we refresh our minds,” said Katlego Thutse, who is studying Animal Science.
By: Katlego Mkhwanazi
OTHERS JUST PREFER STUDYING IN THE SUN, OUT IN THE OPEN, INSTEAD OF THE LOOMING LIBRARY WALLS.
-3- The best place to chill at during winter is the Piazza stairs, aka “Sunnyside” because of the amazing, but harsh (during summer) sunlight. -4- But for those students who prefer to just want to be alone. Where the only background sound is birds singing. Then there is the lawn behind the theology building. That is the perfect spot to catch up on some prescribed reading that one might’ve bailed on because of a certain “Thirsty Thursday” evening. -5- For those students who want to take a break from studying in the library, there are benches outside the library, aka “Marabastad”, where students meet up for study groups or group assignments. This may sound very impressive, but the truth is those benches end up being used for casual chats.
STUDY TIPS FOR EXAMS
All work and no play makes Jack a makes Jack a silly boy...
DULL boy, all play and no work
HERE ARE SOME EXAM TIPS THAT COULD HELP YOU COPE BETTER DURING THIS TIME. 1. Plan your time well to include studying, revision and any social commitments, remember: all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, all play and no work makes Jack a silly boy, so learn to BALANCE 2. Use multi-coloured text mapping (mind map) 3. Avoid stressful people: during exam week try to avoid studying with your super-tense friend, who keeps stressing about the amount of work that they have to get through; their stress will only add on to your stress. On the day of the exam, try to avoid contact with any ‘perky’ friends who know everything and probably started preparing for the exams in January. 4. Skim through your textbook and reading material in order to get an overview of your subject. t’s that time of the year again that most students dread: being locked away in a 5. Learn how to draft a to-do list and think about each item quiet room for hours on end and frantito a place on your list. You may find that you do not need to cally trying to memorize the info that they cover certain parts of the work because you will not be tested may be tested on. Depending on your on them study method and your ability to quickly grasp the ideas - this could take you 6. Do post exam papers to get an idea of what the format of hours, days, weeks…or even MONTHS to the exam will be. get through. 7. Choose a comfortable place to study in and ensure that it Mid-year examinations can be really stress- is free from distractions and has proper lighting. ful; however, thorough preparation gives you confidence and the assurance that 8. Force yourself to take breaks: for every hour or two that you will get the grades you want. you work, give yourself a 10-20 minute break. You can do anyBY: MBALENHLE ZONDI
thing you want; check facebook, call a friend, check out that hottie sitting nearby or even take a power nap. 9. During the exam make sure you arrive at the venue at least 30 minutes early. 10. Read the questions thoroughly and make sure that you understand what is being asked of you, if you are not sure ASK
avoid studying with your super-tense friend.
11. After the exam try NOT to compare notes with your friends regarding the exam and what the possible answers could be, because you will slit your wrists unnecessarily. Just forget about that paper and move on to the next one.
Keslie-Ann Parker (2nd year Bcom Accounting)
Remember to BREATHE, EAT HEALTHY and EXERCISE.
HERE’S HOW SOME UJ STUDENTS ARE PREPARING FOR THE EXAMS Nomcebo (3rd year BA Audiovisual Communications)
“I study by making use of diagrams in order to summarize all the work. Each chapter would have its own diagram in order to summarize it, and then I highlight the important things” Bethulia Sefahamela and Phindile Ndhlovu (1st year LLB Law)
“When I study I make use of mind maps and I make summaries of my notes” Andreas Georghion (3rd year BA Audiovisual Communication)
“We usually summarize our notes and also use multi-coloured highlighters for mind maps” Siphesihle Malinga (3rd year BA Humanities)
“I make summaries, highlighting the most fundamental points. I also make rhymes for the main concepts and try to relate them to real-life examples”
“When I study I usually make summaries of the main points and I also use past exam papers so that I can get an idea of how the paper will be set”
By: Mbalenhle Zondi
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By: Katlego Mkhwanazi
very year students move into res, without the knowledge of the people they’ll be living with. Everyone is from a different background and is expected to tolerate the different people they came across. This can be seen as an opportunity for one to broaden their views and knowledge on different cultures…. Or it can be regarded as a barrier that can make communication difficult. “Getting used to different cultures is refreshing, but it can be over-whelming,” said Hymne Koen, a Bcom Human Resources student and resident in res. Res can be seen as the ‘melting pot of accommodation’ because of the different races, nationalities and cultures that come together under one roof. For some students living in res can be a huge culture shock. One finds students who grew
up on farms or rural areas forced to get along with students who grew up in the city. Some students grew up in very conservative homes and then find themselves sharing a room with “wild-child” students. In many cases dif-
“GETTING USED TO DIFFERENT CULTURES IS REFRESHING, BUT IT CAN BE OVERWHELMING,” ferences are set aside for the sake of peace-and in the end they realize that they are more similar than different. In other instances differences may be hard to overlook and as a result, conflict may arise. This usually happens with roommates who just can’t get along. Some of the complaints that house committees deal with are: roommates playing their music loud while the other one is studying. Others
are roommates who are extremely untidy. These are the general problems in both male and female residences. Even though people have the perception that female residences are with the most conflicts. “Res students should find a way of dealing with conflicts in res,” said Masentle Ntholeng, who is a former res student. The biggest issue behind conflict is the sharing of space. When you are in res you occasionally have people in your space and that may be annoying if you feel that your space isn’t respected. “Your personal space is invaded, for example, sharing the bathroom,” said Koen. “It’s a huge adaption.” But it’s in the sharing of space where real friends are made. You sometimes have no other choice but to make it work, especially if it’s the face you’ll be waking up to every morning while living in res. Arguments may get heated and may reach boiling points because of differences. But it can’t be denied that res can be a platform for learning, if minds are open and hearts are accept-
A res performance.
“IT’S A HUGE ADAPTION.” BUT IT’S IN THE SHARING OF SPACE WHERE REAL FRIENDS ARE MADE. ing. Living with more than 300 people in a building can be challenging but fun. “In res you always have a group of people there to help you and it feels good to be a part of something big,” said Koen.
By: Standiwe Ndaba
LUCKILY MICAMPUS MAG HAS YOUR INTERESTS AT HEART AND IN THIS ISSUE WE LOOK AT WHAT CAREERS CAN BE FOUND IN THE COMMERCE SECTOR... THIS RESEARCH IS DONE IN ORDER TO HELP YOU (THE PROSPECTIVE STUDENT) MAKE AN INFORMED CAREER CHOICE.
t is said that if you fail to plan, you therefore plan to fail. The same applies when you choose a career, if you fail to plan and do research concerning the career you wish to follow, you will not choose correctly and unfortunately not succeed. Luckily Micamups Mag has your interests at heart and in this issue we look at what careers can be found in the commerce sector, what constitutes to the working environment, such as the dress protocol, and commerce bursaries that are offered by different companies. All this research is done in order to help you (the prospective student) make an informed career choice. A DEGREE IN COMMERCE If one does a degree in commerce it offers the opportunity to specialize in areas such as information systems, accounting, marketing, human resources, insurance, management, computer science, business finance, psychology and law. The Wits university commerce website reports that the study of commerce provides a firm foundation in the content and technique of accounting, business science, law, economics and mathematics, essential to the proper practice of commercial and
accounting skills. What makes up the commerce industry? WORKING ENVIRONMENT AND DRESS PROTOCOL: o two companies are the same. With that said, there is a general dress code across the different career sectors. â€˜Image @ workâ€™ shares advice on how the world of banking and finance tends to be one of the most conservative in business. Though the dress code may differ from company to company the general dress code is a traditional black business suit. In the past a rigid dress code applied in the commerce sector. This included wearing a tie and suit for the men or a matching two piece for the ladies. Times have changednot that formal clothes have been done away with, but the expectations on what you wear have been lessened. Check out the recent dress style in the pictures on the next page: COMMERCE BURSARIES: When applying for bursaries and scholarships, take the following into consideration:
Picturres courtesy of : www.buzzle.com
Bursaries and scholarships do not come by very easy yet a good academic record and extra-mural activity record will do you good when applying for a bursary. Companies who offer scholarships and bursaries want to see that you are a committed and hard working individual who is well rounded. So care to have good results. You’re A’s and B’s.
Bursaries are also awarded to students who are facing financial constrains-this means that lack of funding can no longer be an excuse to further your studies.
tised by government department from time to time.
Apply for bursaries that you meet requirements for. There is no use in applying for a bursary that requires mining students when you wish to pursue commerce studies.
Apply as soon as possible in order to meet the deadline date; most companies do not consider late applications.
Apply to as many companies as possible, so that you increase your chances of receiving a bursary
The internet will be great place to look for bursaries and most university financial offices do have a booklet that contains company that offer bursaries. Good quality newspapers such as City Press, Sunday world and The Citizen do have bursaries adver-
COMPANY WEBSITES THAT OFFER BURSARIES:
Most of these websites are your ‘one- stop- shop’ on all you need to know about tertiary education. http://www.gal.co.za/fm_bursary_start.asp links you to companies such as Anglo American and Price water coopers and Old Mutual. http://www.smartcape.org.za/careers/bursaries-and-scholarships.html http://www.thecareersportal.co.za Check it out for all bursaries: http://universityofjohannesburg.blogspot. com/ www.gradx.co.za www.vuma.co.za AUDITOR GENERAL SOUTH AFRICA AGSA Offers bursaries for students intending to study towards a qualification as a Chartered Accountant (i.e. Bcom Accounting CA Stream, Bachelor of Accounting CA stream and Bcompt) at a University accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountant (SAICA). Qualifications for Grade 12 students: • Must obtain matric exemption and university acceptance • Must obtain at least 60% for English • Must obtain at least 60% for Mathematics (not Maths literacy) Qualifications for University students : • Must obtain over 60% pass in all subjects. • Must be proficient in English with strong communication skills. NATIONAL STUDENT FINANCIAL AID SCHEME NSFAS provides financial aid to tertiary underprivileged students that excel academically. Requirements: Students who require funding have to visit the Financial Aid office of their university and enquire to do so. Applicants also need to have • A certified copy of their ID • Proof of household income, like a pay slip • Certified copies of ID’s or birth certificates of other children studying at school or a higher education level • A letter of acceptance from the university For more information, Telephone: 021 763 3232 E-mail: info(at)nsfas.org.za
By: Neo Manganye
such as Civil Twilight and female band The Arrows are producing superb and enticing tracks that keep the listeners entertained and singing along to the smoothing lyrics of such music. Indie music is about different instruments and high intriguing and appealing notes. A couple of students firmly agree with this as one of the fans Lerato Dumse said this kind of music is appetizing and relaxing at the end of a long and hectic day. She feels that this
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ndie music is making airwaves on radio stations such as Jakaranda and 5fm. Young people are showing interest in a variety of different music as their choices go from listening to hip hop, rock and house music to trying out reggae traditional and cultural music.
music was made for her as she enjoys every little thing about it, from the beats to the lyrics and the interesting combination of sounds.
The third track ‘Be somebody’ from the album Come around sundown by Kings of Leon was also a popular track
The three tracks that proved to be on the playlist of most students were the “DOG DAYS ARE OVER” by the band Florence + The Machine England band whose lead singer is Florence. The Arrows seemed to be of interest to many students and their killer track ‘Lovesick’ received many votes. The song, which is on their album Make Believe, was also nominated in the (South Africa Music Awards) SAMA. The album composes of fun filled tracks that speak about reality but also give out that bumpy vibe.
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amongst the students. All the bands mentioned above are doing the same type of music but have a different and unique twist when coming to producing hit songs. Londiwe Dlomo said the track Be Somebody always makes her day when she is down because it lightens her mood and also inspires her to carry on going and making the most of her days. Some students find music to be entertaining and relaxing, but for some students, music is a learning curve and feeding their curiosity for more knowledge and learning from the experiences of other people. The song that was voted the most is the Lovesick and the music video also makes the song more appealing and fun to watch.
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