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Student Insight……………..……………..………………………

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Interesting and Inspirational Stories……………..……………..

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Bursary and Scholarship Information……………..……………

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Tertiary Institutions and Contact Details……………………….

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FORWARD MESSAGE

Golden Change Foundation engages with high school students on various levels to provide them with impacting peer motivational sessions and career guidance information. The Foundation aims to position itself as a nationally-recognised prolific organisation that upholds social responsibility in all educational spheres. Our activities range from conducting peer motivational sessions to providing students with information pertaining to career guidance and enrolment processes at various tertiary institutions. Our embassy mentoring programmes provide a pipeline for tertiary and high school students to interact, inspire and learn from one another. Through this programme, the Foundation aspires to promote proactive behaviour and encourage learners to foster attitudes that result in academic and leadership excellence. At the Foundation, we place a huge emphasis on the achievement of academic and leadership excellence because we have come to realise the value that society places on the achievement of such excellence and the value that such achievements can contribute towards the sustainable development of various communities. We believe that peer motivation is one of the most powerful tools that society can use to leverage and extract inspiration, drive, engagement and a sense of significance from its members. Our hope at the Foundation is that we can inspire you to embark on a journey of self-discovery – a journey which will help you appreciate that you have limitless potential. Our hope is also that we will be fruitful in helping you realise that your success is truly dependent on your own efforts and that with an abundance of hard work and faith, you can tap into endless possibilities and career opportunities for yourself in future years to come.

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This journal has been compiled to provide you with useful insight and views of a couple of tertiary students across different faculties and institutions across the country regarding:    

Their experiences during high school; Things that they would have done differently if they had the opportunity to relive their high school careers; Their experience of tertiary education Advice for high school students which they believe is important going forward.

The journal also contains brief information about tertiary institutions which are available for students who are reaching the end of their high school career. The list is by no means extensive. We have also included bursary and scholarship information which are still open for Grade 12 students as at date of publication of this journal. Lastly we have included interesting and inspirational educational stories that we hope will entertain and inspire. We wish you all the best for the remainder of the year.

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STUDENT INSIGHT Gomolemo Moloto | Health Sciences Ever since I've become a varsity student I've learned the true meaning of independence. It has also given me the opportunity to look at life in a different way, to know exactly what I want out of life. I remember my Life Science’s teacher in matric telling me that when I get to university I would become a number and nothing more: nobody would beg me to do my assignments or even study for my tests and exams like they do in high school. I have found what has worked for me is making an informed decision with myself that I wouldn't let anything hinder me from my purpose of being in tertiary. My advice to learners going to varsity in future would be to keep grounded and focused at all times because one can easily be misled by the new environment or even the people surrounding them. If I could go back in time and change my matric year, I would definitely study harder and be more focused. However, I am grateful for making it into a university to study a degree called Bachelor of Health Science which will later on enable me to study medicine. I wish all the current and future matric students the best of luck with the future. Remember, that it doesn't matter where you come from what matters is where you want to go and ensuring that you get there.

Goiteseone Boikanyo | Financial Services Moving from high school to varsity came with a lot of changes and lots of responsibilities as well as many decisions!

The first choice which I had to do was to choose a field of study, then I had to take the responsibilities of doing my work and lastly few changes had to be made in terms of working hard, being dedicated etc.

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I have experienced this field of study as the best field if one is not aiming for the CA route because it still allows u to have multiple career choices. I personally love my degree and loving it makes studying worthwhile. Some days are shiny and some days are dark but the fact that I know that I can do this makes me hold on till the days when the sun is shining and the tunnel is full of light.

There are many different subjects that you do during first year of which some I found irrelevant but then getting to second year I got to realise that those irrelevant subjects were just a way of preparing us for the future because you will always be given a task to do which is absolutely irrelevant to your job yet it helps u to develop sum skills which u need to be efficient.

Sleepless nights - I have had many of those! Sleep is what we sacrifice more than anything; but, if u plan better then you will not sacrifice a lot of your sleeping times. Make sure that you plan better in order to sleep enough, especially a day before a test so that ur brain can be active.

At Tuks, you have to earn your degree, Degrees are not given freely: which means working hard and smart and being dedicated and not bunking a single accounting and financial management class. This degree is not for lazy people or smart people but it’s for people who are willing to work hard. In order to be successful in this course, I have experienced that one needs to utilise all the available resources to gain understanding, knowledge and the skills.

Kgomotso Maluleka | International Relations My experience with this course so far is good, simply because it is something I wanted to do. Yes, there are a bit of challenges but I know at the end it will be worth it.

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My advice to school students is that it’s very important to follow your heart when you want to do something. Don’t do something because someone told you to do it. Do what makes u happy even though people around you won’t approve. My quote that i live by the day is: failing at something you love is better than failing at something you don’t like.

Kelefilwe Kungwane | Actuarial Sciences I was drawn to Actuarial Sciences because it is a challenging degree that leads to a very rewarding career. However, I could have never anticipated how big a challenge it would be! In first year we were told that only 9% of our class would qualify as actuaries. That was very intimidating, but a motivation to study hard. My journey hasn't been a walk in the park. I had to find a balance between making new friends and writing tests every week. The workload is intense and the requirements are even more intense. We have to pass with 60% or more to get exempted from certain board exams. I've learned that complaining about how hard it is or how pointless some of the subjects seem will get me nowhere. I have to work hard with the end goal in sight, not forgetting to enjoy the journey. Its a humbling experience. My faith and positive mindset keep me going after every disappointment. Telling myself that I WILL be part of that 9% keeps me going every day.

My advice to high school learners: Do as much research as you can about careers you're interested in and link your aptitude to your interests. The more research you do, the more informed your career choices will be. Once you're in university, learn to adapt asap. Life waits for nobody. A mindset change is as equally important as a lifestyle change. Don't let failure be an option, but be mentally prepared for it. Oftentimes a student coming in with straight As will go into depression after failing their semester test. The worst mistake you

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could ever make is dwelling upon past failures and mistakes. Don't throw in the towel, use it to wipe off the sweat and keep going. The struggles of today prepare you for tomorrow's successes. The quote that I live by: I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.

Phenyo Letlape | Law At first, I thought law was boring, but then, second week of first semester, things started heating up. You get to learn of all these "unexplained theories" of life. The legal jargon…the practical sessions…the people…the lecturers…all thr great people. Advice, if you are interested in learning, staying up to date with current affairs, and obviously, if you are in it for the money, Law is just the thing for you. 8 Andrea Lawrenson | Engineering I find that engineering is very difficult, it pushes you to your limit with every subject you do. I do however have no regrets for taking this degree, I know it's what I enjoy doing and I couldn't imagine doing anything else. I would advise any high school student that thinks they have a chance to do engineering, it will benefit you a lot and as long as you work hard you will be rewarded. I have found that most people that do well are those that enjoy maths and are able to say no to going out now and then. Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

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Hugo Meiring | Computer Science

University is amazing if you simply ensure your attitude is always right and looking out for possibilities and enjoying life. My advice for current matrics would simply be to dream big but don't be perfectionistic about the matter. Simply start implementing your dream without worrying if it will be perfect or not. Perfectionism stops people from trying.

Also remember what is the most important aspects in life for you and don't neglect these aspects. If I could go back I would definitely watch more Khan Academy videos. It will really help with the end exams. Motivation: Remember God will never leave nor forsake you, remember that He loves you even in the darkest hour, He will help you

Lesedi Molokomme | Informatics Varsity is TOUGH, a marathon of tests that turns sleep into a myth. It becomes your LIFE. From the first day of orientation I could already feel that varsity is nothing like high school and not because of the vast amount of work that awaited me but because of the people I met...that made me realise that the world is full of great people, visionaries!!...So what’s going to make my face stand out from the crowd? Your currently in matric (well done for not dropping out after grade 9 heheheh) and the biggest advice I can give to you that I failed to do till I got to varsity is...change your mind set NOW! Start working harder then the hardest working person NOW. As whether you like it or not that matric certificate opens options. Options that allow you to do whatever you love. Don't just settle or apply for a job that will give you most money, because when you get to varsity the only thing that will keep you going (after failing 3 test in a row ) is your passion and love for the job , so to speak.

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With all that said, I'd you to remember that there's 100 000's other people competing to do the same thing as you you'd love to do sooo being average is OVER...you need to work like a slave ... To live likea king.

Ganizo Chilambe | Multimedia My road to Varsity wasn't easy in the slightest. My matric year didn't exactly go the way I wanted it. I performed poorly in my June exams and Varsity didn't even look like an option but I didn't give up. In the third and fourth term, I put everything into my studies and I went from an average of around 56 to 70 with one distinction and missed a second and third by 2 marks. After arriving in Varsity my first year was a hectic adjustment. This is the first real taste of life. There is no one holding your hand anymore. From the moment you enter the premises it is literally sink or swim. I have two pieces of advice for anyone in matric. Firstly, whatever you plan on doing, give it a 110% from the get go. Secondly, at some point there will come a time where you will feel like everything is going against you and there's no hope in sight and giving up looks like the only option. Trust me it will happen just put your head down and power through. It is in moments like that where you discover what your true character is and define the rest of your life.

Ennie Motsepe | Risk Management Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you...you may succeed if nobody else believes in you, but you will never succeed if you don’t believe in yourself. What you picture, in your mind, your mind will go to work to accomplish. When you change your pictures, you attach

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consistently to words "I am� you will become whatever you want to be.

Kidibone Bopape | Quantity Surveying I am from Limpopo, one of the very disadvantaged provinces in South Africa. Being under-privileged did not stop me from becoming who I am today. Anything I found to do I did it with all my pride and the eagerness to see the amazing final product. Throughout high school, I learned that it is a teaching in which there is no despair, instead there is boundless hope, opening the possibility for boundless achievements. Nothing is more crucially important today than the kind of humanistic education which enables us to unlock a brighter future and liberates us from prejudice. Due to differences between people, we tend to make that an excuse and barrier to drive us apart from great opportunities and to take our education to the next level. It is time we took every little opportunity in higher education and the diversity offered today. We should work relentlessly to make sure that our actions match our words of encouragement and dreams. All of this is determined by our attitude. With good characteristics, determination and a great attitude we can break any wall of difficulties. Remember, do not just work hard but set goals and take action to get to where you want to be in life.

Sipho Skhosana | Information Technology As a learner or student you should always be focused, and determined to achieve whatever goal you have set for yourself. The will to achieve, should be bigger than your fear of failure. People cannot do some other things themselves and will tell you that you can’t do it too,

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please just close your ears and eyes, and continue doing what you love to do. Any goal is attainable in life believe yourself and you will always go right. You listen to small minds you become what disappointment finds. Put yourself in the dome of truthful and never need a proof that life is worth living.

Precious Rakgalakane | Social Work The advice that I would give to learners is that you should study hard and smart. Try not to compare yourself with other people. You need to know your background and where you come from so that you do not forget that whatever you do is not about you only. Remember that you might be the only one who can change your family or relatives’ circumstances. Don’t undermine your potential just because you are poor. Always lead by example to both your family and community. If you are prepared you can never fail yourself.

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INTERESTING AND INSPIRATIONAL STORIES KEEP YOUR DREAM | AUTHOR: UNKNOWN I have a friend named Monty Roberts who owns a horse ranch in San Ysidro. He has let me use his house to put on fund-raising events to raise money for youth at risk programs. The last time I was there he introduced me by saying, “I want to tell you why I let Jack use my horse. It all goes back to a story about a young man who was the son of an itinerant horse trainer who would go from stable to stable, race track to race track, farm to farm and ranch to ranch, training horses. As a result, the boy’s high school career was continually interrupted. When he was a senior, he was asked to write a paper about what he wanted to be and do when he grew up. “That night he wrote a seven-page paper describing his goal of some day owning a horse ranch. He wrote about his dream in great detail and he even drew a diagram of a 200-acre ranch, showing the location of all the buildings, the stables and the track. Then he drew a detailed floor plan for a 4,000-square-foot house that would sit on a 200-acre dream ranch. “He put a great deal of his heart into the project and the next day he handed it in to his teacher. Two days later he received his paper back. On the front page was a large red F with a note that read, `See me after class.’ “The boy with the dream went to see the teacher after class and asked, `Why did I receive an F?’ “The teacher said, `This is an unrealistic dream for a young boy like you. You have no money. You come from an itinerant family. You have no resources. Owning a horse ranch requires a lot of money. You have to buy the land. You have to pay for the original breeding stock and later you’ll have to pay large stud fees. There’s no way you could ever do it.’ Then the teacher added, `If you will rewrite this paper with a more realistic goal, I will reconsider your grade.’ “The boy went home and thought about it long and hard. He asked his father what he should do. His father said, `Look, son, you have to make up your own mind on this. However, I think it is a very important decision for you.’ “Finally, after sitting with it for a week, the boy turned in the same paper, making no changes at all.

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He stated, “You can keep the F and I’ll keep my dream.” Monty then turned to the assembled group and said, “I tell you this story because you are sitting in my 4,000-square-foot house in the middle of my 200-acre horse ranch. I still have that school paper framed over the fireplace.” He added, “The best part of the story is that two summers ago that same schoolteacher brought 30 kids to camp out on my ranch for a week.” When the teacher was leaving, he said, “Look, Monty, I can tell you this now. When I was your teacher, I was something of a dream stealer. During those years I stole a lot of kids’ dreams. Fortunately you had enough gumption not to give up on yours.” “Don’t let anyone steal your dreams. Follow your heart, no matter what.”

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SO, YOU THINK YOU KNOW EVERYTHING? | AUTHOR: UNKNOWN 

A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.

A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

A snail can sleep for three years.

Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

Almonds are a member of the peach family.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.

"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".

February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.

If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights.

It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

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On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand and "lollipop" with your right.

The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet.

The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.

The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

There are more chickens than people in the world.

There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous

There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."

There's no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewables Vitamins.

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks; otherwise it will digest itself.

Now you know everything!

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WHO I AM MAKES A DIFFERENCE: A TRUE STORY | AUTHOR: UNKNOWN A teacher in New York decided to honor each of her seniors in high school by telling them the difference they each made. She called each student to the front of the class, one at a time. First she told each of them how they had made a difference to her and the class. Then she presented each of them with a blue ribbon imprinted with gold letters, which read, "Who I Am Makes a Difference." Afterwards the teacher decided to do a class project to see what kind of impact recognition would have on a community. She gave each of the students three more ribbons and instructed them to go out and spread this acknowledgment ceremony. Then they were to follow up on the results, see who honored whom and report back to the class in about a week. One of the boys in the class went to a junior executive in a nearby company and honored him for helping him with his career planning. He gave him a blue ribbon and put it on his shirt. Then he gave him two extra ribbons and said, "We're doing a class project on recognition, and we'd like you to go out, find somebody to honor, give them a blue ribbon, then give them the extra blue ribbon so they can acknowledge a third person to keep this acknowledgment ceremony going. Then please report back to me and tell me what happened." Later that day the junior executive went in to see his boss, who had been noted, by the way, as being kind of a grouchy fellow. He sat his boss down and he told him that he deeply admired him for being a creative genius. The boss seemed very surprised. The junior executive asked him if he would accept the gift of the blue ribbon and would he give him permission to put it on him.

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His surprised boss said, "Well, sure." The junior executive took the blue ribbon and placed it right on his boss's jacket above his heart. As he gave him the last extra ribbon, he asked, "Would you do me a favor? Would you take this extra ribbon and pass it on by honoring somebody else? The young boy who first gave me the ribbons is doing a project in school and we want to keep this recognition ceremony going and find out how it affects people." That night the boss came home to his 14-year-old son and sat him down. He said, "The most incredible thing happened to me today. I was in my office and one of the junior executives came in and told me he admired me and gave me a blue ribbon for being a creative genius. Imagine. He thinks I'm a creative genius. Then he put this blue ribbon that says "Who I Am Makes a Difference," on my jacket above my heart. He gave me an extra ribbon and asked me to find somebody else to honor. As I was driving home tonight, I started thinking about whom I would honor with this ribbon and I thought about you. I want to honor you. My days are really hectic and when I come home I don't pay a lot of attention to you. Sometimes I scream at you for not getting good enough grades in school and for your bedroom being a mess, but somehow tonight, I just wanted to sit here and, well, just let you know that you do make a difference to me. Besides your mother, you are the most important person in my life. You're a great kid and I love you!" The startled boy started to sob and sob, and he couldn't stop crying. His whole body shook. He looked up at his father and said through his tears, "Dad, earlier tonight I sat in my room and wrote a letter to you and Mom explaining why I had killed myself and asking you to forgive me. I was going to commit suicide tonight after you were asleep. I just didn't think that you cared at all. The letter is upstairs. I don't think I need it after all." His father walked upstairs and found a heartfelt letter full of anguish and pain. The envelope was addressed, "Mom and Dad."

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The boss went back to work a changed man. He was no longer a grouch, but made sure to let all his employees know that they made a difference. The junior executive helped several other young people with career planning and never forgot to let them know that they made a difference in his life... one being the boss's son. And the young boy and his classmates learned a valuable lesson. WHO YOU ARE DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

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I BELIEVE | AUTHOR: UNKNOWN I believe... We don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change. No matter how good friends are, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that. True friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love. You can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life. It is taking me a long time to become the person I want to be. You can keep going long after you can't. We are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel. 22 Either you control your attitude or it controls you. Regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, the passion fades and there had better be something else to take its place. Heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences. Money is a lousy way of keeping score. My best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time. Sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down, will be the ones to help you get back up. Sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

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Just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have. Maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had, and what you've learned from them, and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated. It isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself. No matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't stop for your grief. Our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become. Just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other. And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do. 23 You shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever. Two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different. Your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don't even know you. Even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help. Credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being. The people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon. You should tell people you love that you love them, as often as possible, because you never know when your last chance will be.

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LIPSTICK IN SCHOOL | AUTHOR: UNKNOWN According to a news report, a certain private school in Washington was recently faced with a unique problem. A number of 12-year-old girls were beginning to use lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom. That was fine, but after they put on their lipstick, they would press their lips to the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints. Every night the maintenance man would remove the lip prints, and the next day the girls would put them back. Finally the principal decided that something had to be done. She called all the girls to the bathroom and met them there with the maintenance man. She explained that all these lip prints were causing a major problem for the custodian who had to clean the mirrors every night (you can just imagine the yawns from the little princesses). 25 To demonstrate how difficult it had been to clean the mirrors, she asked the maintenance man to show the girls how much effort was required. He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in the toilet, and cleaned the mirror with it. Since then, there have been no lip prints on the mirror. There are teachers... and then there are educators.

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MY TEACHER'S SIMPLE THREE-WORD PHRASE | BY STEPHEN J. HOPSON My life was dramatically transformed because a simple three-word phrase was delivered at the right time in just the right way. When I was three years old, my parents discovered I was totally deaf, a situation which forced them to make crucial decisions about my education. After consulting with numerous specialists and doctors, they made a decision that would forever alter my future. Instead of sending me to a private school for the deaf, they decided to "mainstream" me. All of my peers and teachers would have normal hearing. Since I started going there in 3rd grade, I was the only deaf child at Blue Creek Elementary School in the small, quiet town of Latham, New York. From almost the first day there, the other kids taunted me and called me names mainly because of my hearing aid and the way I talked.

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I remember thinking, "What have I done wrong?" My hearing aid was a rectangular box that was harnessed to my shoulders and hung from my neck like an albatross. It created a big lump on my chest with wires running from the box to my ears. I experienced great anxiety throughout elementary school because, in addition to the problems of "fitting in" with the other students, I also struggled mightily with most of my schoolwork. I seemed to spend every spare moment doing homework just so I could keep up. The teachers didn't know what to do with me. Because of my hearing disability, I was constantly asking everyone, "What did he/she say?" But I worried that everyone would soon grow tired of repeating everything back to me. Since fitting in was so important to me, every time people around me laughed or smiled, I did the same even though I usually had no idea what was going on.

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When the kids made fun of me, I internalized all of it. I was sure that I was a bad person; I felt I deserved their sneers. On the surface, I was gregarious, outgoing and happy-go-lucky, but in reality, my self-esteem was quite low. I saw myself as an ugly buck-toothed kid wearing a weird-looking box around his neck who wasn't smart enough to keep up with the rest of the kids. Mrs. Jordan, my 5th grade teacher, changed all of that with a simple three-word phrase. A large woman with salt and pepper hair, and twinkling brown eyes, Mrs. Jordan had a voice that boomeranged off the walls of her tiny classroom. One morning, she asked the class a question. I read her lips from my front-row seat and immediately raised my hand. I couldn't believe it -for once I knew the answer. But, when she called on me, I was afraid. Here was an opportunity to impress the powerful teacher and show her I was worthy of her love. Maybe even impress my classmates a little. I didn't want to blow it. Despite my fears, I felt uncharacteristically confident because -- for once -- I was sure I had the right answer. I took a deep breath and nervously answered Mrs. Jordan's question. I will never forget what happened next. Her response was explosive. It startled all of us. Mrs. Jordan enthusiastically slammed her right foot on the floor and whirled her right finger in a full circle until it pointed directly at me. With sparkling eyes and a wide smile she cried, "THAT'S RIGHT STEPHEN!" For the first time in my young life, I was an instant star.

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My heart burst with pride as an ear-to-ear grin filled my face. I sat a little taller in my chair and puffed out my chest. My confidence soared like never before. I decided right then and there that I would make a place for myself in this world. A simple three-word phrase delivered with incredible enthusiasm had totally transformed my young life. "That's right Stephen!" From that day forward, my grades and speech improved dramatically. My popularity among my peers increased and my outlook on life did a complete turnabout. And it all started with Mrs. Jordan. "THAT'S RIGHT STEPHEN!" Stephen Hopson is a former award-winning stockbroker turned inspirational speaker and author.

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INSPIRATIONAL DETERMINATION STORY - JOHN ROEBLING | AUTHOR: UNKNOWN In 1883, a creative engineer named John Roebling was inspired by an idea to build a spectacular bridge connecting New York with the Long Island. However bridge building experts throughout the world thought that this was an impossible feat and told Roebling to forget the idea. It just could not be done. It was not practical. It had never been done before. Roebling could not ignore the vision he had in his mind of this bridge. He thought about it all the time and he knew deep in his heart that it could be done. He just had to share the dream with someone else. After much discussion and persuasion he managed to convince his son Washington, an up and coming engineer, that the bridge in fact could be built. Working together for the first time, the father and son developed concepts of how it could be accomplished and how the obstacles could be overcome. With great excitement and inspiration, and the headiness of a wild challenge before them, they hired their crew and began to build their dream bridge. The project started well, but when it was only a few months underway a tragic accident on the site took the life of John Roebling. Washington was injured and left with a certain amount of brain damage, which resulted in him not being able to walk or talk or even move.
 "We told them so." "Crazy men and their crazy dreams." "It`s foolish to chase wild visions." Everyone had a negative comment to make and felt that the project should be scrapped since the Roeblings were the only ones who knew

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how the bridge could be built. In spite of his handicap Washington was never discouraged and still had a burning desire to complete the bridge and his mind was still as sharp as ever. He tried to inspire and pass on his enthusiasm to some of his friends, but they were too daunted by the task. As he lay on his bed in his hospital room, with the sunlight streaming through the windows, a gentle breeze blew the flimsy white curtains apart and he was able to see the sky and the tops of the trees outside for just a moment. It seemed that there was a message for him not to give up. Suddenly an idea hit him. All he could do was move one finger and he decided to make the best use of it. By moving this, he slowly developed a code of communication with his wife. He touched his wife's arm with that finger, indicating to her that he wanted her to call the engineers again. Then he used the same method of tapping her arm to tell the engineers what to do. It seemed foolish but the project was under way again. 31 For 13 years Washington tapped out his instructions with his finger on his wife's arm, until the bridge was finally completed. Today the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge stands in all its glory as a tribute to the triumph of one man's indomitable spirit and his determination not to be defeated by circumstances. It is also a tribute to the engineers and their team work, and to their faith in a man who was considered mad by half the world. It stands too as a tangible monument to the love and devotion of his wife who for 13 long years patiently decoded the messages of her husband and told the engineers what to do. Perhaps this is one of the best examples of a never-say-die attitude that overcomes a terrible physical handicap and achieves an impossible goal. Often when we face obstacles in our day-to-day life, our hurdles seem very small in comparison to what many others have to face. The Brooklyn Bridge shows us that dreams that seem impossible can be

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realised with determination and persistence, no matter what the odds are. Even the most distant dream can be realized with determination and persistence.

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IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER | AUTHOR: ERMA BOMBECK WRITTEN AFTER DISCOVERY OF HER TERMINAL CANCER I would have talked less and listened more. I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded. I would have eaten the popcorn in the "GOOD" living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace. I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth. I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed. I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage. 33 I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains. I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life. I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day. I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil or was guaranteed to last a lifetime. Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment realizing that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle. When my kids kissed me impetuously, would never have said, "Later, now go get washed up for dinner." There would have been more "I love

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you's" ... more "I'm sorry's" ... but mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute ... look at it and really see it ... live it .. and never give it back.

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YOU WANT HEROES? | AUTHOR: FROSTY TROY "Where are the heroes of today?"... a radio talk show host thundered. He blames society's shortcomings on public education. Too many people are looking for heroes in all the wrong places. Movie stars and rock musicians, athletes and models aren't heroes - they're celebrities. Heroes abound in public schools, a fact that doesn't make the news. There is no precedence for the level of violence, drugs, broken homes, child abuse, and crime in today's America. Public education didn't create these problems, but deals with them every day. You want heroes? Consider Dave Sanders, the school teacher shot to death while trying to shield his students from two Neo-Nazi youth on a bombing and shooting rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Sanders gave his life, along with 12 students, but other less heralded heroes survived the Colorado blood bath. You want heroes? Columbine special ed teacher, Robin Ortiz, braved gunfire, moving from classroom to classroom, shouting at students and teachers to get out of the building. His action alone cleared the east side of the high school. No one will ever know how many lives he saved. You want heroes? For Ronnie Holuby, a Fort Gibson, OK middle school teacher, it was a routine school day until gunfire erupted. He opened a door to the school yard and two students fled past him. A 13-year-old student had shot five other students when Holuby stepped outside, walking deliberately toward the boy, telling him to hand over the gun. He kept walking. Finally the boy handed him the gun. Holuby walked the boy to the side of the building, then sought to help a wounded girl.

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You want heroes? Jane Smith, a Fayetteville, N.C., teacher, was moved by the plight of one of her students, a boy dying for want of a kidney transplant. So this pretty white woman told the family of Michael Carter, a handsome 14year-old black boy, that she would give him one of her kidneys. And she did. When they subsequently appeared together hugging on the Today Show, even tough little Katie Couric was near tears. You want heroes? Doris Dillon dreamed all her life of being a teacher. She not only made it, she was one of those wondrous teachers who could wring the best out of every single child. One of her fellow teachers in San Jose, CA, said, "She could teach a rock to read." Suddenly she was stricken with Lou Gehrig's Disease, which is always fatal, usually within five years. She asked to stay on the job - and did. When her voice was affected she communicated by computer. Did she go home? She is running two elementary school libraries. When the disease was diagnosed, she wrote the staff and all the families that she had one last lesson to teach - that dying is part of living. Her colleagues named her Teacher of the Year. You want heroes? Bob House, a teacher in Gay, GA, tried out for Who Wants to be a Millionaire. After he won the million dollars, a network film crew wanted to follow up to see how it had impacted his life. New cars? Big new house? Instead, they found both Bob House and his wife still teaching. They explained that it was what they had always wanted to do with their lives and that would not change. The community was both stunned and gratified.

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You want heroes? Last year the average public school teacher spent $468 of their own money for student necessities - work books, pencils - supplies kids had to have but could not afford. That's a lot of money from the pockets of the most poorly paid teachers in the industrial world. Public schools don't teach values? The critics are dead wrong. Public education provides more Sunday school teachers than any other profession. The average teacher works more hours in nine months than the average 40-hour employee does in a year. You want heroes? For millions of kids, the hug they get from a teacher is the only hug they will get that day because the nation is living through the worst parenting in history. Many have never been taken to church or synagogue in their lives.

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A Michigan principal moved me to tears with the story of her attempt to rescue a badly abused little boy who doted on a stuffed animal on her desk - one that said, "I love you!" He said he'd never been told that at home. This is a constant in today's society - two million unwanted, unloved, abused children in public schools, the only institution that takes them all in. Teachers strive to find the best in their students, even where some see little hope. No other American bestows a finer gift than teaching reaching out to the brilliant and the retarded, the gifted and the average.

All stories in this section were acquired from Inspire21. For more inspirational stories, visit www.inspire21.com.

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BURSARY AND SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION Name of Company/ Organisation

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Liberty Life: Actuarial Science Bursary Programme

http://puffandpass.co. za/liberty-lifeactuarial-sciencebursary-programme2014

31 August 2013

Denel Dynamics

http://www.deneldyna mics.gradx.net/

31 August 2013

Barloworld Education Trust

bet@barloworld.com

31 October 2013

SABMiller: Bursary Programme

http://puffandpass.co. za/sabmiller-bursaryprogramme-2014

16 August 2013

ATNS: AIM Bursary Programme

http://puffandpass.co. za/atns-aim-bursaryprogramme-2014

26 July 2013

Investec: Bursary Programme

http://puffandpass.co. za/investec-bursaryprogramme-2014

30 September 2013

MultiChoice

http://puffandpass.co. za/multichoicebursary-programme2014

31 August 2013

Ernst & Young

http://puffandpass.co. za/category/bursaries /page/2

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PriceWaterhouseCoo pers: Accounting Bursary

http://puffandpass.co. za/pricewaterhousec oopers-accountingbursary-2014

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http://puffandpass.co. za/sasol-bursaryscheme-2014

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KPMG: Audit Bursary Programme

http://puffandpass.co. za/kpmg-auditbursary-programme

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PHONE University of Pretoria

http://www. up.ac.za

csc@up.a c.za

012 4203111

University of Stellenbosch

http://www. sun.ac.za

info@sun .ac.za

021 808 9111

University of Johannesburg

http://www. uj.ac.za

University of Witswatersrand

http://www. wits.ac.za/

University of Limpopo

http://www. ul.ac.za/

University of KwaZulu-Natal

http://www. ukzn.ac.za/

undergra d@ukzn.a c.za

031 260 1111

University of Cape Town

http://www. uct.ac.za/

admission s@uct.ac. za

021 650 2128

011 5594555

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Pretoria Cnr Jorissen & Johnston Streets Pretoria, 0001 PO Box 40187, Arcadia, 0007 43 Midrand Graduate Institute

http://www. mgi.ac.za/

info@mgi. ac.za

011 690 1700

INTEC College

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