When one decides to make an informed decision about their career choice, everything else comes secondary and all things are worth the sacrifice. My grandmother’s efforts and attempts deserve more credit to my hard earned four (4) year degree in Bachelor of education (B.Ed.).
My grandmother carried my struggles and burdens as if they were hers, she knew that we were both counting on my qualification that will alleviate both our lives. She heroically sacrificed her pension money and gracefully reminded me that she only wants me to worry about assignments and my examinations rather than funds for my tuition. Her strength and strong faith carried me through tough times and moments which felt like I was in abyss, she was only a phone call away more like therapy.
One song that was on constant repeat every time I felt like throwing the towel, was “Can’t give up now” by Mary-Mary! It emphasised what my grandma would tell me and listening to it made me feel better and redefined. My friends and family members played their supportive role on my achievement and I will always think highly of them.
Business Management used to give me a hard time, it gave me mixed emotions more especially from second year, my life was more occupied with my volunteering activities at Phakamani Young Minds Academy (PYMA), had friends, and a social life that I couldn’t contain and on the other hand I had overwhelming school work that was endless. Above all, I am glad I did go through all of that, and was able to achieve all of my desired goals.
Lastly, I am glad to be a graduate and I promise my former, present and future learners that I will not be just a teacher in their lives who is imparting knowledge but a teacher who is a transformer, I believe in change and living life to the fullest.
Lerato Makema, 2020 Graduate, University of Johannesburg