Going to university in South Africa in our current place in history, is a huge honour, as well as a huge responsibility. It is nothing that should be taken lightly as so many people are struggling to go to the university of their dreams, to get the degree of their dreams, or to be able to get to stay in the university. Right now, people are fighting for their right to study and for the possibility to actually afford the high fees. However, once you’re in the university there are a lot of adjustments that will need to be made to be able to survive this new environment.
It Is Different to School
What everyone says about university being different to school, it is true! The times are all different; the classes are more draining even though you have less of them. You will have these huge classes that will last longer than any class in high school. You will have smaller classes called tutorials; here you will do assignments and homework. Your lecturer cares more than your teacher told you they would, but still less than your teachers did. You will probably never know everyone in your class, there could be over 100 students in a class.
Coping With University
When it comes to university, things are different. It is so highly important to pay attention to detail and technical requirements. It is more important than you will ever know. Don’t be scared to go see your lecturers for consultations, they’re there to help you. Keep track of your deadlines, they creep up on you! There are past papers online, they are a valuable resource to help you keep your stress levels down during exams. Take notes in classes or record it (with permission), you will not remember everything! Your university has free counselling for many of life’s challenges, do not feel hesitant to seek guidance and help for any depression, anxiety or stress that you experience.
Getting the opportunity to study should not be taken for granted. It is not something that many people can come by. Thankfully Tiso Foundation offers bursaries to deserving South Africans so that they can make a difference! You will learn a new routine as you go, but know that you can make things easier if you just dedicate yourself. Learn more about the bursaries and the success stories on the website.