School's Out

The past 9 months have been tough; education wise & personal life *phew* but they have also sparked a fire in me. It's been a while since I felt this strongly and determined about what I want to achieve in life. I've really taken the time to reflect, I've thought about what makes me happy and what's best for me. Acknowledging change, facing hardships and overcoming challenges is all part of the process. There comes a time when you have to LOOK AFTER YOURSELF and this is only the beginning.
As you're all aware, I've been studying an  Access to Biosciences course at CAVC the past 9 months and it involved three subject areas; Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biology. After numerous breakdowns, tears and sleepless nights I am proud to say I successfully completed the course 3 weeks ago. This was a hard course which required a lot of self-study, determination and time. I did not have a life and I mean this in the exact way you're thinking. My life revolved around never-ending assignments, tests and practicals. I was in Starbucks everyday including Saturdays and Sundays studying and there were times when I just wanted to quit. However, I had a goal. This was a step I had to complete to get closer to my goal and so I kept on swimming. I also rediscovered my love for Science *gosh I sound like such a geek*. I had always believed I was better at Biology than Chemistry; turns out I'm better at Chemistry than Biology which was a bit of an eye opener. I also compiled a playlist of uplifting songs that I listened to every day which helped. The greatest thing about music is that it can be translated in many different ways to fit different situations. The most played song on my playlist is...
So why did I put myself through these grueling 9 months? Well, the answer is simple.

I want to be a Dietitian. This has been my dream for a long time but I had always shied away because Science just seemed too 'scary'. I took the plunge. I followed my intuition, stopped being so hard on myself and just embraced the lessons that were coming my way. The Access to Biosciences course has taught me so much about myself, my own strength and obviously a lot of Science.

The tutors were amazing and tremendously patient with us; for that I'm forever grateful. I'm truly going to miss the lessons mainly because I made some great friends along the way. We supported each other and it's just really sad to be parting ways. I will be continuing my journey with some as we will hopefully be furthering our studies at the same university. My fingers are now crossed for September, welcome to the world of conditional offers.

What I'm saying is if you want something, go get it. Don't give up! Obstacles are part of life; overcome, learn from them and give yourself the chance to be the best Y O U!

You never know what's in store for you, the least you can do is try.
Nokhuthula xo 
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