The Confidence to Excel!

February 28, 2018


The following are reflections from our Class of 2017 learner, Confidence Monyetswale:


“When I first heard that I was going to be part of the Transitions Family, I was so happy that I couldn't wait for the classes to start. I always wanted to be part of Transitions from the moment I heard of it and I was even more eager when I saw the Class of 2014 picture in my teacher's class.


And then I was selected to the next class - I was over the moon! I had finally achieved one of my set goals and this felt awesome. I had thought that Transitions was just going to be all work and no play, and boy, I was proven wrong! We had educational games, field trips, great speakers to encourage us - the list is endless. The most important thing we did was “learning”. As we learnt, our marks improved. I didn't only improve in my academic performance, but I improved in my personal life skills. My confidence increased and my listening skills changed for the better. Another great thing about Transitions was the Mentorship sessions. I learnt more about mentorship and everything that's needed to be a good mentee. Oh how I loved my mentor, Noyolo Skosana! Not to forget about Book Club with sis'Rosina and sis'Nomonde.


I cannot say that Grade 12 was “great” – it was hectic, but I can assure you that the hardships were worth it. Going to school everyday of the week for me, I almost forgot the word “Church”. But I now see the benefits of that sacrifice. Waiting for my results was the worst thing ever. I remember staying in bed for the whole of the 4th of December (day before results). I had planned to switch my cellphone off for the whole day. On the morning of the release of results, I received a message from “Gradesmatch” (an application that helps learners track their performance and plan for post-school activities). I had not only passed matric, but received a Bachelors pass, with three (3) distinctions!


I thank God that I have made it to the University of the Witwatersrand to study towards a Bachelors degree in Pharmacy - something I have always wanted to do. I wish to be extremely focused and achieve all that I have planned. Discipline will be written on the palms of my hands, so that I don’t forget my purpose for being at the university. I will forever be grateful for the given opportunity. Thank you Transitions Foundation - you rock!”

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