- James had to drop-out after first year due to funding
- His aunt helped him find a bursary and register
- He recently graduated and attributes his success to his aunt
James Black shared an inspirational story about the love, dedication and hope that drove his aunt to make sacrifices and leap over the endless challenges that stood in the way of her nephew living his dreams of going to university.
James Black graduated this year and took the time to share his story on social media in the hopes that someone else out there would read it and find the motivation to keep on going, even when it all seems hopeless.
Never forgetting the enormous role his aunt played in him getting his degree, James took to Twitter to show her gratitude and appreciation.
Since he was a young boy, James had a passion for fixing things. He would take things apart just to learn how to put them back together again. That’s when he knew that one day, he would be a mechanical engineer, found Briefly.co.za.
After James matriculated he went to Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and even though first year can be difficult, he thoroughly enjoyed what he was doing and passed all his subjects. “it felt awesome ...Because I was doing what I loved,” wrote James.
But that’s where the fairy-tale took a more realistic turn. In his second year, James lost the room he was staying in and couldn’t afford rent. He received help from friends and crashed in their place for a while.
James writes that he didn’t know about NSFAS and similar funding opportunities at the time and eventually had to drop out. He stayed at home and tutored Mathematics at his old high school. James writes that some of the teachers at his school were jealous, which lead him to quit.
But the experience taught him something important. He wanted to be a engineer but God had other plans. He wanted James to be a teacher.
In 2013, his aunt helped him register at University of Venda (Univen). His aunt helped him with everything, including organising his bursary, practically paving the way to his success.
After five years, James got his degree.
James ends his thread with a positive message to others out there in his situation. “Don't beat yourself up if things aint going your way, it might take you more time than others, but keep in mind your time will come no matter what,” writes James.
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