- UCT Vice-Chancellor Mamokgethi recently took to Twitter to share an inspirational post with students
- In her post, she explained that she never allow failure to stop her from completing her studies
- The post soon blew up as inspired students shared similar stories about failing certain subjects but still graduating at the end
Vice-Chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng of the University of Cape Town is a source of endless inspiration. She once again decided to spread some positivity after taking to her Twitter page, @FabAcademic, to share a motivational post with her followers and students. She wrote:
"What makes the fact that I failed first-year chemistry irrelevant is that I didn’t give up. I remembered why I was at varsity in the first place, focused on my strength - mathematics - and still graduated in record time. You are not your transcript! Focus! #MakeEducationFashionable."
Soon the post blew up, getting over 2 500 likes. Many people also headed to the comment section to share similar tales of the struggles they had to overcome before graduating and becoming successful.
Read a few of their comments below.
"I got an F7 (exclusion from a programme at UJ) during my first year. Was laughed at because to them I was taking long to finish my M, to me, I parked it on the shelf... got back to it & finished it in less than 1 year. I never gave up, I won't give up."
"Also failed 2 subjects in my first year. Never gave up, I currently hold a Master's degree (Cum Laude) and I'm working on my PhD proposal."
"2014 I failed chemistry, 2015 sunk into depression. I have never in my life felt so stupid. 2016 I changed my course, went on to study physics. I flourished and now I’m studying further! #MakeEducationFashionable"
In similar heartwarming Briefly.co.za news, the Council of the University of South Africa (Unisa) has appointed its first female vice-chancellor since it's establishment 148 years ago. Professor Puleng LenkaBula will take on her position as principal and vice-chancellor with effect from 1 January, 2021.
Prof LenkaBula's appointment was approved during a special sitting of the UNISA Council, which happened yesterday, 5 November. Prof LenkaBula was unanimously chosen after a rigorous selection process.
Prof LenkaBula, who is currently the Vice-Rector: Institutional Change, Student Affairs and Community Engagement at the University of the Free State (UFS), held the vice-rector position at the UFS. She was also the Dean of Students at WITS University.
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