the champion in you

shets interesting how life changes from being told stories of princesses and what not. It would begin like this ….Once upon a time there was a princess who felt she was too ugly to be noticed by anyone in the wolrd

.She had a good heart though. And she marveled in that strenth. Everyone wished herwell bit herself. She felt she did not deserve any good after all all the handsome princes were taken by the pretty once…..and goes on the tale . We were facinated by these stories that it would make our days reciting these interesting tales. What am i going on about reaaly , i just wanna say this to someone in their deepest dungeon all atimes, no matter the dark place that you find yourself in you are too beautiful for that place. You have that strength that makes you unique. I am all about making you bslieve you can do it, making someone realise the potential they posess. Its not easy but you gotta see yourseld a champion I am now sinnging these praises toy daughdghter making her believe that she is the best in the room , in the vlassroom , in the gym in the house , she can choose to be the best. As exams are commencing am all about encouraging someone to be the best they can be. Unleash that champions who against all odds find themselves winning. Do not forget the strength and the goodness in you is the beat weapon tbat you can ever have

Being a woman in today’s world

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Speaking out for myself, i am a girl, a lady and above all i am a mother. I love being that and i even marvel to the fact that the times that we are living today has allowed me to express myself. This was foreign to the women of previous years because of gender , social connotations and a lot of social inequalities. But i look back at some of the women who were strong and they put up that fight so that we can look up to them and say wow, they indeed were great role models.

Being a woman and managing it all is not a joke. I believe women to be a unique specie who can go far and wide and still be composed to be truly who they want to be. Society has never been easy on the girl child or has it ever be considerate of the beauty. Since long back, women have been objectified and somehow those times, women also felt special being objectified.

This can be seen in the slave trade, cheap labor, sexually exploited, a means to an end and all that. What about the film industry, women were seen as sex objects and for that same reason , women considered this an achievement. What do we call that, colonisation of the brain or what? Well, i would like to call it the trend of those times.

However, over the years, there has been a wave of change towards how women are treated, or seen with the public eye. The bill of equal rights, though i feel a bit skeptic about it, also changed a lot. We have seen women being leaders of multi national companies, being CEO s, Directors, bosses, owning huge enterprises and being ahead. I would not say it was the bill of equal rights or so but i would say, its the attitude that women have taken over these years.

Great women have risen over the years, like Oprah Winfrey, Albertina Sisulu, Winnie Mandela and all that i will not be able to mention because they are a lot. What about those that are not written in the books but are great anyway. Why would i also leave my dearest mother out of this. She is a great woman not only to me but to the village where i come from. That is the greatness of women right there.

Women have managed to break the barriers of race, skin color and going beyond. There is this great writer called Chimamanda, she has a great article and showed tips when she said when you approach your femininity be like” I m matter. I matter equally,”(Francis, 2016). Basically though she was replying to a question from a young mother , i feel she referred to all women that when you look a yourself , feel that you are so important and that importance will surely follow to your girl child.

We have also seen a huge change in the girl Child obtaining education across the globe, though not forgetting some countries where this system is taking long even on the way that girls should dress and their freedom. Well lets take fore example, our neighboring Nigeria , where because of the extremism, news of many girls being abducted swept the continent, and some of them being impregnated and forced into the Islamic religion. Well i think the world is governed by so many laws that disadvantage the girl child. But in this case scenario, change in the societal perception is seen where the people from Nigeria and around the world joined forces and chanted #Bringbackourgirls. That is something to reckon with, it shows how the women and the world now see the inequality between two genders and are aware of this and need to rectify it.

Oprah Winfrey also said some wise words when she said she did not think of herself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. She thought of herself as somebody who, from an early age, knew was responsible for herself.

Refrences

Francis,A (2016). Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Has 15 Tips On How To Raise A Feminist. Available at http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/. Accessed 25 October 2016

 Economy, P, (2015).19 Empowering Quotes From Oprah Winfrey.Oprah Winfrey went from poverty to becoming one of the most wealthy and successful people in the world. Learn from her powerful words. Available at http://www.inc.com/. Accessed 25 Ocober 2016

 

Have been there-reflections

“We all have to start at square one — but taking that first step toward a career is harder for some than others.In fact, choosing the right path can be daunting for young new college grads who are worried they don’t have the right attitude or skills to pursue certain careers — or are unsure of what they’re really passionate about or what they value most”(Restle, 2015).

I feel like i am repeating myself over and over again but that is not the case. I had to go back to that time when i first came here at Pearson Institute formerly Midrand Graduate Institute. My aim was i am going to be doing Graphic Design and the requirements baffled me. I would think that i was good at drawing you know simple art but hey that was not the case.

The first thing that they asked me was , “where is your portfolio”, and i was like “what is that? That was the first requirement but the thing is, i did not know even how to compile one, because , i had never done any graphics years back. Well this was not my fault, well my school back in Zimbabwe did not have these practical subjects. We drew for fun and pretty surely i loved drawing, well even now but uuhm well it did not happen.

Back to my experience, i went back to draw what i termed my portfolio and when i came back the administrator overseeing the enrollment said i needed a Pre Degree in Graphics. Now for me that was a complete turn off, i felt like they had not given me a chance or i was to overzealous for my type. I considered doing a year before my course as a waste of time and money. Was i wrong ?, well i will never know.

There are two choices that were available, maybe do pre degree for Graphics or take another module of my choices and i said Public Relations. I saw my self as a corporate personnel, wearing those black well not so expensive suits but being proud of myself. Do i regret it , well no i do not. My first year was a bit of a challenge, i felt like i was in a way over my head, i felt like i did not belong and that challenged me a little bit but as the year progressed, i became all right and even my academics improved. i had those subjects that you wish never existed and well to be lecturers who i thought chose the wrong profession but well such is what happens at varsity right?

My second year was quite a bit hectic with Journalism being one of the most challenging subjects for me. I am good at constructing  sentences , i am doing it right now but well writing is not one of my strong points. So i tolerated journalism and the Lecturer also was one to like. That was an added advantage. At the end of the year 2015 i managed to pass the subject with a Phew’ under my breath. Thank Thor i mumbled to myself. Although i did not get many distinctions the past year, i believe i worked hard and there are sometimes where of cause i thought well i should have done better. Those are some regrets right there.

In came 2016, which i would say is my final year and there on my face came Research and Methodology. Arg, this subject bugged me i am telling you, i struggled like i have never done in my entire days at school. I have to applaud my lecturer Ms Stoltz, this lady knows her stuff and failing at her hands is just child’s play. She channeled me properly until i got the hang of Research just at the nick of time. I am glad i did. Because the first promise i gave to myself was “I will not by any chance repeat any module here at Pearson , like never”. The truth behind this being that, it is too expensive even for me, i believe in not wasting any extra cent beyond that surrounds my academics, transport and stationery. I have kept that and i am truly fighting for that to come to fruition.

Thank the heavens, that course of Graphics that i missed i had a feeler in Web page Design. I have to say, it has been quite challenging but with proper guidance  i would say it was not a waste. But just a hint, there are things that you have to know, tips that could help settle you in at College , if may be you find yourself being a first year one of these years. Davis (2013) has some beautiful tips for you at first day at college.

I am pressing on,  i am going forward and not looking back and i have done pretty damn good job so far. Enjoy the read….

References

Davis, D (2013). 10 things to expect on your first day of College. Available at http://www.collegemagazine.com/. Accessed 21 October 2016.

Restle, H (2015). A simple flow chart can help you decide what career path is right for you. Available at http://www.businessinsider.com/. Accessed 21 October 2016

Train of thoughts

 Making this up as we carry On!!

Here i am and i would like to think that i had it all and everything figured out but in actual fact, i am far from it. I believe everyone has something that they say it is mine, well good for you. I would say life has favoured you most extremely. In reality , what do we have really , what is ours, and when do we have the right say , this is mine? Well this is a frequently asked question amongst ourselves and the answers are quite, well different.

As an individual who wish to give an earful, to my kids whenever they done wrong. I see the frown on their faces and i would eventually say , what got in to me. In the same breath, i am trying to show them what i call mine, my advice, my knowledge, my love, my zeal, passion and everything else that i think i own. In actual fact, i am but not doing anything at all because all that is not mine because there is no love in bitterness.

 

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Human beings we are nothing without belief, without love and above all forgiveness. Who do you believe in , what is that idea, grasp, push, point that keeps you alive.
Do we really love to an extend where we do not shout at all,or complain, or become bitter for no apparent reason. Do we see others as useless that we feel the urge to let them down each time they utter a word. Do we become so angry for something that doesnot even make senze at all. I am looking in the mirror and i feel sorry for myself. What have i become , i ask myself, what is this and i get nowhere.

When we love others, what is the measurement, is it letting them down , shouting at them all the way , making sure they cry and putting more salt in the wound and after that say ooh i am sorry. Is it making sure you notice everytime their mistakes and remind them later and making sure they feel bad about it. I ponder on that one in fact it confuses me.

Well i think there are some individuals who have a better view of what i am talking about. According to Focus on the family Association (2016), there is two kinds of love found in a relationships, conditional and unconditional love , do we know the diffrence. I urge you to visit this link Focus on the family. It will help you understand what i am on about better. All things being said and done let love one another, because without love , seriously we do not have anything to give or call that its mine.

References

Focus on the Family Association (2016). Available at http://www.focusonthefamily.ca. Accessed 13 october 2016

Life after Graduation,what lies ahead?

Image Credit: Anxious Female Graduate image from Bigstock. IMAGE CREDIT: ANXIOUS FEMALE GRADUATE IMAGE FROM BIGSTOCK.

The final year at Pearson Institute of Higher Education formerly Midrand Graduate Institute is looming for most third year students. Here i am wondering what each of them is wondering. Some are worried, like myself is there any job for me out there, where do i start and the pondering is endless.

According to ( Adams,2014), a recent poll by AfterCollege, four out of five college seniors don’t have a job lined up for after graduation. Although 73 percent of these college seniors are actively searching for jobs, the majority of them are not having any luck landing a full-time job. this is indeed true as people are struggling out there with no jobs and the search continues, at least with hope. that is something to count on. I heard my Communication Science lecturer saying having a degree does not guarantee one a job but better the chances of getting one. So here is the thing my fellow Grads, all hope is not lost as the future is bright ahead, i am saying make the best of everything that comes your way.

I just have to be honest , being scared is the most human thing that one can ever be, they say do not be scared of your own fear and i agree with whoever said that. this is the time to be honest with yourself and start early looking for a job. The truth is , this is not going to be easy but requires a lot of hard work and more effort. After two or more disappointments, do not give up.

I have seen many people saying, there are no jobs out there, Oh yes that is the truth but some truth also is that unless you give it a try, there is no way of ever knowing what is out there.

 

References

Adams, O (2014) 18 Ways To Respond To “What Are Your Plans After College?”. Available at http://comerecommended.com/. Accessed on 4 September 2016

Our Culture, Our Pride

Former South African President Nelson Mandela concisely explained it when he said the following in a Heritage Day speech: “When our first democratically-elected government decided to make Heritage Day one of our national days, we did so because we knew that our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our new nation”(http://www.capetownmagazine.com). This is indeed true, and boldly said that by embracing our culture , we help heal even the wounds of the  past and that is is a better way of moving forward.

Friday the 16th was one of the epic days in South Africa. Why do i say that , it is because people were celebrating their different cultures. I had the privilege of not seeing only but also experiencing the vibe. The Campus at Pearson Institute was so vibrant and everyone was ready for this kind of thing, as was last year. I t was celebrated in style and students as well as lectures were part of it. I have to say that was too beautiful.

Culture day as is, gives the opportunity for people in South Africa to come together celebrating their ethnic cultures and it comes out beautifully and people are proud of where they come from. I got to see the Vendas, Zulus, Tsonga, Pedis’ and the White people also. Truly i get the sense of South Africa being the Rainbow Nation it really makes sense and it is beautiful in that sense.fb_20160927_07_53_10_saved_pictureCelebrations at Spur Glen Marais, photo by Porai Zimunya

It was not the Campus Vibe that took my breath away but , the streets of South Africa as a whole, the taxi ranks, in the buses, in the shops ans i am telling you everywhere. As a Zimbabwean myself, i have to say , i enjoyed this day but the only thrill  that lacked was the dressing part. In Zimbabwe though we observe our culture, we do not have the clothing to go with the theme. the reason being that , during the colonial period , people exercised European traits and characteristic to an extent that they left the clothing part altogether and adopted the way of the Whites. However, we do in our celebrations in traditional dances, traditional food and celebrations. It is also very beautiful.

the Culture day, you get to see how people value so much their tradition and all that goes with it. people are proud of their background nomatter where they are in life and this is shown through culture day , i could not help but feel the pride of being an African and i love it.

Market Day Thrill

I had the the opportunity of experiencing the thrill of market day at Pearson Institute of Higher Education. I realised that young people are passionate about businesses and everything that surrounds the term. I encountered a lot of products being sold from food , head wrappers, drinks, cocktails, perfumes  and clothing. Passionate marketers were marketing their products making sure every customer gets their attention and i have to comment, it was like i am in a Jo burg Street.

I envied some who made sure that they hook their customers by  having testers at their tables. You could taste and make that decision to buy or not depending on whether you liked the food or not. Those who had the testers usually are confident that once the customer has the taste buds riled , he or she will need more. I believe also that this is a very good opportunity for young people to try out their business plan and the products and the skills that are needed.

From my observation, food stuff is the most fast consumed products at market day  and this has been from many observations from prior market days. Cocktails are also a huge tryout and there are winners and loosers. There is also a department of makeup and makeup, surely young girls are attracted to these stall and the results are not so bad to the marketer. There is also a hype for cleansing and health products,

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Mercy Zana, Beauty therapist

i comment this young lady for bringing this on to the market day. Few people are inspired like she is. She has her whole carrier mapped ahead of her and its beautiful. if one ever want get tips on how to successfully start their business, you can visit this link https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/246929. There is good business ideas for those who are venturing first in the business world especially small ones. I promise you , you will never regeret it and come the next market day, its going to make a difference.

Web Page Designs

Web The most challenging module that i had at Midrand Graduate Institute turned Pearson Institute of Higher Education is no other than Web page Design. I have to say its quiet challenging for me because i never had the background of web designs at any level in my life. Though i have managed a few photoshopping moves and all that but i feel like i am drowning myself in something i do not even understand.
The most challenging among the assignments that i have done so far is the magazine layout and the cover page. Well i myself managed to do something that i consider quiet a milestone but my Lecturer will be like ” what is this?
Well what i find most puzzling for me is arranging the texts, removing things that one doesnot want in pictures. Obviously for someone who does know Web designs , its a walk in the park. But for me , when all the tools that the lecturer showed you in class dont work , one is like ” then what now”. Believe me i say so all the time.
In all the same energy that i consider this module as challenging, its also motivating as much. The module is calling for artists to see their wild side. It is calling those who want to explore , see whats on the other side and those willing how a mouse and some buttons can produce beautiful staff. It requires those with creative minds to give it their all.
Some of the page layouts and cover pages that i had to come across when doing this assignment are done by professionals. But the more you practice the artwork of web design you become a master in your own way. And usually what comes out of this is a beautiful thing. I have to admit , Web is not funny but its a beautiful thing to engage in anybtime. The obstacle that most student however is lack of the programmes like photoshop, indesign , and illustrator on their Pcs and laptops at their convinience. Well that is not an excuse as most students are discovering their potential and I also did mine.

Inspiration

So i have been thinking of what to write bout this week and , looking around for inspiration i saw right in front of me an article put up by the boss lady in her office. So i went through it and found some things very interesting so i am like why not share. These are not my word but they were compiled by a very genius person. Here goes something.

It is called a daily neuro cheat sheet. The article explains what a person must do during the whole day. First of all when you wake up i the morning ,say your thanks to the most high or the Supreme being in your life. I mean everybody has that super power that keeps them going and for me i believe in God. Do not be offended, i know you love your deity too. After your gratitude, take a little bit of exercise , trust me this is good for your well being. Life without exercise is like a fish without a bicycle , oh whatever that means. On the part of meditation, do it for a few minutes and just concentrate on what you want to do for the day. Do not allow anything or anyone to disturb your concentration, this is important.

Visualise yourself doing , it right, getting it right and making it to the top, because why , you are the best.

Now , on every hour of your working day remember to take one slow conscious breath, yawn and stretch and focus on the top three values that you hold dear to your heart, mine goes like myself, my family and others. However when you at work , focus on the three that makes your working environment more comfortable and a happy place. Focus on the main goal for the next coming hour. Ask yourself important questions, am i focusing on the most important stuff for this day, how am i in any way sabotaging myself, as well what simple way can i counter my sabotage behavior. Work on that but do not let this also distract you.

When ever you go to work , you gotta come back home right? Your day does not end when you get in to the house but sit nicely and properly and think of three things that you did well and the three things that you are grateful for. Keep visualising and meditate for a few minutes on those. Whenever you experience some negative thoughts, realise they are probably just memories and they are not true, reframe thoughts, and write down what you want to achieve, breath deeply , take a shower and do your favorite ritual for the night.(anne hodes-info@angelfishpr.co.za)

Realize That Life Is A School
And
You Are Here To Learn,
Pass All Your Tests.
Problems r Simply Part 0f The Curriculum
That Appear And Fade Away Like Algebra Class
But The Lesson You Learn Will
(Last A Lifetime!http://sms4smile.com/category/inspirational-quotes-sms/)

 

Public Relations, in practice.

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Learning the ropes of Public Relations is something that one gotta do when you are in that career path. I am doing my internship at Angelfish Public Relations and Events. It being a small agency is not something to consider especially when you get to know the type of work that they engage in on behalf of Tsogo Sun. The office is usually quiet with each individual looking at her laptop screen doing everything possible for the satisfaction of their clients.

Right now we are busy making the finishing touches of the Tsogo Sun Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist Announcement. This is quiet big for the agency as there has to be a set number of media to cover the event. This is what Amanda Moropa is good at, as the assistant to Annie Hodes , the owner of the agency.  She do this type of work with so much efficiency , you would know. What entails the process is visiting the media list that they already have, picking among this list the once that they have been closely working with for a long time. In fact its about building relationships with the media. To make it easy most of the selected are either willing or they have a very good reason not to attend which they usually relay nicely.

After the list is made , emails of invitations are send and there is a little bit of waiting to allow time for replies. When they confirm their availability , more information is send to them regarding what will be happening at the event , those with questions are relied and those who cannot come are given the option of actually sending another person instead.

Because this story is regarded as a journey the media is required to make a follow up at the main dinner which will happen early October. I have realised that Tsogo Sun Hotels and Casinos are not all in for the money but they are doing an amazing job in empowering people with small businesses. The reward money for the winner is big and the list of the participants has narrowed to five , it will encourage more entrepreneurs to want to do more as there are big companies supporting and empowering the like Tsogo Sun.

Tsogo Sun Hotels
Tsogo Sun Hotels

What’s Beyond now?

Courtesy of google by Capital Campus

I have to say sometimes , life is as difficult as it is , and few of us haven’t it all easy as we go on . I have to thank the creator of the universe for then precious that i managed to have at Midrand Graduate turned Pearson Institute for Higher Education. You get to see people as they evolve myself being included. I have seen beautiful girls becoming more mature and flourishing to be more beautiful. What has been this 3 years of my life could be just a to someone but to me , its been an eye opening.

I have met people who understand other, who do not judge , who are not at the verge of bitterness , each time they are provoked . I have seen young girls who care for each other without holding on to race and everything else, people who share the passion of being successful and making it big in life.
I have seen too much hard working , grumbles about marks , about due performance , hey whats that again , oh yeah DP. I know all right this thing has made people rejoice, some sit down , some phew , some unfazed because they know they had their DPs. I have had my moments too around this one , the one that surely kicked my bottom was the DP was for Research and i gotta tell you all , i passed with a nice of doubt there and when the DP came i actually took a deep breath , something was well .

Well, enough about that i have to just remind you why i wrote this article , i have met beautiful young women at PI and i have seen them grow and work hard. Lecturers too , those who are keen to help other prosper and others who are to tell you how many degrees the ought to have, when i am still doing my first. Imagine.
I have a ponder though , whats on the other side, of the coin. As each of us go our separate ways, well i gotta say good luck after November because real life starts there!!. So i found this link funny at some of the things to expect after graduation by Donovan (2013). it really got me thinking , i might open a Pizza joint waiting for my break.

References

Donovan, M (2013).21 Harsh truth that no one tellks you about Life After College. Available at http://www.businessinsider.com/.Accessed 21 October 2016.