Prestige College top academic achievers invited to University of Pretoria
Tuks of Niks – The University of Pretoria is one of the most prominent universities in South Africa, it offers over 1800 academic programs with 7 campuses situated in the north of Gauteng. This university is currently ranked 474th in the world.
The Top 10 academic achievers in Grade 11 are; Boipelo Morobe, Robby Maponyane, Tshireletso Malungana, Refilwe Ncube, Rebaone Tsele, Destiny Mashilo, Kgothatso Matjie, Mokgethwa Ratsoma, Tswelopele Mphephya, and Dineo Sono, who were awarded the opportunity to attend the Grade 11 Top Achievers function at The University of Pretoria.
The drive to the university was quite gloomy as our hearts were with all our friends who could not attend the event but truly deserved to. The arrival at the University of Pretoria was astonishing, it was a step into an alternate universe. It felt as though one was an extra in an American movie and all one could do was smile but could never touch the leading actors.
We were given a warm welcome by the students who were assisting with the function. We received a mini breakfast and were shown to the stalls displaying what the different faculties had to offer. In that moment we all realised we already had one foot in the door. After receiving a mini virtual tour into all the careers we hope to study and one day be qualified professionals.
We were then shown to the Aula Hall where all our lives changed, some in big ways some in small but something changed in all of us. The programme director who is also a member of the EBIT (Engineering Built Environment and IT) faculty Ms Estie Powell opened us up to the wonderful world of varsity. To say the marketing at the university is TOP NOTCH is an understatement. They sold us a dream and we bought it instantaneously . We got the pleasure of listening to the UP choir which is a pure definition of the rainbow nation. Thereafter, we were addressed by Dr Petrus Lombard and two Junior Tukkies from the JT ambassador’s society who informed us about what Junior Tukkie is about and they could not stress the benefits of joining the club enough.
Junior Tukkie basically offers guidance when need be, be it academic assistance or finding a friend in your first year at varsity. The Dean, Mr Wallace Isaacs congratulated all of the learners for making it this far and shared a bit of statistics of the university entries and put emphasis on working hard because out of 120 000 students who applied roughly 9800 students get to call themselves TUKS students. As if that was not enough, we were given the opportunity to tour the campus with our tour guide, Ms Danolien. She explained the history of all the buildings, for instance The Old Arts Building which was declared a national monument in 1968.
We viewed the faculty of theology, humanities and law to name a few. A special thank you to Ma’am Konkobe for her assistance.
Written by: Mokgethwa Ratsoma