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Top academic achiever: setting priorities leads to success.

Bosso ke mang? So goes a popular township saying derived from the late Hip Hop Pantsula's (HHP) hit track, Bosso. Literally, it means 'who is the boss?'

Selloane Mile, the 2018/2019 SRC Secretary General for the Qwaqwa Campus, was a tutor in the Faculties of Education and the Humanities from 2017 to 2019, and is also an aspiring poet and author. She is now the Qwaqwa Campus Dux Student for 2019, with an average of 84, 3%.

I am very honoured and humbled to have been bestowed the award as the best academic student on the Qwaqwa Campus at the recent Student Excellence Awards ceremony. The experience certainly feels unreal and I am yet to come to terms with the magnitude of this accolade, said Selloane, a final-year Bachelor of Education (Senior Phase and FET) student.

The secret is, there is no secret

When asked what her secret was, she said: I do not think there is any secret or technique that I can attribute my academic achievements to. However, I think setting a standard for yourself and being consistent in whatever we do to realise those standards we have set for ourselves, is the key to success. Also important is flexibility. One has to give yourself the chance to explore and tap into different horizons.

Cognitive growth

You cannot grow cognitively if you do not challenge yourself. For instance, reading a book outside the scope of your discipline can prove beneficial, because you get to be more knowledgeable. The advice I would give is that you must constantly remind yourself why you are here and let that be the driving force, even when things are gloomy, to let that motivate you. If you want to achieve certain things, you have to compromise and deprive yourself of other things; so, priorities should be the order of the day, said the future Biology and English educator.

Looking back

Selloane is a proud product of Qwabi, Molibeli, and Reabetswe primary schools in Qwaqwa.

I was born and bred here at Mandela Park in Qwaqwa. I did my Grades 10-12 at Moteka Secondary School, and that is why I would like to go back and teach at a public school to bring about change in my community.

Other awards Selloane received, were the Faculty of Education Overall Best Performer, and the Top Academic Achiever in the 2018/2019 SRC. Clearly, bosso ke Selloane!

Some of the recipients on the day were:

Dineo Tsotetsi (81,5%) Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences Overall Best Achiever

Katleho Motloung (78, 3%) Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Overall Best Achiever

Tina Magaqa (74%) Faculty of the Humanities Overall Best Achiever

Pakiso Mthembu Sportsman of the Year

Sandakahle Msamariya Khumalo Sportswoman of the Year

Thabo Mdletshe UFS101 Teaching Assistant of the Year

Charlotte Maxeke Residence The Cleanest Residence on Campus

Siphamandla Shabangu Selfless Volunteer and Gateway Mentor

UFS Qwaqwa Campus Chorale Outstanding Performing Arts and Cultural Society

Source: University of the Free State

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