(Published - 15 March 2019)
“If you come from a disadvantaged background, it does not mean that you cannot be excellent; excellence is in us all, and we can nurture it.”
That was the message imparted by the University of the Western Cape’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic, Prof Vivienne Lawack, when she accompanied third year Law Student Sazi Tshangana, to discuss UWC’s Accelerated Excellence Programme (AEP) with SmileFM’s The Honest Truth presenter Bernito Vergotine on Wednesday 13 March 2019.
Selected students receive instruction and mentorship on presentation skills, interview techniques and CV development, entrepreneurship, community development and leadership skills. The AEP addresses the reality that tertiary institutions, especially in the South African context, cannot only be about academia. It is where students should be nurtured for greatness, and learn to apply their knowledge to solve diverse problems, and becoming agents for social good.
“If there’s one thing I learned from the AEP, it’s that I’m not here to just get my degree and go - I’m here to contribute to this community,” says Sazi. “And it’s through getting involved, through becoming immersed in my community, that I’ve gleaned the most value in my degree.”
Want to know more? Listen to the whole interview here, and find out about time management, the importance of networks and support, and how the Five Times Method can make exams a whole lot easier.