Not even rain could dampen spirits at the UP and UJ 2020 induction

On a rainy Saturday, the 8th of February 2020, UP and UJ Moshal scholars welcomed our new scholars.  It is always great to see new faces as the Moshal Scholarship grows each year. The day was filled with a lot of informative learning, fun activities and food, from a finance information session, to a self-defence course.

During the day the first years got to learn about the Moshal values, while the seniors got a session to learn more about careers, work environment, as well as interviews. It was a great opportunity as we got to learn about interview expectations, as well as workplace settings, all which will be vital once we are fresh out of university.

The induction wasn’t just about learning but included team building and a self-defence course which resulted in the creation of strong bonds, laughs and giggles. It was nice seeing everyone stepping out of their comfort zones and being participative. All this showed unity, togetherness and progress.

The highlight of the day was the academic awards, as well the keynote address by Mrs Princess Mazibuko who shared with scholars her adversity and how she was able to overcome it. She shared with the scholars the importance of the 5T ‘s which are Time, Temper, Temptation, Trust and Tongue. She explained how important it is to control the 5T’s in order to make it in life and she left us with a very powerful statement which says, “always be a leader in your life; and others will follow.”

Tshabalala Bonginkosi, a final year BCom Accounting Sciences from UP, described his 2020 goals as Consistent, Integrity and Connection. He chose these goals because he needs to be consistent with his studies, as well as make connections that will help him perform well this year. Ethan Cloete a 2nd year UJ BSc Information Technology in Computer Science and Informatics described his 2020 goal as Survival, individuality and Sustainable. Finally, Thoriso Mothapo who is a 3rd year Dietetics student described that her 2020 goal as growth.

When asking the students what the induction meant to them. Zikhali Royal Prince (a 2nd year B.Sc. Mathematical Sciences student) described that induction means learning, while Tshepiso Mothodi, (honours student in Financial Management) said that induction to him means “informative session”.

It was indeed a great Saturday filled with a lot of learning, inspiration, laughter and information. Every student left motivated and ready to conquer the year 2020. We all continue to be grateful to be part of the Moshal family.

Written by Murunwa Netshidongololwe, B.Sc. Biochemistry at UP