Back to the Willows
This year’s induction weekend took place from 8 to 10 March 2019 at the oh-so-breathtaking Willows Resort & Conference Centre. Speaking on behalf of all the students in 2018, returning to the Willows was a unanimous, unspoken decision, influenced by the wonderful experience that was had in 2018.
Meeting the Moshal family & training day
This year, the first years arrived first enjoying a full day of training before the arrival of the returning Moshal scholars. The training sessions that took place with the 1st years was an Introduction video and welcome from Dr. Martin Moshal and Jodi Bailey, a session on Moshal Values, facilitated by Sibusiso Notwala and Silungile Ncama, and finally a session on “Introduction to careers” by Nicole Petersen.
The goal for having a day with the 1st years alone, was mainly to get them as a group to interact and get to know each other, as for the next 3-4 years of their university careers, they will be each other’s network and support.
Getting ready for the world of university and beyond
The training that took place with the senior students had at its core; working in groups, career readiness (by doing mock interviews), and “world of work”. The senior students have been fortunate in having the wonderful Nicole as our coordinator, and with the help of Kamogelo and Ronni (both Rhodes Moshal Alumni), to facilitate and host the senior training sessions.
The sessions with the Alumni are informative and real, as they share their lived experiences in terms of the work environment, lessons they have learned and how different life is ‘after school’.
Fast and Furious
For the afternoon, the group had the “fast and furious revisited” team building session. The team building session brings all the students together as each group was made up of students in different years of study.
The night session is by far the most inspirational, the students have their award ceremony. Students are recognised for their 2018 academic achievements and the group is left motivated and eager to work even harder, in order to achieve great marks and get a certificate and chocolate at the next annual induction.
From the Students of the Eastern Cape, we would like to extend our deepest and most humble “thank you” to Debra and Nicole for the amazing weekend, and for looking after each and every one of us. Without you both, a lot of dreams realized would not materialize.
Further to the Moshal Scholarship team as a whole, we’d like to say thank you for believing in us and our dreams and for the constant support and motivation we get.
Thanks goes to Silungile Ncama, 5th year LLB Scholar for covering the event for us.