Each year the Moshal Scholarship Program holds an induction weekend to induct new students into the program and welcome back returning students. The first Induction of 2019 was UKZN, held 1 – 3 February at African Enterprise in Pietermaritzburg.
The induction weekend had various training sessions planned; including university preparedness, a Perl’s assessment, Moshal values, My Future Career (including information on cv tips, interview skills, contracts and vacation work), a sexual health workshop with Steve Mabena & Lungelo Khuzwayo (both Moshal Scholars), knowledge sharing & personality profiling, strengths coaching & a Working World session with the inspirational Alumni. The discussions with the Alumni were very informative and it was real in a sense that they shared their experiences in the work environment and how different it is to our expectations.
We were also given a fictional company which we had to do a presentation on the JSE Triple Bottom Line, and it was nerve wrecking, to say the least. The alumni joined to give us feedback on the presentations and mock interviews that were done in the previous session.
Time to play
An awards ceremony was also held for students who achieved 70% or more for their modules in the previous year, which was truly inspiring. There was also dancing, team building, time to socialise and a soccer tournament. The soccer tournament was one of the most fun things I have ever witnessed. The competitiveness the teams seemed to have against each other was unbelievable. Some would swear they were playing in a football league. But what I liked the most was that the tournament was open to anyone who wished to join and showed how well the teams were able to work together, as well as the lengths they were willing to go, in order to achieve the same goal.
The bonds the students seem to have developed over the years is amazing. Some started out as friends, but now because of the scholarship some have even considered others as sisters and brothers, a family.
What did the induction mean to you?
- Thobani Khumalo (2nd yr. Bcom): “Networking, clarity and understanding of MSP”
- Galaletsang Madisha (4th yr. BSc): “Time to bond”
- Lungelo Khuzwayo (3rd yr. BSc): “Meet new students, create bonds”
- Unarine Ratshilumela (3rd yr. MBChB): “Learning, inspirational and fun”
- Andiso Dludla (2nd yr. Bcom): “Communication, respect and informative”
- Mfanakayise Zondo (Alumni): “Friendships, teambuilding, meeting new people and improving personal qualities”
- Ngcebo Nkosi (4th yr. BSc): “Fun, Entertainment and networking”
- Samukelisiwe Madondo (1st yr. MBChB): “It fully prepared me for varsity”
- Mbuso Bhodi (1st yr. Pharm): “Fun and very productive”
- Andiswa Mkhize (2nd yr. BSc): “Networking, motivating, informative and inspirational”
What are some of our students’ goals for 2019
- Galaletsang: “Achieve honours degree with beautiful marks”
- Thobani: “Hard work, consistency and focus on academics and balancing studies with things that assist in the corporate world”
- Unarine: “working hard, focus on academics and work on self-esteem”
- Andiso: “pass 2nd year with at least 60% and get vacation work”
- Samukelisiwe: “passing my modules with flying colours”
A big thank you to Mandy Waller (UKZN Program Coordinator) who organised such a beautiful weekend.
Written by Sinakho Lunga Nzuza, 4th Year Postgraduate Diploma in Accountancy from UKZN