What an Achievement

What did you want to be when you grow up?

Getting my degree is such a personal achievement. That probably sounds like I’m stating the obvious, but I was never one of those people who knew what they wanted to be when they grew up. Were you? I felt a bit lost after finishing high school; I didn’t know what I wanted to do or what career I wanted to pursue. Going overseas wasn’t an option for me. I simply didn’t have the money to do it. And to be honest, going to the UK (which is what everyone did back then) held absolutely no appeal to me. Nor did au pairing in another country for that matter.

I was a late bloomer

Eventually, in 2012 at the ripe old age of 32, I discovered that I enjoy aspects of information and knowledge management. I’m not sure what prompted me to do it, but without giving it too much thought, I applied for and was granted a bursary through my employer. I registered with Unisa in 2013 and started the 5-year journey to earning my BA degree in Communication Science.

Earlier this week, I received the results for the last 4 subjects I needed to complete my degree. I passed everything and I’m now (un)officially the proud owner of a BA degree. Unisa must still audit the results before confirming that I have in fact passed all requirements for the degree.

Personal achievement

It’s quite something to stand back and look at this accomplishment and to realise that I did this all by myself. This was all me. Yes, of course, I had support and encouragement from KB and my family, but at its essence, this was all me. I did this. This is my achievement and I’m so proud of myself!


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  1. Congratulations Nicky! I still remember you chatting to me about wanting to do this all those years ago. Well done! So very proud of you! See you soon….

    • Thanks M! I can’t believe 5 years have gone by… But so glad it’s done! Yes, looking forward to seeing you 🙂

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