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August, 2010 Students Share their experiences .....................pg 2 Opportunities Your Way! ..pg 3 The Instant Intellectual.....pg 4 a publication of the education board of africa federation We Aim, We Work, We Achieve G et Started! What is your purpose for going to college? Do you actually know what you want or what your goal is? If not, then start thinking about it. Time is money. You need to make a decision and make an aim at what you want to achieve. This will guide you on what you need to do to achieve your goals. So now you already have an aim? However are you prepared for the work? Nothing comes easily. To be successful you need to work hard. To pass your exams and be a successful student you need to organize and prepare yourself on how you will manage your school work. Below are some strategies on being a successful student: Be punctual and attend all your classes. Make sure you attend your classes on time so that you don’t miss what your teacher says in the classroom. Explanations from the teacher in a class can be very helpful, making your work easier. When you read your text books it will be easier to understand as you already have an explanation on the topic from the classroom lecture. Get assignments done on time. Do not delay in working on your assignments. Try working on them as soon as possible. Are you having difficulty in doing your assignments? If yes, take help from your teacher. Do not feel shy and keep quiet. Remember, we learn by asking. Create a time log. Not getting enough time to your school work? Try creating a time log. Make a schedule. Decide what task has to be performed and at what time. This is a more organized manner of keeping up with time and getting your work done. Make sure right work is done at the right time. Self Confidence. Know what you are doing. Do not hesitate to present your ideas or express your thoughts thinking that you may be wrong. Get rid of the inferiority complex. Always have the courage to speak out for yourself and have a positive attitude. Never underestimate yourself or give up thinking the task is too difficult for you. You never know your strengths unless you put them into action. EBS Board: Chairman: Samir Habib Soaring Higher is brought to the students of the Vice Chairman: Tehsin Takim schools that are under the constituent members Hon. Secretary: Shama Dewji of the Africa Federation, and those who have Members: Mohamed Sumar continued on to University. Nishat Esmail Administrator: Mehdiya Sheriff Email: email@example.com Soaring Higher Issue 3 • August 2010 page 1 Hope for the best and be prepared for the worst. Always be optimistic in whatever you do. However, things that are unexpected may occur. Things may not work out the way planned. Be bold to fight the times of difficulty without giving up. Keep on struggling to reach your goal and success will be yours. Communication. Have the power of speech. It is one of the most important act in becoming a successful student. Ask and talk to people when looking for information. Talk to people so as to know things you are not aware of. Do not judge people on their cultural background. Cooperation and understanding with others is crucial for ones success. Time to socialize. Take time and put in all your efforts to achieve good grades. Do not forget to take a break. Have a balanced Choosing the right Career life. Give yourself enough time to study as well as make sure to participate in other extra curriculum activities. Be responsible. We know ourselves better than anyone else. Make sure you have an aim in life. Put in your efforts & work hard. Struggle and be prepared to face challenges that might come your way. Be dedicated to your work and finally success will be yours. There you made it! You achieved it! Things may have seemed to be difficult in the beginning but it gets better day by day. With all the efforts & dedication you will surely make it to the peak of success With every best wish The Education Board Students Share their experiences By: Zaheeda Hamza , SUNY Plattsburgh ‘09 Bittersweet moments, phone calls, texts, tears, emails, and get- togethers. This is how I spent roughly two weeks of my time in Dar before leaving for New York. Some friends even came to see me off at the airport, leaving me with vivid memories. Being content and happy, thinking of how smooth everything went and how smooth everything will go, I walked into the departure lounge. Little did I know what was in store for me. My trip was long and tiring. When I got to my dorm room, after brushing my teeth, I went straight to sleep. At 8am in the morning, which I think is way too early to wake up someone who has arrived from across the sea, is tired, and jetlagged, my orientation leaders kept knocking at my door. I would not have woken up if they hadn’t shouted out that it was time for breakfast. You know how it is.. The real game started when school started. Mind you, it was very cold, (much colder than the cold in Arusha), and you know how cold it gets in Dar? But I’m not going to complain about the cold anymore – all I had to do was wear thermals, winter scarves, jackets, long socks, boots, hats, and gloves. So it’s like this; first week of school is all about learning new things, meeting new people, getting acclimated – which is great, but in Soaring Higher Issue 3 • August 2010 page 2 classes we already had papers to write, quizzes due, and to prepare for presentations! Sometimes I’d have 3 papers, 2 quizzes, and a Great tips for Exams presentation or two all due in a week. This is when a strong cup of coffee becomes ones best friend! How busy you are always depends on how many credits you take, how involved you get with on campus activities and the traveling and shopping part too! I always took a full load or an overload, simply because I liked being busy. Sometimes it would be draining to watch my friends having fun and I would have to write a paper; then I would just call my mom and complain to her about everything. It always worked wonders! The best thing about studying abroad is that you get an exposure to such a different world, and different people from all walks of life, and you really can’t turn your face and walk away, because it could be your roommate, your professor, or the person who serves you food that has life choices that are in conflict with yours. It is that moment when you really make your choice – to either stand out, or not. The key is to accept differences and celebrate similarities, to stay strong – spiritually, mentally, and physically -- and to have fun! If you would like to share with us your experiences /knowledge/ other information, emails us the articles on: education@africafederation. org Opportunities Your Way! Did you know the Education Board of Africa Federation has several schemes/awards to assist you in pursuing further education? ➢ The Fidahussein & Co Education Loan: Offers Loan of up to $10,000 P.A for four years to any one student wishing to pursue Undergraduate/Postgraduate Studies in South Africa ➢ The Late Adbulhussein M. Bhaloo Loan: Offers loan of $7,500 P.A for four years for any one student wishing to pursue Undergraduate/Postgraduate Studies ➢ Career Counseling Certificate Scholarship: Offers full scholarship to two candidates who wish to pursue a Certificate in Career Counseling with Australian Correspondence School Distance Education In Addition AFED also issues the below awards to eligible students every year: ➢ The Best Student Award: Presented to two students who have achieved outstanding results on completion of their Ordinary level (Form 4) ➢ The Brilliant Student Award: offers an annual scholarship program that offers a one time award of USD 5,000/- . This is applicable to Students who have achieved outstanding results at the Advance Level (Form 5 and 6) or equivalent. For Further Information Visit: www.africafederation.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Soaring Higher Soaring Higher Issue • April 2009 Issue 1 3 • August 2010 EBS page 3 Did you know? Some Universities in South Africa like University of Cape Town charges citizens and permanent residents from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries the same fees as it charges local South Africans. Tanzania being a member of SADC opens up opportunity to Tanzanian Nationals to take advantage of the same. The Instant Intellectual Here is an addition to your vocabulary! Ad nauseam This is a Latin term used to describe an argument which has been continuing “to the point of nausea”, or to a sickening or excessive degree. For example, the sentence “This topic has been discussed ad nauseam” signifies that the topic in question has been discussed extensively and that those involved in the discussion are sick and tired of it. Soaring Higher Issue 3 • August 2010 page 4
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