Boston City Campus empowers students
“Don’t allow obstacles, such as lack of time or money, to get in the way”
“WE HAVE passed the end-of-the-year mark and it’s your cue to start acting on your big dreams.” That’s the message from Natalie Rabson of Boston City Campus & Business College.
“Continue to dream big and grab opportunities that will take you closer to your career,” Rabson said. “You can refocus the enthusiasm and effort that you put into making 2016 a memorable one; re-channel it into small, measurable steps towards the career of your dreams.”
The first step, she pointed out, is invariably to get the relevant training and qualifications. After that, you must aim at getting work experience so employers take you seriously.
“Don’t allow yourself to be side-tracked or pulled away from your main goals. And importantly, don’t allow obstacles, such as lack of time or money, to get in the way of your dreams,” Rabson said.
She used Boston student Christina Ntsane as an example of persistence and determination – no matter what the odds.
The 31-year-old matriculated in 2003 from Ubuhlebethu High School and since then dreamt of becoming a clinical psychologist.
But alas, she couldn’t afford to study after school. So she started doing volunteer work at clinics and orphanages and later on started working as a temp in various positions and industries.
In 2005, she got married and in 2007 she relocated from KwaNdebele to the sprawling Alexandra township where her husband bought a house.
“The rural area where I come from is very quiet, so I had to get used to the hustle and bustle of the city,” Ntsane recalled.
“But now I am glad I live here because I can make my study dreams come true.”
At the beginning of this year, Ntsane’s husband said he would pay for her studies as far as he could. Ntsane started investigating her options immediately.
She discovered that her matric results didn’t give her entry into university and that she would have to give up on her dreams, choose a different field, or alternatively do a bridging course that can open doors into tertiary study.
Despondent, she decided to go home and got into a taxi.
“That’s when it caught my eye – the Boston City Campus & Business College building,” she recalled.
“I stopped the taxi, got off, and went to the college. It was the best thing I have done in a long time. I spoke to a student adviser and here I am now.”
“Here I am now” refers to her current status as a full-time student at the Orange Grove campus. She is studying towards a higher certificate in HIV/Aids counselling and management on NQF level 5.
The one-year higher certificate will not only give her entry to tertiary studies, but is a qualification that opens doors to counselling jobs that are related to being a psychologist.
“I am studying what I love and so far my marks have been good.
“I have a husband and a seven-year-old daughter, Tshepang,” she elaborated.
“My daughter tells me I am old, I shouldn’t go to school, and that I should rather concentrate on making her nice lunch boxes for school!
“But I am determined to continue step by step until I become a psychologist, even if takes me a few years.”
Boston City Campus & Business College is an award-winning private higher education institution which has been delivering quality education for more than 25 years at its 40-plus support centres nationwide.
A wide range of study opportunities is available and you can select from a degree, diplomas and higher certificates, or short-learning programmes in IT, management, human relations, accounting, marketing and more.
Contact Boston on 043-743 7624, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org , visit www.boston.co.za, or find them on Facebook.