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Over R40 000 worth of goods were collected during the 2019 #Back2Varsity campaign, a partnership between Menlyn Park Shopping Centre and Tuks FM, which is in support of disadvantaged students of the University of Pretoria (UP).

Research conducted by the Higher Education Department estimates that about 216 000 students in South Africa are without suitable accommodation, and almost 400 000 beds are needed to meet its enrolment targets for 2030. This has resulted in thousands of squatting tertiary students needing urgent support.

Olive Ndebele, General Manager at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, said the #Back2Varsity campaign was far more than a charity drive. “It’s about our contribution to society, our appreciation of society, and our appreciation of what education means to the world, to our economy and to the individuals here. Education is so important  – it’s a maturity of the mind. It’s not just about getting a degree so you can get a job and a better paycheck. The way you express yourself and your opinions, your confidence – there is a great distinction between those that have been educated and those who have little exposure to education.”

Professor Tawana Kupe, Vice Chancellor and Principle of the University of Pretoria, emphasised the importance of community, and the role radio stations such as Tuks FM play in benefiting the communities they serve. “This initiative really is about community, and a community is about giving, because in a community to give is to be given. No community coheres if there is no state of giving. A community radio station’s job is to create a community, in this case consisting out of the University of Pretoria and its environment.”

David Kabwa, President of UP’s Student Representative Council, thanked both Menlyn and Tuks FM for contributing to student well being through the #Back2Varsity campaign: “To Menlyn, we are extremely grateful that you’ve joined in to help. Not only do students go to Menlyn to have fun, but now they also know that Menlyn is supporting them in reaching their academic success. To Tuks FM, what more can we say? On behalf of every single student of the University of Pretoria, on behalf of all the students who come through the doors of the Department of Student Affairs wondering how they can focus on their academics when it’s hard to focus on anything other than how hungry they are, thank you.”

All the items collected, which include non-perishable foods, stationery, clothing and toiletries, will be distributed via UP’s SNAPP (Student Nutrition and Progress Programme), which provides support to underprivileged students with food and related assistance.

In 2018, R30 000 worth of goods were collected during the #Back2Varsity campaign which provided approximately 170 students with meals for six months.
Bhaviksha Ramouthar – DSA, Thuli Zulu – SRC Deputy President, Prof Tawana Kupe – UP Vice Chancellor, David Kabwa – SRC President, Olive Ndebele – Menlyn General Manager.

 

 

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The start of varsity is an exhilarating experience. You have finally completed matric and you are about to start studying what you actually love, or what you don’t necessarily love but have been accepted for. You are going to meet new people and put all that high school drama behind you! You feel as though you are on your way to a new life: you are an emerging adult – nothing gets sweeter than this. You will be living away from home and making your own rules… and the freedom! Yes, the freedom! No curfews or strict rules and being monitored – just the pure bliss of freedom, making new friends, meeting the love of your life (or not) and studying what you love!

Your first year in varsity is as exciting as it is challenging: no one can completely prepare you for it, just as no one can prepare you for any kind of change. The best a person can do is share experiences and hope that what we learn will at some point help you stay afloat. So here’s the reality:

Spatially, the university campus is BIG and you will have to attend classes that are so far apart – it will be almost impossible to skip cardio (because you have ten minutes to get to your next class – it’s not much, trust me). You will attend the wrong class for the first two weeks and discover new faces just before finals and wonder if these people were ever in your class to begin with. You will see student numbers that don’t necessarily start with “19” (which denotes the year in which a person begins their studies), it is not for you to judge or question, just mind your own. You will have too many friends or not so many friends, you will study hard and party harder (or vice versa), and you will eventually learn about balance and prioritizing. You will have various experiences, both delightful and dreadful, but the best part is the growth you encounter and the victory you witness at the end of the journey – however and whenever the journey ends.

In hopes of making your first year experience even more exciting and liveable, the Tuks FM family has some #FreshersAdvice for you:

  1. “Learn where the Thuto building is, it can get confusing. And finish your AIM module in your first year of studies.” – Suleyma Mustafa, Newsreader
  1. “Be prepared to walk in the wrong lecture hall at least twice. Just act cool, stand up, leave and keep it moving – it ain’t that deep.”- Thapelo Lekgwadi, Traffic presenter on Drive
  1. “Get familiar with the Library Services, it makes assignments much easier. Each faculty has its own section in Merensky. Attend lunch hour concerts on Thursdays at the Musaion.”- Angelica van Dou, Newsreader
  1. “The best toilet to take a dump in is in the EMS building (the ones you come across from the SSC). Also, join your module group chats and check your portal daily.”- Naledi Makgatho, Presenter.

And for the students who will be joining campus residence this year, Kopano Bookholane, a presenter at Tuks FM and Head of Community Engagement at House Mags, formerly known as House Magrietjie, had this to say: “When asked what advice I would give to a first year entering residence life I hesitate, because my lived experiences may not be another’s, and I guess that’s where I start: make residence life your own! Don’t live up to others’ experiences and expectations. Each class is different and therefore, will have different challenges, so make it your own. Within it all, it is about being relentlessly true to yourself and trusting in the magic of new beginnings.”

My final word of advice, which is equally as important as the others, is to make Tuks FM 107.2 the standard frequency on your radio: you will make amazing friends who will forever keep you company through great music and awesome chats.

Tuks FM wishes you all the best with your first year of varsity. Stay in school kids!

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