So why is tuition study and finding a job not as easy as I thought it would be?
Challenges of studying at a University
My favourite saying is “Educate to liberate” I believe in the power of education and the positive effects it can have on one’s life. But hold on, why do we have to PAY to be educated? Many European countries do not charge any types of tuition fees. Other countries that follow the same pattern are Brazil, Argentina and other Latin American countries.
Shouldn’t this type of possibility also be a reality to South African students? It is important to acknowledge that our beautiful democratic country makes it very possible for students to study. There are plenty of scholarships which will cover your tuition or loan companies like NSFAS who provides reasonable loans to students which you only need to repay once you’re in stable job.
This is one of the reasons why I am proud of my country that provides these opportunities, although it entirely depends on the individual to find these opportunities. Students, however, in the United States are not as lucky.
Right now, as I type this, I find myself in the United States of America. Oh and what a great country this is to spend a student break. With its great energy, beautiful surroundings and awesome places to shop. Because I am a student, I am always interested and intrigued about different student lives in other parts of the world.
Studying in the USA will cost you a pretty penny and if that penny ain’t pretty enough you can take out a loan- which will likely leave you in debt for the rest of your days. The amount of money that students pay per year is obscene. Because the majority cannot afford this, they take out loans and this just accumulates over the years. At the end, you may not have a degree but a ton of debt.
I would love to do part of my Masters in the US, because to have recognition from an American University is beneficial when working overseas and besides that, it’s a great opportunity to study in a different country. I’m young, I want to experience new things and meet different people, however, the amount of dollars they expect from students is just out of reach.
So, I’ve researched how the application process works here at a particular State University, they request that my academic transcripts be evaluated by a third party before you can formally apply to a University. W
hich is fine, until you read that in order for them to “evaluate” your transcripts you have to cough up almost $200. Essentially, WHAT am I paying for? My academic transcripts have already been certified by my University, so I need to pay an additional fee for someone to “evaluate” my already evaluated transcripts? So before I can even apply to a University, I have to pay money for something that is totally unnecessary and this completely deters you from applying.
Next year, if all goes well, I will begin my Masters course in the Department of Women and Gender studies at the University of the Western Cape (proudly). Which will be another 2 years of my life dedicated to studying, while this is okay because I love being educated, what happens next? At 26, I’ll have a Masters degree which I’ll proudly take to big corporations who are in need of someone with my qualification.
I mean, I got a MA, what more do you need right? WRONG! The big E will slowly appear before my eyes…experience needed.
Right now, I know that I need experience alongside with my degree so the wise thing would be to..find a job. Sounds easy, yet when researching jobs, most of them require a minimum of 2-3 years experience, someone please tell me how do I get experience when you need experience to get experience? At this stage of my life, I have absolutely no idea where I’m going to be at 30 years old. I’m just trying to get as much exposure as possible, continue to be educated and grab opportunities as soon as I see them.
Then again, does anybody really know what they’re doing? Or do you just learn the technique of making things work for you as you go along? Trying to figure things out is not as easy task and learning to rely on yourself to make things happen is not much easier either.
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