Masters degree graduate after 10 years

By Drum Digital
07 October 2013

It was a proud moment for me and my family.

MOKGADI TENA (33) I’m a career-driven woman who strives to  remain relevant in this ever-changing society. In 2011, I decided to increase my knowledge by enrolling for a Masters Degree in Development Studies at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. This was exactly 10 years after completing my honours degree. In this world where things change every day, I felt that it was time for me to upgrade my skills and study further. I applied for funding from my employerand I was granted a bursary. I started the programme in July 2011.

It was hard to balance work, school and family. But my colleagues were very supportive as I had to do assignments and attend classes. My family also gave me the support I needed to complete the degree on record time.

In December 2012, I handed in my research thesis which was a requirement to pass the course. In March 2013, I received a letter from the university informing me that I had passed and that I would be graduating in  April 2013. That was a proud moment for me and my family.

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