Panas Magolane, provincial secretary of the Congress of South African Students (Cosas): Matrics of the Northern Cape, I want to take this moment to warn you.Please hear me out and hear me loud and clear. Leave Facebook, WhatsApp, taverns, girlfriends and boyfriends for now, because those things will remain but the opportunity to write final exams will soon be gone, my brother and sister.The time that you spend on the things I have mentioned above can be time that you spend in front of your books.It is never too late to make things right. By next year January matriculants in the country will be posting #Mama I made it all over social media. What about you? You could be crying, asking God stupid questions like, “But why me, God?”Take charge of your life, take charge of your achievements. You do not want anyone to say, “I have made you what you are today” once you are successful.Failing matric hurts. My point is that you should focus on passing matric, and not just aim to pass, but to pass with flying colours.Show determination, show hunger. Swallow your pride and ask for help by confronting the smartest guy or girl in your class. Form a study group and help one another. It is survival of the fittest after the trial exams; never seize to study. I believe in you, but first you have to believe in yourself and never forget to welcome God at all times, and to pray every time before you study.Trust me, it will be worth it in the end for you to do away with loitering in the streets and taverns, and to avoid social networking.Make us proud, make your parents proud and lastly, make yourself proud.You can start having fun again once you have your matric certificate. Only hard work will be rewarded.