Failing Matric Is Not The End Of The World

2014-01-15 08:00

Failing matric must really be one of the worst nightmares one can ever dream of. Having gone through such a stressful time myself has rather given me growth and a different meaning to life.

I am here to motivate those of you who have gone through this time or have relatives who failed their matric in 2013 or over the years - you can still be what you always aspired to be and more.

On the 5th of January 2012 at 4am, like every other 2011 matric student; I was all sorts of nervous and excited as my friends and I headed to the garage to purchase a newspaper to find out how did we conclude our 12 years of schooling. The moment of truth had come and I had told myself I was ready for anything and everything.

There I was with a bunch of excited friends, study mates and a few teachers - all in a circle staring at the newspaper looking at the results. I was the only 'Nene' doing matric at my school so it was easy finding out if I was or was not on the paper - there was no Sandile Nene. I could see my dreams slippering on my hands like silk fabric, my dreams being shattered, my bubbly personality slowly fading. I have disappointed not just myself; but my mom, friends and many of my teachers who really believed in me.

I started looking at myself as a failure and it took me quite some time to actually be able to digest the fact that I wasn't one of the the students that were congratulated by thousands of people whenever I went on my Facebook newsfeed and Twitter timeline. I knew I was going to eventually get over it, but some people made it really hard for me to. People would make fun of me whenever they saw me, I would see subtweets on my Twitter but hey - I wouldn't attack nor confront anyone because I was just that one matric failure. A few weeks later I woke up and told myself; this is my life... no one could ever be able to live it or sort it out for me besides me. I am responsible for whatever mistakes or tragedies I go through and I wasn't going to allow the next person tell I am a loser. I made a phone call to a friend of mine (who had passed) asking her to accompany me to school so I could register for supplements -I was back to my positive and confident self and this time, more than ever. We went to school and I registered, I was then given a timetable of when my papers were due and all that I could think of was my future, studying was all I did - day and night. A few months later, results came out and in the same year, I had completed my matric. I proved many wrong, I pleased myself and mom started saying 'I am proud of you' again.

Today  I am what I always dreamt of being during my school days. I have achieved so much in a short period of time and I sometimes pinch myself so hard on the hand and say "am I dreaming?" but no, I am not dreaming... I am living my dream. I am the perfect proof that second chances are worth it and that failing makes us stronger.

To those doing their matric this year, REMEMBER the following:

  1. Do not lose focus
  2. Do not think about your matric dance too much
  3. Being part of the 'cool' crew can screw you
  4. There are no 'friends' in the exam room
  5. Make most of your last year of school

Do you perhaps know someone who failed their matric?  

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