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January 17, 2017 by Student 24/7 Blog

Dear Student

Welcome!  I hope that you enjoyed a restful festive season in which you strengthened family bonds.  I hope that you feel refreshed, ready for the New Year and the challenges that come with it.

The staff members in Academic Administration and Marketing have been working very hard assisting prospective students and preparing for registration on 23 January.   We look forward to welcoming our new first year students, as well as our returning seniors.

Kent Sanders – a professor at the St. Louis Christian College in Florissant, Missouri, says that new challenges hold many benefits:  A new challenge may need you to acquire new skills and entail additional training.  Furthermore it raises your value to the organisation.  He reckons: “A rising tide raises all the ships in the harbour.” A new challenge will also bring you in contact with new people.  New students mean new relationships, which is always beneficial to a person.  Your level of academic satisfaction may also be raised by a new challenge.  Kent says there are two kinds of people in the workplace and classroom: “Those who are enduring it, and those who are enjoying it.” If you are merely enduring your work, maybe you can do with a new challenge.

That is why I would like to encourage you to welcome every challenge that you may encounter in 2017, with open arms.  A positive attitude is half the secret to success!

Prof. Adéle Nel from the School of Languages already achieved such success in 2017, through her positive attitude and hard work in 2015 and 2016.  She was awarded one of the six ATKV-SA Academic prizes for 2016.  Congratulations Prof. Adele!

William F. Halsey – famous admiral in the US navy in the early 1900s, once said: “There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet.”  May each of us meet 2017 – and the challenges it may bring, with open arms.   

Prof. Linda du Plessis
Campus Rector (acting)

Written by: Hanlie Smuts (Corporate Communication – NWU Vaal)

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