February 22, 2017 by Student 24/7 Blog
Being a teenager, or rather, a young adult; it always seems like there are more questions than answers for EVERYTHING. Especially when it comes to the more intimate ‘parts’ of life and the consequences to the actions of love.
Student Counselling and Development (SCD), a division of Student Affairs, at the North-West University Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU Vaal) hosted the first of three Valentine’s Talks on 16 February 2017, at Vergelegen (Verries) Hall, which aims at finally getting some answers to those questions you might be a bit unsure on how to ask the parentals. Students were asked to submit questions ahead of time (anonymously) that could be answered at the event, along with discussions on STI’s, condoms, and pregnancy also being on the cards.
Students from CH@S welcomed everyone who attended, as well as brought the event to a more ‘interactive’ place by having students try to answer some of the questions for a prize. The main questions were answered by Sister Boitumelo ‘Tumi’ Phinithi; a nurse at the Campus Clinic. Sr Tumi also discussed on topics such as the benefits of exercising, the different types of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) that can affect both men and women; as well as examples of STI’s. Some of the questions included:
- Can men get breast cancer?
- What do I do if I want to have a baby with an HIV positive person?
- How do I know if I have an STI?
- How do I know if I am ready for sex?
After Sr Tumi; the guest speaker, Sister Sara Kok, a Health Promoter from the Rus-Ter-Vaal Clinic not only gave more insight into pregnancy and abortion from a young age (and its effects physically and mentally), as well as sharing stories of her experiences with young people who have visited the clinic. This not only educated the students on what CAN happen, but brought it home that is DOES happen, and they should be ready, in more ways than one.
CH@S also perfomed and reminded students that they are on Campus to ensure that every student on our Campus is a happy and healthy student, and to promote all round wellness. Students we also reminded of the first Wellness Day for the semester, whiich will be on 15 March 2017.
The dates for the next Valentine’s Talks are:
22 Feb 2017 – @ Faranani
1 Mar 2017 – @ Ebukhosini