Student of the Month: Bridging Academy Student Tlangelani Nkuna

Students at tertiary institutions enjoy their freedom without worrying about any supervision from anyone. They do not have to look over their shoulders for the fear of a lecturer whenever they engage in any kind of activity. Whether they come early or late in class is absolutely their own business, but for the 23 year-old Hazyview Digital Learning Campus (HDLC) Bridging Academy student, Tlagelani Nkuna, punctuality is of utmost importance.

Tlangelani is a determined young man who values time more than anything. I can attest to this because he was five minutes early for our interview for this story. It isn’t just his smile and respect for other people that distinguish him from other students in the campus; it is also his exceptional performance in class.

“Tlangelani is one of the most punctual person have ever come across. He will never arrive late in class unless he has reported before; and even if that’s the case, he makes sure that he states the estimated time he’ll be arriving at,” says Tlangelani’s English and Career counselor Mercyful Mathebula.

Taking a closer look at Tlangelani’s behaviour, it’s pretty clear to see that this young man knows what professionalism is. Each time he steps into the campus, you can tell by his movement of purpose that Tlangelani does appreciate studying here. The campus has no specific dress code for students, but Tlangelani is always presentable.

“I will never trade coming to study here for anything else, because I have seen how the facilitators do their job with love and care for their students. In fact, facilitating comes naturally for them and most importantly, they are very welcoming, making us comfortable being in this campus,” says Tlangelani.

The young man is also one of those down low reserved people who lets his outstanding results make all the noise.

  • He has never obtained lower than 80% in any of his International Computer Driving License( ICDL) modules
  • He has been top English student for two terms in a row
  • He has beaten the ICDL average pass mark more than three times

“I take my participation in my classes as something expected of me as a student to do. I ask as many questions as I possibly can while I can,” says Tlangelani.

Tlangelani is one module away from completing his ICDL course, and nothing can ever stop him from pursuing his dreams; not even the fact that in 2014 he had to drop-out in Civil Engineering Course (N5) due to financial constraints.

“One thing that I can tell you, is that I will fight tooth and nail to get my doctorate in either Business Administration or Business Management; and the only way to do this is through getting a job first which will enable me to pay for my studies via distance learning, something that I learned that is possible from HDLC” said Tlangelani.

The four alphabets that motivate Tlangelani on a daily basis are:

  • A-Attitude
  • B-Believe
  • C-Commitment and
  • D-Discipline

It is so exciting to see this young man pave all the paths he wants to take to building a future for him. Rural, financial reasons, time, space and etc. are no longer obstacles but challenges he plans to use to his advantage. GWF wishes you all the best for your future endeavors.

Tlangelani is a determined young man who values time more than anything. I can attest to this because he was five minutes early for our interview for this story.

Tlangelani is a determined young man who values time more than anything. I can attest to this because he was five minutes early for our interview for this story.

The young man is also one of those down low reserved people who lets his outstanding results make all the noise. Tlangelani has written several exams for both ICDL and English and has beat the class average on several occasions.

The young man is also one of those down low reserved people who lets his outstanding results make all the noise. Tlangelani has written several exams for both ICDL and English and has beat the class average on several occasions.

“Tlangelani is one of the most punctual person have ever come across. He will never arrive late in class unless he has reported before; and even if that’s the case, he makes sure that he states the estimated time he’ll be arriving at,”

“Tlangelani is one of the most punctual person have ever come across. He will never arrive late in class unless he has reported before; and even if that’s the case, he makes sure that he states the estimated time he’ll be arriving at,”

Written by Mpho Lebyane.

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