Since I was a child, I have always told myself that I have plenty of time to plan for my future, but after many years have come and passed, I have come to realise that time waits for nobody.

I have always wondered why all my friends were in university but not me. Growing up in rural areas has its disadvantages, one of which is the lack of access to information. I became the victim of that disadvantage when I graduated high school with good results but did not know what to do next.

The adult “Bridging Year” course at Good Work Foundation (GWF) opened my eyes and many doors for me. By the end of this year, GWF will have equipped me with the two languages of access into the world; computers and English, which will assist me a great deal when I start university.

I was also given the opportunity to explore what careers I wanted to study towards, and what I qualify to study through GWF’s Career Guidance Programme, facilitated by Mercyful Mathebula.

In June this year, GWF helped me to apply to a number of South African universities for the Bachelor of Laws (LLB), and the University of Venda accepted my application for 2016.

A wise man I know once said, ‘‘chase a vision, and the rest will follow because the value of an idea lies in the use of it.” These words are responsible for having created a dreamer in me that now has: goals, a clear vision and mission in life.

As anxious as I am to be starting a new chapter in my life next year in a foreign place, I remain optimistic about the future.

I have started applying for study bursaries and financial aid for next year, with my fingers crossed that all will go well. I am very pleased with myself for having taken the decision to enter the GWF building: what started as a year to help me “pass the time” has turned into an invaluable opportunity that has created so many opportunities!

Note: Refilwe is a member of the Media Academy and you can follow her blog here, and you can also follow her on Twitter.

Having done the “Adult Bridging Year” course at Good Work Foundation (GWF) opened my eyes and many doors for me and many other young people.

“The ‘Adult Bridging Year’ course at Good Work Foundation (GWF) opened my eyes and many doors for me.”

Written by Rifilwe Mokoena.