Motivational seminar inspires VUT first-year students towards lifelong success
By: Qhawekazi Memani – 25 October 2023
On 20 October 2023, the Vaal University of Technology’s (VUT) Academic Advising Unit Centre within the Centre for Academic Development (CAD) took a proactive step in supporting the University first-year students across all four faculties.
The occasion was a motivational seminar aimed to ignite passion for academic success and instil a culture of unwavering resilience among the students.
In his welcoming address, Mr Mothusi Samosamo, the VUT Learning Development Coordinator, extended warm thanks to the students for their presence and stressed the availability of tailored programs within CAD. He urged students to take full advantage of the department’s resources.
The seminar’s guest speaker, Mr Selepe Madisha, an accomplished VUT alumnus, director, and inspirational speaker, took the stage alongside other speakers to share invaluable insights on achieving lifelong academic success. He emphasized that in today’s rapidly evolving world, seeing tangible results is crucial. With the job market shifting and artificial intelligence becoming increasingly prevalent, students need to strategize for the future.
The central theme of the seminar was to guide students towards achieving academic success throughout their lives. Different speakers provided practical tips, shared insightful information about VUT as a brand, offered guidance on Academic Advising, shared personal life stories, and provided effective strategies to help students navigate their academic journeys.
The program featured captivating dance performances, a poignant poem titled ‘Scared’ delivered by Thembisile Rose Hlalukane, a third-year student at VUT, and a compelling drama piece performed by the talented Creative Arts Group, all of whom were VUT students. These powerful performances conveyed a vital message: students must make informed choices, learn when to assert themselves and say ‘NO’, and, above all, be encouraged to pursue their dreams even in the face of fear.
In agreement with their moving motivation, Rakhomo Mokhoke, Capacity Development Strategist, and Neo Sehlahla, VUT Language Practitioner, enlightened the students: “Never make life-altering decisions in a crowd; stand alone. You’ll never win if you forever go with the wind. Learn to say NO! We all have a stimulus; it is up to you to choose what triggers it (positively/negatively), and it is up to you to choose. And above all, do not forget to think about yourself, how deserving you are, and how much of a victor you are. Tools have been suggested by the speakers; it is now up to you to operate at your optimum best.”
The event concluded on an exhilarating note, featuring a lucky draw that left many students departing with delightful goodie bags. Mr Ehis Ebhono, VUTFM Sales and Marketing Coordinator and a multi-business owner, graced the occasion as the guest speaker. In a touching gesture, he presented an honorarium to the talented poet, Thembisile Rose Hlalukane, in recognition of her enchanting performance.
In closing the Academic Advising team thanked everyone for attending and handed over gifts to the speakers meanwhile. Through events like these, VUT’s Academic Advising Unit continue to demonstrate their commitment to nurturing holistic student development and fostering a culture of academic excellence.The Academic Advising Unit extends special thanks to CAD, Co-Operative Education, Faculty of Applied Science, MaVUTi Shop, NTEU, and TTO for their generous contributions that made this seminar possible.