Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Gordon Zide addressing student
The Centre for Academic Development hosted the First-Year Experience’s final seminar with a message from our Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Gordon Zide, under the theme “Achieving the Dream”. The seminar was hosted for first-year students in order to give them the last motivational push towards their exams and their achieving what they came to university for.
The message which was conveyed by Prof Zide was that they should not forget where they come from; they should always remember the words of encouragement from their parents or guardians.
Prof Zide said that he believes that most parents say the following or similar words to their children before they head off into the world: ‘Go well my girl, go well my boy and please do us proud’. Those are words that should remain in each and every student’s heart no matter what happens at university.
Prof Zide set the tone by quoting a Methodist Church chorus which states: “Be bright in the corner where you are” before he broke into song and encouraged students to sing along. The message conveyed through that chorus was that students should celebrate their difference from others; as it says: “A star distinguishes itself by its brightness”.
In closure, first years’ were entertained by senior students who sang a cappella songs.