'There are scammers everywhere!' - Mzansi dishes out advice for first-year university students
While the class of 2019 has made history with this year's matric pass rate, social media is buzzing with advice and tips for prospective first-year university students.
The pass rate was the highest since the dawn of democracy in SA in 1994 and it was the first time the combined matric pass rate had breached the 80% threshold.
President Cyril Ramaphosa said the results are a “triumph and a clear signal” that the government’s substantial investment in education was yielding results.
“South Africans can be proud that education, like most aspects of our nation’s development, is on an upward trajectory, which should inspire all of us to work together to accelerate and maintain excellence,” Ramaphosa said.
Twitter users shared their insights, including tips on how to survive, stay motivated and avoid scams when seeking help at university.
Here is what tweeps had to say:
First year students looking for accommodation online please DO NOT pay the deposit online. I'd highly advise you meet up with the landlord(confirm with the building's security) and view the apartment before paying.— Millicent🏳️🌈 (@Millicent__m) January 7, 2020
There's scammers everywhere!#freshersadvice#MatricResults19
#freshersadvice Varsity isn't just school work. It's adjusting to a new city. Being away from family. Dealing with mental issues. Dealing with heartbreak. Dealing with loneliness. Dealing with a system that doesn't care about you. WHILE HAVING TO DO SCHOOL WORK. That is varsity.— Ontha (@Easymoneyshishi) January 8, 2020
If you’ve recently matriculated here’s a video that’ll give you a rough idea on how expensive groceries are 😭 You can view the video here: https://t.co/qfYVILC3Uw #FreshersAdvice #Matriculants #MatricResults2019 pic.twitter.com/sXSXFe4v0J— I Re-Design CV’s & Offer Writing Services (@nsalemane) January 8, 2020
#UCTFreshersAdvice Normalise putting your guard down and talking to someone when you go through it at school. Whether it's with a friend, therapist, mentor or leaders at res. UCT can be a toxic place, please don't feel like you're alone. There's people around you who want to help— Beyoncé of the Malesa family (@mmasenwamadi) January 7, 2020
A very important piece of advice. Get the right friends. Get friends who will be with you on Campus pushing late hours as well as friends who will support and help you grow.— The Good Sir (@Mpilo__Vilakazi) January 8, 2020
This year was heard and it would have been harder had I not had the friends I have.#UCTFreshersAdvice
DO NOT COME TO UCT JUST BECAUSE IT IS RANKED 1ST IN AFRICA!!!! That is an insufficient reason. Go to the university that is best at what you specifically want to study and what will facilitate your career in your chosen industry the most #UCTFreshersAdvice #TertiarySurvivalGuide— THE IKEYS TIGER (@ShahidNyker) January 8, 2020
Remember when you where told “The higher you go the cooler it becomes in Geo” that phrase dont apply here. In this bih “the higher you go the hotter it becomes” Things get tougher as years go on. Get those Distinctions at the soonest they might disappear!#UJFRESHERSADVICE— Eli Capone (@matafu_187) January 9, 2020