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The world is my oyster.

After four years of sweat, panic attacks, nerve-wracking moments and tears, I officially said goodbye to my tertiary education recently. It comes both as a relief and also as a challenge. Now I am faced with the burning question of what to do next? From the age of twelve I wanted to be successful and be famous. Now I need to do it.

I have not only physically but also mentally checked out of the University of Namibia and it is such a relief given all the things I have been through in those four years. I will definitely not miss the late nights studying, never-ending classes, exams and having to deal with my research paper which I feel is the university's way of further tormenting students in their final year!

In my years at UNAM I could not help but notice a hunger for students to find work in their fields of study, but this hunger very often is not satisfied because of a lack of opportunities or initiative to put what they

have learned to good use. I am lucky to have had the golden opportunity of working part-time in my field for two years, thus gaining practical experience along the way. So I ask myself the million dollar question: what to do now?

One thing is for sure. I don't want to move back into my parents' home after the 'freedom' of the past few years. Getting home at whatever time I wanted, going out whenever I wanted to without having to explain myself to anyone,--this was bliss. So moving back with them and having them constantly asking me my whereabouts would drive me up the wall!

To those of you like me, who are scared of what next, to those who are confused, I want to say that you shouldn't expect to be handed your future on a silver platter. Some will tell you your dream is going after the impossible. Don't listen to them. What matters is your resilience. Even more so if you have the passion to make it a reality.

Do not let anyone, no matter who they may be, keep you from achieving your goals just because they think it's impossible. Those same people will blame you tomorrow for not doing anything. They will be the first to tell the world how lazy and unwilling you are to take responsibility and rule your destiny. You can be sure of one thing--failure has no relative, not even one.

Hang in there. Don't give up yet. The struggle may be overwhelming and the obstacles many. You may have found yourself in a position where you are beginning to doubt the realisation of your dream and the sincerity of the bravery that made you start out in the first place. But I am here to tell you that it is always darkest before the dawn. Don't wait to see another person accomplish a dream you have nurtured before you believe it is possible. And no matter how hard it may get, never allow yourself forget that the soothing comfort of success is far better than the pangs of regret that accompany 'I wish I had tried harder.' I am determined to put all the skills and knowledge I have gained to good use, to be what I want to be in life. I see myself winning a couple of awards in journalism, becoming editor of my own publication and maybe even owning a production company or two. What can I say, the world is my oyster, I just have to work harder at going around it. I am not only looking forward to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Studies Honours and Industrial Psychology and to an even brighter future, but also to put what I've learned to good use. A future where I will enjoy what I will.

By Melba Chipepo

melba@economist.com.na

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Title Annotation:THIS WEEK IN THE KHUTA: Views expressed in this column, a reflection of the tribal court, are those of the author and not of the Namibia Economist
Author:Chipepo, Melba
Publication:Namibia Economist (Windhoek, Namibia)
Date:Nov 15, 2013
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