Now is the time

Now is the time to achieve your dream, whatever it is.
Make sure your “why” is strong enough.
Make sure you follow through on all the actions you need to take.
Make sure you are in integrity with all aspects of your dream.
Make it happen.
Now is definitely the time. Seize the moment!

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Basics of dissertation & thesis writing©

What do you consider to be the basics of dissertation and thesis writing? Active guidance from your supervisor/promoter? A prescribed list of resources? Perfect writing skills? Great command of English? All of these are valuable but the foundation of writing a dissertation or thesis that will attain a high mark starts with one’s mental fortitude, one’s thought processes, one’s attitude.

Dissertation and thesis writing is one aspect of studying for a postgraduate degree such as a Master’s or Doctorate. The more interesting the topic and the more relevant to the student, the more inclined he/she is to do whatever it takes to follow the time-laden process of attaining a postgraduate degree. The same personal characteristics one has for starting and pursuing a postgraduate degree are required for writing the report.

Without commitment, the journey could be difficult or just very long.

Without being organised, the whole process could send one into a downward spiral of distress.

Without being disciplined, the dream of attaining a postgraduate degree might never materialise.

Without a willingness to make sacrifices in the short term for the long term goal, the journey will seldom flow and life will seldom be in balance.
Each of these aspects will be discussed further.

Thanks for reading.
Beba Papakyriakou (BA; BA Honours (Psy)
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Book review – 140 years of shaping futures – University of South Africa

As an Alumnus and current student of Unisa, I was very excited to have been able to purchase two copies of the celebratory record of Unisa’s 140-year history earlier this month. From the moment I opened the book, the immediate sense I got was that Unisa is indeed an institution of substance and value. This is well reflected in the book’s high quality pages, giving a balanced and inclusive description of this great institution’s journey through history, its contribution to the continent, to its people and to all those beyond our borders. The book, like the institution, is diverse, interesting, relevant, colourful. I learnt things about Unisa that I did not know. I smiled with pride at some of the things that always make me smile when I think of Unisa, not least of which are the images of the main campus in Muckleneuk, which has been quoted as being “a Tshwane landmark” (p. 127), with its unique structure watching over all who learn and work there.

Comparing the 140 year publication to the 1973 publication, Spes in Arduis, a history of the University of South Africa, which has been gracing my bookshelves for the past quarter of a century, there is no doubt that Unisa keeps up with the times, reflects what is, and what was. Whilst Unisa is an institution of distance learning, a publication such as the 140 years of shaping futures brings the reader closer to this vital, vibrant, interesting institution. This publication is so much more than a coffee table book, lending elegance to a piece of furniture. It is a publication to be devoured, its contents reflected upon, its message to be treasured. For me, it is a privilege to be associated with Unisa, and it was a privilege to immerse myself between the covers of this publication.

© Beba Papakyriakou
Mon. 28 April 2014

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