A whole new world

Jacobina Kalunduka shares her varsity experience at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.

16 July 2019 | Education

Jacobina Kalunduka

I am studying towards a bachelor of accounting degree at the University of Stellenbosch.

I started studying last year. I chose accounting because it is one of the things that I am very passionate about. Choosing it was easy, because I made up my mind in grade 8, so I chose the option that I find will bring me joy in the future.

The main challenge one experiences before being accepted at university is usually coming to terms with the fact that you'll be far from home. Also, finding accommodation in another country is quite difficult. I took national benchmark tests (NBTs), which is a requirement for South African university applications. The maths part was difficult, but the English was okay.

Three things I enjoy would be the people, as they teach me new things and they are fun, as well as the peace, because sometimes a little bit of quiet is needed, and some of the food, especially Burger King, because food is always important.

One of the biggest surprises will be the level of difficulty of your studies, but also the evident racial tension that exists in Stellenbosch.

My advice to someone who studies abroad would be that they should be certain about what they want to study, because it is mentally draining. Never lose touch with home and go home for holidays.

I personally wouldn't do anything differently, because I wouldn't have learned some of the lessons I have learned. After I graduate, I plan on working in Namibia, but I also want to finally accomplish my dream of getting published.

Three things that I like most about Stellenbosch is that it is a student town, you can walk everywhere you need to and just the atmosphere.

My favourite spot at the university is the Neelsie; that is because it's where I always meet up with my friends.

Did you know?

The institution became Stellenbosch College in 1881 and was located at the current University of Stellenbosch arts department.

Six facts about Jacobina:

· She is a poet.

· She loves J Cole.

· She can't spend a day without listening to music.

· Books have always been her life, so she’s always reading.

· Cooking is one of her passions.

· She plays soccer and is a huge fan.

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