2020 has been a difficult year for learners writing their final matriculation examinations. University of Cape Town (UCT) Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng recently shared an inspirational and uplifting message to the matric class of Heideveld Secondary School at their valedictory service.
This message about the importance of courage is, however, universal.
“This year has been very challenging. It took a lot of courage for you to get here, and as you step out into the next phase of your life, I want you to know that you are going to continue to need a lot of courage,” Professor Phakeng said.
“If everything comes to you with no effort or struggle on your part, then you will never get to know how strong you are.”
She emphasised that courage will help learners to overcome the challenges ahead.
“If everything comes to you with no effort or struggle on your part, then you will never get to know how strong you are,” she said, while sharing her own experiences.
Phakeng made reference to the fact that most of those we admire and those who have changed the world also had to overcome obstacles to achieve their dreams.
“Along with love, courage is one of the key things you will need in this life.
“I believe in you and I look forward to seeing you at UCT sometime in the future. All of the best for your exams and for the future.”
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