Humanities Graduate Salutes Family and God
Bachelor of Social Work graduate, Ms Thobeka Nala, has dedicated her achievement to her family and to God.
‘I never imagined myself doing anything else,’ said Nala. ‘Growing up I have always wanted to pursue a career in social work - it has been more of a calling rather than a career option.’
Nala is part of the mentorship programme, having started out as a volunteer before being given the opportunity to mentor first year students on the Howard College campus. She provided guidance to students and shared her experiences, believing it easier and more meaningful to provide information on things she had experienced.
She sees her mentorship role as one that fulfils her social work duties.
However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing. ‘My challenge was adapting to the environment - there is no supervision which makes it optional to attend lectures. As a result I ended up repeating my first year. But I made it through with perseverance.
‘Most importantly I had the privilege of having a very supportive and active mentor in Ms Lindiwe Phetha, who has had a great impact on my life and made my college experience more pleasant.’
Nala, who was also awarded a social work scholarship last year from the Department of Social Development, hopes to pursue a postgraduate degree.