Online Learning Yields Positive Results for BCom Double Major Graduate
Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resource Management and Supply Chain Management graduate, Ms Therusha Tamia Pillay says online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic is what motivated her study.
‘The outbreak of COVID-19 was a life-changing event as we had to change to online studying which placed a lot of pressure on us as students. We had to adopt new methods and strategies of studying from remote locations such as our homes,’ said Pillay.
Because she had more time to study, make notes, and research more as a result of not having to commute to and from campus, she turned the pandemic into a positive by exploiting the extra time saved.
‘For me, online learning did not feel like a big adjustment because I handled the change quite well. If issues arose or I needed to get in touch with lecturers, I found it easier to email them and get a response or even set up a Zoom meeting where the issues can be addressed… for me, that worked best. Being at home made me more motivated to study harder and more efficiently, so I have really made the most of the difficulties brought on by COVID-19. I turned the pandemic into something positive to better my studying schedule,’ she said.
The hard work and dedication helped Pillay to achieve 18 distinctions and five Deans’ Commendations during the four-year degree. ‘I’m proud to say I never failed a module throughout my degree. Not to sugar-coat anything, but there were many challenges and obstacles that I encountered while pursuing this qualification, but that’s the commonality when it comes to studying for a degree. I have always been a dedicated and hardworking student. When my focus is on my studies, there is nothing that can distract me or make me lose my focus. I am very disciplined, and I knew what goals I wanted to achieve in my educational career and that kept me motivated,’ she said.
As she recently secured a Human Resources internship at Safire Insurance Limited at Redlands Estate, Govender is excited about her future. ‘Since my degree has two majors, I have a broad scope of fields that I can get into, and my knowledge and abilities do not limit me in any way. My qualification can take me to high positions and I plan to work hard to get to the top of any chain. I want to utilise my qualifications to the fullest and with that, learn more as I grow. As I learn new skills and gain experience in the working world, I plan to make the most of it and apply my knowledge as best as I can. This internship is one step closer for me to achieve my goals.’
Words: Thandiwe Jumo
Photograph: Abhi Indrarajan