April-2016-Thirty-six-distinctions-for-CHS-graduate-RNH-edit Stanley Namakhota, Sports and Cultural Officer for Unisa’s Regional Student Representative Council, graduated cum laude, on 22 March 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Welfare Science. Having received 36 distinctions out of 40 modules, he was one of the 4030 graduates of the College of Human Sciences during the autumn graduation period. When he started his studies with Unisa in 2012, he promised himself that he will focus on excelling and finishing off in record time. He joined politics in 2013 as South African Students Congress (SASCO) member and then in 2014 became an SRC member with the portfolio Sports and Cultural Officer. In 2015, he was elected as Chairperson of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) as well as secretary of the Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA). Later that year he was also elected as a SASCO Regional Executive Committee member. Having formed part of the international university collaboration on issues of gender and sexuality with other tertiary institutions, he became an assistant HIV counselling and testing coordinator in the College of Human Science’s Tirisano Centre where he was responsible for implementing the LGBTI and HIV/AIDS programme. Stanley is currently studying towards his honours degree in Social Behavioural Studies (HIV/AIDS). “I am studying towards this degree because I am involved in HIV advocacy, education, care and support, and I want to have much knowledge in this field so that I can be able to be well equipped and relevant in this particular field.” It all takes discipline, he says and you need to know the kind of a person you are and also the nature of your goal as well as its demands so that you can be positioned well to achieve it. “Mostly you need to make a conscious decision of what is important to you at a particular time and manage your time to balance your studies and maintain a social life as well as family life. Allow for family support and open communication about your studies so that you can get better support.” He adds that being a Unisa student teaches you to be independent and also much sharpened with autonomous thinking and critical thinking, it gives you the best to lead yourself to success and once you have done that then you are a force to be reckoned with. Being in College of Human Sciences provided him with the opportunity to have a different view to life and reality and majorly to know no boundaries to ubuntu and personal development and growth, “and that is why I love CHS,” he says. He believes being meticulous in his studies has contributed to his successful academic journey. Stanley’s advice to other Unisa students is to study hard and smart. “Commitment, dedication, time management and discipline remain the key to success for all Unisa students. It is not easy to study at Unisa but it is possible to make it through. Once you climb that mountain to Unisa’s main campus and you look back, you will see the goal of your hard work achieved. At the end of your academic journey, it will all be worth it,” he promised. - Source UNISA