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Zoleka Mandela: I'm going to complete my degree

2017-01-06 05:01
Zoleka Mandela (Photo: Instagram)

Johannesburg – After dropping out of university in 2007, Zoleka Mandela, granddaughter to the late Nelson Mandela, has decided to finish her degree. 

The writer shared a lengthy post on Instagram talking about her time as a psychology student, and the events that led to her dropping out. 

"I never attended classes and instead chose the very things that made 2007 another year where I would waste the monies spent on my education – boys, sex, cocaine, and alcohol! No, there was a whole lot of weed and ecstacy too, (sic)" she wrote. 

After coming so close to completing her degree, Zoleka admits that she is heartbroken at the thought of the time and energy she "squandered," as well as the money her grandmother, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, poured into her studies. 

"I think it still pains her to this day and I’m remembering how my late grandfather asked that I please get my first degree in South Africa and to then further my studies anywhere in the world at his expense."

Making the decision to turn things around, Zoleka added, "I’m going to complete my degree and not wait for another grandparent or child of mine to leave this earth before I graduate!"

As for Winnie paying her fees, Zoleka says she "won’t let her".

"I paid all my fees for this year alone with my own money!"

I'm a VARSITY DROP OUT!!! Dropped out in 2007 whilst studying through Unisa and towards my Bpsych Honours (Bachelor of Psychology degree) at Midrand Graduate Institute! On the days I went to campus, dropped off by the driver who was given strict instructions to see to it that I make it to my lectures, my boyfriend at the time would be waiting for me in his car that I would make my way to shortly after the driver pulled off. This was back in 2001, I never attended classes and instead chose the very things that made 2007 another year where I would waste the monies spent on my education - boys, sex, cocaine and alcohol! No, there was a whole lot of weed and ecstasy too. When I left MGI, I was in the process of completing my thesis and practical hours being one of a handful of students selected for the Honours equivalent programme at the varsity. It breaks my heart thinking about the time, energy and money I squandered that My Day One spent for 7yrs to ensure that I get my degree. I think it still pains her to this day and I'm remembering how my late grandfather asked that I please get my first degree in South Africa and to then further my studies anywhere in the world at his expense. Now I feel like crying! ?? I guess I should be a little more grateful, I should be ashamed though but I can't begin to explain the excitement in My Day One's voice when I called to tell her that I finally registered at Unisa yesterday! I'm going to complete my degree and not wait for another grandparent or child of mine to leave this earth before I graduate! My grandmother (My Day One) wants to pay for my education again but I won't let her, I paid all my fees for this year alone with my own money! That makes me feel proud, it's long overdue and I probably should feel humiliated that at 36yrs ... I still don't have a degree BUT it's NEVER TOO LATE TO REWRITE YOUR LIFE STORY or to apply to study!!! #NeverTooLateToRewriteYourLifeStory

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