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Fun things to do during the school holidays

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The Summer vacation is upon is and brings with it a time of renewal and change. I’m sure most of you who are studying have gotten your results already and by now know whether or not you’ll be progressing to the next grade. For those who did really well, I congratulate you on your success. If you didn’t pass or didn’t pass well, know that failure should be a lesson, try harder next year and kick some academic ass!

So, to those learners and students out there, since it’s summer and the festive season, you need to stretch your legs and enjoy this all-too-short vacation period. Below I’ve highlighted a few of my favourite cost-effective, summer activities. Let the frizz loose, let the sun kiss your forehead and enjoy!

• Find a casual summer job
Now although this may seem like the OPPOSITE of fun, earning some extra cash to spend on yourself (or save) can teach you a lot about responsibility and spending your money wisely. You could work a few days a week, meaning that you’d be earning some money, while still having time to enjoy your holidays. There’s no shame in working for KFC, Debonairs or even Pep Stores. You can put the work experience on your CV, which will make it easier to find a permanent job later in life.

• Waterparks
From Muizenburg Water Slides, Water World and Milnerton Waterpark, to name a few, get out there and have some fun on the water. If you live in the Gauteng region, check out Wild Waters in Boksburg, Gold Reef City, Ellis Park Swimming Pool, Linden swimming pool and so many more.

• Visit the movies
If you’re not the out-doorsy type, pop over to the cinema with a few of your friends and have a ball with the latest and greatest that Hollywood has to over. With movies being half-priced on Tuesdays at Numetro, you have no excuse not to join the fun…remember: everyone sneaks munchies inside, so stuff your jackets with pride!

• Spend time at the park
Visiting the park with your friends or girlfriend whilst having a picnic can be a great way to connect with nature and feel like a kid again. Swing on the swings, slide that slide and just enjoy the whimsy and freedom of fresh air, friendly company and, most importantly, snacks! Venues like Wynberg Park or Tokai Forest are also great for braaing and spending time with the family, so eat, play and be merry.

• The beach is always a winner for me!
With Cape Town being a coastal city and its beautiful beaches being a big attraction for both tourists and jaded Capetonians alike, it’s no surprise that our shores will be filled to the brim with families, friends and lovers alike, all enjoying the scorching summer sun. This is, in my opinion, the most cost-effective and fun day out, that coupled with ice-cream and you’re good to go.

• Escape with a book
The joy of reading and trading someone else’s reality for your own and can be really soothing, especially if you’ve come out of a stressful exam period. Reading can be fun and should not only be associated with boring academics. This is also a great way to keep your brain active during your vacation. You can check out some of my favourite reads here. If you’re not really a fan of libraries and physical books, check out the fundza.mobi site and read the latest fanz writing, blogs, articles, poetry and professional stories of various genres, there’s something for everyone.

If there’s anything I left out, please let me know. Please be safe during the festive season and arrive alive!

How will you be spending your summer vacation? Are there any fun activities I’ve left out?

This blog was written by FunDza’s intern feature writer, Kauthar Gool, read more of her blogs, short stories and Inspiring Tomorrow articles here.

A season for excessive drinking

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The Festive Season is here! This is the one time in the year where excessive alcohol consumption hits the roof. There are already TV ads and movies portraying the jolly good, desirable and entertaining time you can have with booze this Christmas season.

Everyone will be having a good time this Xmas it seems, and the majority of those good times will most likely be alcohol-fuelled. Over-drinking will be the theme of the end of the year, with the suggestion that it wouldn’t be as ‘festive’ without booze. It’s become a habit for people to glorify excessive drinking that is a daily routine for some.

While most people know and realise the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption (liver failure and alcoholism) they still don’t know how to enjoy themselves with just taking a sip or two. For young adults this is the time of year where most of them have finished school, and can now legally buy alcohol over the counter. Those below the legal age limit for alcohol consumption (18-years-old), it’s also easy to obtain it (through illegal shebeens and house-bars).

I don’t mean to sound like a strict aunt but, did you know that excessive drinking is bad for your brain too? It affect affects the parts of the brain that are the biggest users of glucose, like the cerebellum, which helps with memory, coordination and balance. If you watch the news this time of the year, you see that 90% of road accidents are caused by drunk drivers. Abusing alcohol and all other substances is illegal and dangerous.

For many teens, drinking seems ‘cool’, but it gets you in a lot of trouble as well: unnecessary fights, reckless sexual behaviour, and for some, death due to alcohol poisoning, mixing alcohol with drugs, or terrible actions committed while under the influence. You’re allowed to have one or two glasses of alcohol if you’re the legal age to drink, but that doesn’t mean that you should abuse it.

Whatever happened to buying a two litre Coke and a couple of bags of chips as a group of friends, and enjoying each other’s company to the sound of music and feet shuffling on the dance floor? You can still have a good time and save money, as January is the month of financial hardship as we all know.

As we come closer to the end of the year, let us all consider our commitment to enjoy alcohol responsibly. Let us also take care of how we depict drinking in public and at home and try to enjoy the season for what it is, a time to be grateful for family, friends, and good health.

If you find yourself in a position where you need help due to alcohol abuse during and after the Festive Season call SADAG’s (SA Depression & Anxiety Group) 24hour helpline: 011 234 4837 to speak to one of their trained councillors.

Get your learners or driver’s license this holiday

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Exams are almost done, you’re at the finish line. Most of you have already planned your Christmas holiday and can’t wait for it to begin. If you’re 17-years-old or older this might be a good time to apply to write your driver’s and/or learner’s licence.

I know, it’s another test and you’ve just finished writing exams – but it’s worth it. Think about it, once you finish high school or varsity you will need it. Many companies these days require employees to have their driver’s licence. Having your license also makes you more eligible for employment, especially within the government sector.

I’ve had my learner’s license three times. It expired twice. I struggled with the costs of driving lessons while at varsity. Once I got my first holiday job in first year of varsity, I started saving towards my driving lessons. It wasn’t easy to work on a small budget, but for every salary I received each vacation over a period of three years, I managed to pay for 25 driving lessons and my first driver’s test appointment.

It seems easy enough when you see motorists driving on the road; however things look different when you’re the one behind the steering wheel. I was scared to let my hand break down during my first driving lesson as I knew that was the only obstacle between the car and a wall or a tree. Thanks to the encouragement and patience of my driving instructor I slowly but surely became used to moving off, driving on the road, and stopping safely.

On the day I went for my first driving test, I was so nervous that I couldn’t stop my body from shaking. I was comfortable with my driving instructor, but now the testing officer would be paying extra attention to my driving skills and the yard test and it was terrifying. My left leg, which is used for the clutch, shook non-stop as I tried my first attempt at parking. That was my downfall. I failed the test because I lost clutch control and swerved into a curb.

The disappointment of my first failure was hard on me. I had never failed at any sort of test before. That didn’t stop me from making another appointment for three weeks later and attempting to get my license again. I told myself that I refused to fail again. I was lucky to still have money for two more driving lessons. When the day of my second test came, I nailed it. I’ll admit that I was nervous as hell but I passed! Let me tell you, there is no other feeling that measures up to having the ticket to your independence as the feeling of having your driver’s licence does. I know I was lucky. Some people do the test even more times. But then they get their licence eventually.

In short, my story serves as encouragement for you to try and get your driver’s licence before you start varsity or get a job. Even if you don’t have a car of your own, having your license will influence what opportunities you get immensely. If you can’t afford driving lessons or you don’t have someone you can ask to teach you how to drive, you have six weeks in which you can work and save up towards it. It will be scary at first, but just like learning how to ride a bicycle it becomes easier and natural to drive after a while.

For more info on booking a driver’s learner’s appointment visit:

Apply for a learner’s licence | South African Government
For information about driving lessons or driver’s license requirements in your area and prices:

K53 Driving and Learners Lessons | Prices and Packages

Black Friday and over-spending

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With Black Friday around the corner, you can bet your bottom dollar that people right across the world will be swiping their cards in a spending frenzy, even buying things they really don’t need, simply because they’re on sale.

Now for those of you who don’t know (and believe me, even I wasn’t too clued up on this either before I searched the internet), Black Friday is the day that occurs after Thanksgiving day in the United States of America (USA). It’s not an official holiday, but is regarded as the beginning of the ‘Christmas Shopping Season’, or ‘Purge of The Credit Card’ as I like to call it.

Even here in South Africa, people go crazy and shop for items they often do not need, with retail stores advertising the lowest prices imaginable for their merchandise weeks in advance of the actual day.

This day has been observed since 1952 in the USA and is traditionally for four days, although here in South Africa, it’s observed for only one. This year, Black Friday will take place on the 24th of November 2017 and will see retail stores right across Mzansi filled to the brim with eager shoppers.

Although we all love a good sale (just over three weeks ago, I was standing in a long line for over an hour at Spur, just to get a taste of their R50 special), it’s important to not spend carelessly and get yourself into debt in the process. Below I’ve highlighted a few tips for getting the most out of this year’s Black Friday WITHOUT having to declare bankruptcy thereafter:

If possible, get to shopping centres early to avoid long lines at the till and the inevitable ‘trolley wars’ that take place along aisles when shops are really full.

Try to set a budget of how much you’d like to spend on this day and STICK TO IT.

If there’s something you really want to buy yourself (whether a new cell phone or even household appliances or toys for the kids), spend a few days having a look at the brochures of ALL stores, comparing prices to ensure that you get the best deal possible.

Look at the warrantee of the item in case you decide to return it later.

Don’t be shy to shop with coupons.

Ask yourself: ‘Do I really need this? Would I have bought this if it were not on sale?’

Well, guys, enjoy this coming Black Friday and try not to overdo it with the spending! As for me, I’ll be sitting at home, avoiding the shops at all costs. I guess that’s what happens when you don’t have a cent to your name…

How will you be spending your Black Friday? Are there any tips I’ve left out?

This blog was written by FunDza’s intern feature writer, Kauthar Gool, read more of her blogs, short stories and Inspiring Tomorrow articles here.

 

 

Coping with exam stress: The Dos and Don’ts of study time

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Well folks, it’s that time of the year again. Students from primary, high school and even university are in the thick of their year-end examinations. Whilst preparations should have been made weeks in advance to avoid cram studying and meltdowns, we all know how the procrastination bug can hit. Before long, those 5-minute power breaks can turn into 5 hours of endless browsing and posting on social media, watching series, or even googling useless facts that have no significance in your daily life. Below I’ll highlight the dos and don’ts of exam prep that will help you get through this very stressful time in your life.

Do take regular breaks
Taking short, 5-minute breaks between every hour of constant study will help you relax your mind and retain the information you just learned. This is far better than studying for 5 hours without any breathers, which may lead to your feeling burnt-out or a migraine that could hinder all studying for the rest of the day. During these breaks, have a glass of water, listen to your favourite song or play one game of Candy Crush (or any game you enjoy). It is better to avoid going on Facebook or Twitter as you may be drawn to peruse the internet for much longer than the stipulated 5-minute break you gave yourself.

Do not study whilst lying/sitting on your bed
Most people associate their beds with sleeping, relaxing, watching movies or any other forms of comfort and down-time, therefore studying on your bed is a bad idea. Trust me, I’ve tried this before, but after the blankets swallowed up my pen for the tenth time and after resting my head on the pillow for ‘5 minutes’, my focus was gone and the evening was wasted. Try and study at a desk or any area of the house that is away from your bedroom.

Do snack during regular intervals
Whilst it is very important to always eat healthy and get all those vitamins and minerals from your fruit and vegetables, and good fats from lean meats, having a chocolate now and again isn’t a bad idea either. When studying challenging subjects like mathematics, reward yourself after every module successfully covered by having a sweet (only one!) or a tiny block of chocolate. If you love food as much as I do, you’ll be focussed and concentrating as much as humanly possible to get to that Fizzer or Kit Kat. This is a great way to motivate yourself to cover all of the content the subject covers. I am NOT saying that you should pig-out on fast foods, but simply reward yourself with LITTLE treats from time to time.

Do not simply read your content
Whilst studying, it’s important to have a scrap book and pen with you to make notes as you go along. Writing my notes in different colours and numbering each sentence helps me to absorb large amounts of information during a short time. I also chant each section, as if I am doing an oral presentation or teaching the new facts I learnt to someone else.

Do study by yourself (Even if you belong to a study group)
Study groups and the ‘each one teach one’ principle works well in assisting students who may be struggling with certain subjects, or just to motivate each other to work hard in a supportive environment. However, you NEED to do your own exam-prep as well, after all, you’ll be writing those exams on your own without help from your buddies.

As the exams are near conclusion, remember that it’s never too late to turn things around. Burn that midnight oil and do whatever you can to achieve success or salvage your marks if you’ve been struggling the entire year. Good luck to all those concluding their exams, especially the matriculants of 2017.

This blog was written by FunDza’s intern feature writer, Kauthar Gool, read more of her blogs, short stories and Inspiring Tomorrow articles here.