Are you going to be a first-year student in 2019 at Prestige Academy and you don’t know what to expect? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.

We asked some of our SRC members to tell us about their first-year experience and share some tips on what to expect.

Erin Steyn

Q: What tip would you give when packing for the first year camp?

A:  My tip for all first-year students is to pack lots of sunblock because the sun is quite harsh in February – also remember to pack lots of bottles of water to keep you hydrated.

Q: What tip would you give when studying for an exam?

A: A cool tip for when studying is to not try and study everything the night before – believe me we have all tried – rather break up the workload per chapter over a few days, so that the night before you can just refresh your brain.

Q: Any sports tips or tips on making friends that you would like to share?

A: Not every person is incredibly sporty or social and that’s completely okay. However, if you want to become more involved in social activities, a good place to start would be by getting to know the Student Council better and participate in as many student events as possible. It creates a good opportunity for you to step out into a social environment and slowly begin interacting with new people. Remember the Student Council is there to help and will always be there to assist you.

Q: If you had no motivation for studying what would you do to get your head back into the game?

A: The best way to motivate you to study would be the fact that if you don’t pass an exam you have to rewrite a supplementary exam, and the last thing you want to do is go on holiday thinking you haven’t finished studying and to be called back and write your exam again.

Q: If you experienced peer pressure how would you handle it?

A: Peer pressure is always difficult to manage and sometimes it can be difficult to say “no”. The best way to handle peer pressure would be to surround yourself with friends that have the same beliefs as you.

Shaun Balie 

Q: What tip would you give when packing for the first year camp?

A:  Pack for warm and cold, and even though they say bring a sleeping bag, bring bedding if you can.

Q: What tip would you give when studying for an exam?

A: Attend your lectures! You’ll receive hints and the help you need to know what to focus on in the exams.

Q: Any tips for concentrating in a noisy classroom and campus?

A: Earphones are your best friend, whether you can just listen to music or just put them in and listen to nothing so no one disturbs you, trust me it works!

It’s ya Boi Nick

Q: Do you have any tips for when someone isn’t good at sport or not being able to connect with other students?

A: That’s one thing you do not have to worry about.   Prestige Academy students are very friendly and you will be able to make friends quite easily. Just try your hardest to talk to someone and who knows, that person might end up being your best friend.

Q: If you miss a class due to being sick or just not being able to go to class, what tip would you give yourself or a future first-year in catching up?

A: Always have a friend that will help you catch up with your work.

Q: How involved do you think your parents should be in your student life?

A: Definitely once in a while check-ups.

Q: How important is having a social life while you are studying?

A: For most students, it’s very important to sometimes just find time to escape from a lot of tension. Never forget that studying is your main priority – get your qualification and make your parents proud.

Q: If you live in the hostel or in an apartment, and you have to hustle when doing your own laundry, making your own food, what are some handy tips – things you’ve learned that you didn’t know while you were still living with your parents? 

A: Here are some of my tips for if you are living in the hostel or an apartment and you can’t cook, or wash and iron your laundry, or you end up being so broke you can’t get yourself a decent slice of bread.

  • Get a friend that helps you cook; it’s a good way of bonding.
  • If you still don’t have any friends and don’t want people helping you to make food, there are always recipes available on YouTube.
  • Due to Water Restrictions, if you are staying in the hostel, the best option is to send your clothes to a laundromat that wash your clothes and iron them yourself.
  • If you are suffering from empty pockets, get a part-time job as long as it doesn’t interfere with your studies.
  • If you still end up not having money because your allowance is way too small, it’s always good to talk to your parents.

Kayla Tait

Q: What tip would you give when packing for the first year camp?

A: Old clothes, old clothes, and more old clothes! You are going to get down and dirty and it won’t help to get your nice clothes all dusty and muddy. Also bring sunblock, at the end of the camp we all looked like roasted tomatoes! Just be yourself. Prestige is a wonderful, relaxed social space where people don’t care how you look or act, just be yourself and don’t be afraid to do things you never thought you will do.

Q: Any tips on how to make friends?

A: Just be yourself! I was a ball of unwarranted stress and anxiety because I am not good at talking to people, but I took a deep breath, and just followed the current. I smiled and I didn’t force anything. Things will work out, instantly or over time, just never give up.

Q: How important is having a sense of humor?

A: Personally, I think having a sense of humor is pretty important. Especially in adult life. Everyone makes jokes, everyone is sarcastic, and people love to laugh! You can brighten up anyone’s mood, even your own, by making someone laugh.

Q: What life and/or study advice did someone give you that you think is worth passing on?

A: Everything happens for a reason. Even if something very difficult is thrown onto your path, just know, that things happen for a reason. It might be for you to learn from or to grow stronger. Just know that with time and patience and a positive mind, you can easily push through anything, and become the best person you hope to be.

Dehan Reinecke

Q: What tip would you give when studying for an exam?

A: Focus on goals and you will achieve it.

Q: If you miss a class due to being sick or just not being able to go to class, what tip would you give yourself or a future first-year in catching up?

A: Some lectures do give extra time if you go to them and arrange a study session, don’t try and do it all on your own.

Q: How important is having a “social life” while you are studying?

A: It differs from person to person, some people like going out and having fun while others like staying in and socializing with a few people.

Q: If you had no motivation for studying what would you do to get your head back into the game?

A: Remember what you are doing it for, keep a tunnel vision on your goals and push through.  Soon success will come your way!

Q: If you experienced peer pressure how would you handle it / how did you handle it?

A: Don’t fold under pressure, don’t make irrational decisions based on you wanting to fit in, and if you feel uncomfortable in a situation, turn around and walk away.

Q: How important is having a sense of humor?

A: Very important, if you don’t know how to laugh you’ll be facing a lot of stress and even depression. It’s important to make a bad situation better through a little humor.

Q: If you live in the hostel or in an apartment, and you have to hustle when doing your own laundry, making your own food, what are some handy tips – things you’ve learned that you didn’t know while you were still living with your parents. 

A: Learn to manage your time before you move out of your parents’ house. You are going to have to learn to do things for yourself, no one else is going to do it for you, sometimes sleep is going to have to be sacrificed to complete every task.

Marlize Marais:

Q: Do you have any tips you would like to share with someone who might not enjoy doing sport?

A:  I used to suck at sport during high school because I am not good at the sport the school offers, so I tried a different sport outside of school and I did really well. It important to try new things because you never know if you might really enjoy it and it is important to get out of your comfort zone.

Q: Would you change anything about your first-year diet and exercise regime?

A: I am not going to lie – the first year syndrome is real. It is not easy trying to keep up with your full-time studies, your social life, and your fitness. It is important to be organized and make time for everything. After a few weeks of studying you get used to it and once you are used to your new schedule, it is easy to fit in a gym session in the evenings.

Q: What life and/or study advice did someone give you that you think is worth passing on?

A: Always work hard, even if it’s a ten-mark class test. Study hard for it because it makes studying so much easier. If you studied something hard once, you will remember it. I still remember the marketing mix from the beginning of the year.

Nicholas Luke Erasmus

Q: What tip would you give when packing for the first year camp?

A: Old shoes and clothing, you can show off but you’ll probably regret it. Fun board games to play during breaks.

Q: What tip would you give when studying for an exam?

A: Make use of the slides provided by the lecturer, it’s often a summary of all the work. Be present for the scope.

Q: How involved do you think your parents should be in your student life?

A: In terms of hospitality, transport, and money – your parents will definitely be involved quite often.

Q: If you had no motivation for studying what would you do to get your head back into the game?

A: I often watch YouTube videos of celebrities who really work hard during their day and encourage others to do so as well. They often make me feel bad when I am not studying.

Q: Any tips on how to make friends easily?

A: Be confident, most of the time you’ll find yourself making friends involuntarily. It just happens.

Q:  What life and/or study advice did someone give you that you think is worth passing on?

A: Plan ahead, dream big, think about your future. These three things will often motivate you in life and while you are studying.

We are looking forward to seeing all the new faces on campus in 2019! Don’t forget, late registrations are still open until 25 January 2019. Join the Prestige Academy family TODAY!