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The After Life

The semester is ending; I am almost done with the examinations.

Been boggled about what is next,

What next after university.

What should one be doing as they wait anxiously for the final results that will determine whether they will graduate or not….

Well, it is now more about the title and graduating that matters most than the life after that because still, it is unknown.

The economy has managed to play that part quite well,

No companies to accommodate us all,

No stable economy,

No JOBS!!!

The song has been sung over and over but still no jobs.

 

It is a feeling filled up with mixed emotions for most part fours, at least most of my colleagues.

It is nice to finish varsity because of the stressful assignments but then what next…

Most companies are not employing, story of every Zimbabwean.

Staying at home and just waiting is not ideal also.

Year in and year out thousands graduate and most graduates only hope for a better future.

Amidst the uncertainties of life hope is not lost, hope that our government will eventually act and do something to cater for the thousands of unemployed graduates around Zimbabwe.

But just like the afterlife, it remains unknown…

 

 

 

 

 

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CHRONICLES OF A GRADUATE

It’s common knowledge that getting a Degree, Masters or PhD requires hard work and commitment.  Anyway, it is meant to be.

Some even say that if you’re not up all night working or skipping meals, you’re doing it wrong. But while Degree, Masters or PhD students are not so naive as to enter the program expecting an easy ride, there is a cost to the endeavor that no one talks about: a psychological one.

‘The days I spent pursuing my PhD in physics were some of my darkest’, said a PhD holder. ‘It wasn’t the intellectual challenges or the workload that brought me down; it was my deteriorating mental health. I felt unsupported, and adrift in uncertainty. Anxiety attacks became a part of my daily life. Day in and day out I started thinking that maybe I was not cut out for this, my Masters was enough for me’.

People say it is worth every sweat, cent and you have to commit 100 percent, but what about the mental breakdowns, the fatigue, depression, anxiety and the headaches. All around the world graduates suffer from one thing or another because of too much reading or confusion at times but it is all worth it at the end because they do get jobs unlike in Zimbabwe where a person has to struggle or wait 5 or more years to get employed.

It has been reported that 53% of academics in the United Kingdom suffer from mental illness.
 

Making it to college single handedly

by Samantha Kuboni

The journey set before her was not an easy one but surely one she was prepared to sail through, through thick and thin.

When she received her Advanced level grades she was trigger happy because they were remarkable. She had the second highest grades at school. She was ecstatic about it and she looked forward to the future.

Alone with no one on her side, she set her sight on being an independent woman, a super woman. Things were hard, even from afar one could see that she seemed like a person who was carrying the whole world on her shoulders. But she dared to be an exception and be different from the rest.

She sent application forms to various universities. Mind you, she had no idea where she will get the money to pay fees if she were to be accepted in any of the varsities. She decided to be clever, she sent out CVs from supermarkets to companies all around town. She did not have anything but she held on to hope and faith.

Temptations came in sprinting at a time where she was stranded but she did not barge. She believed she was going to hold her head up high one day when she had succeeded. She wrote in her diary;

” I  vow, no matter how tough the situation might be, I will never get money through taking my clothes off”

She set principles for herself and would not let anything stand in the way of her integrity and self-respect.

Minutes turned to hours and hours turned to days, days into months and still there was nothing from the companies she had applied to. Time was flying and schools were two months from opening meaning that money was needed fast. Also to note is that she had not received the letter of acceptance from any varsity, but she had faith.

To raise the money which was going to be needed soon enough, she partnered with her friend in the buying and selling of clothes. Going to Botswana and also South Africa. To find capital was a bit of a struggle but against all odds it all worked out. Nothing was going to stop her in trying to educate herself and to see herself through in life.

As they say, good things come to those who wait and work hard. One good news came in conceiving another. She got a job and also received a letter that she had been accepted at varsity. Throughout her years there she did well in her studies and held her head up high in the struggles she came across because from them, she derived her strength. All this is now just a reminder of how strong she has become because of the circumstances she has faced in her life.

Going to school does not mean one has to sell their body or do wrong things. I Do not mean to be judgmental but the truth of the matter is that people have made it in their lives through doing things that they will not regret later on in life.

Life is hard everyone knows that, but it does not mean that it has to be rosy all the time. Going through hardships to go to college is just a passing phase that most people go through. However when one looks behind after the accomplishment of a degree it becomes the motivator and a testimony that will help the next person.

Hoping for the Hopeless…..

DREAMS HAVE BECOME SHATTERED AND EXPECTATIONS CRASHED, IT IS HOPING FOR THE HOPELESS……

by Samantha Kuboni

It has been 2 years since her graduation and she is still in the queue for those hoping to get a fitting job in relation to the degree that she has. She studied Journalism and Media studies at the National University of Science and Technology soon after High school. When asked about what made her decide to go to college she did not show the enthusiasm that most part ones have towards university and its life.

‘I can’t say it was my decision to go to varsity. It seemed the most natural thing to do after high school’, she said.

She added that things after Varsity did not go the way that she had anticipated when she first started, but it was what she made out of the situation. Choosing the course for Ropah was the most interesting and challenging one among the options offered at the college, and the expectations after where that seen on American series or the Bob Woodward features but alas.

Like thousands of other graduates she is struggling to get a permanent job in the country, but rather scrambling over any opportunity of a job even when it is a one month contract.

Asked about her current job, she sighs and says, ‘no permanent job at the moment but doing a lot of media relations in social work field. Well…, it pays okay and well at times’,

However, the lack of enthusiasm from graduates can be highly attributed to the crippling economic situation in Zimbabwe. In 2014, the DailyNews reported that an estimated 40000 graduates are unemployed and resorting to vending and it is now 2017, and the situation is only but getting worse.

Going to varsity has become more of a status thing than wanting to contribute your knowledge to the country because there are no jobs after. Dreams have become shattered and expectations crashed, it is hoping for the hopeless…