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From the Editor: Res. But what about those left behind?

For the last week I have been going through the struggles of walking at a snail’s pace behind scared flocks of freshers, watched the doomed high school couples try find places on campus to try mash faces, and been asked hundreds of times where the Aula, Oom Gerts, or even the Thuto building is (as we stood on the path between the Perdeby office and Roosmaryn). Then I got to go watch the 1nSync performance on Saturday night to see what the newest crop of res kids have to offer. It got me thinking back to my own days in Olienhout and how far I have come since then. 
I did not have any expectations when I arrived in Pretoria in 2013. I simply didn’t think about it and I accepted and embraced everything put before me, taking it one day at a time. I have cherished memories from res and I wouldn’t be the same person I am today if it wasn’t for my time in res. Res is an amazing place where you can make the most solid friendships you will probably ever make, you can get support from everyone around you, and ease the sadness of knowing you are missing mom’s roast dinner on Wednesday night. I took part in Serrie, went to the socials, the whole shebang, and I really had the time of my life.

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From the Editor: Go wild

Perdeby is the oldest student newspaper in South Africa. This year will mark the 80th year of bringing news to students. Our paper is recognised in the right circles and we always strive to uphold this quality. Follow us on our social media platforms to stay up to date with all our content and look forward to our weekly video content. We have worked hard over the holiday to make sure you will get entertaining and informative video content on a weekly basis, not to mention this first year’s edition which will hopefully help you transition into this new stage of life.

Welcome to university. You are going to learn so much in these first few weeks and you will probably have advice thrown at you from every direction. As I write this I am trying to limit the barrage of lessons I learned in my six years here. I’ll try reducing my two cents to a couple of points…

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From the Editor: See you on the flip side, kids…

The year has come and gone for the Perdeby staff. It feels like just yesterday that the rest of the editorial and I sat down in the previous editor, Huvasan’s, office for the first time, new, timid and unsure. We have made mistakes, but we have learned, grown and matured into a close editorial that can tackle any situation placed before us. We started as a completely new group with no previous experience between us, but we found our way in the end. Happily, some of us are staying, bringing our experience from this year into the new one. We have some exciting plans for next year, so look forward to picking up your first copy of Perdeby on campus in 2018.

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From the Editor: It’s crunch time, baby…

The Jacarandas are out and it is half way through October, if you hadn’t noticed it’s almost the end of the year and it is time to get serious. This time of the year can get to some people and the pressures to do well can affect students deeply. Some students will be writing their last exams for their university career and others will be experiencing their first October crunch. We all deal with the stress differently, I like to hang around under the Jacaranda trees, hoping to get the flowers to hit my head and shower me with their legendary good luck. Stress really gets to me sometimes and during those times I always have to step back and tell myself that life goes on and that things will always be okay (I hope). There is always support though, we are all students and we all understand. Speak to your friends and family, but if you can’t, speak to student support on campus. Check out page 5 to see how you can find support on campus.

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From the Editor: Spring and other silly things

It is ridiculous that it is already almost October. It also seems that we have completely skipped over spring too, one day I was wearing hoodies over jerseys, the next I’m trying to find the thinnest shirts in my cupboard, in another we will be preparing for the stress of exams.

The world is filled with silly things, but things we assume are silly can be serious too. Take the silly leader Kim Jong-un (or as another silly world leader calls him: “rocket man”); this walking f***-boy hair-cut could lead the world to a nuclear war. The prospect is so serious, the Perdeby office is increasingly being populated by dooms-day-preppers. Even Pssst… is hiding in the nuclear shelter under the floorboards of the Perdeby office. If you haven’t heard much about North Korea, take a look at our article for a quick guide on it.

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