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From the Editor: Melancholy March

This time of year is always a drag, and I have been trying to figure it out for the past couple of years. It seems that there is always a slump in morale. It could be because of the first round of semester tests, the changing seasons, or a general knuckle down that throws all our lives to the wind.

I’ve seen many people struggling, I have even seen it in the Perdeby office with our work. People need a break. So here is some unofficial advice form an almost old guy who is still trying to figure it out himself. I should probably also add the disclaimer that I also feel melancholy march, but this could also be that I don’t take my own advice.

Unwind. I find it’s very important to let your hair down and fully forget about your studies and stresses for a little while. Watch some series or go for a run. Just lie about enjoying the peaceful bliss of silence.

Don’t unwind. More important than unwinding is to not unwind. You have issues you need to address and work you need to do. Get to it and go wild. Make sure you demarcate your chill time and grind time.

Make lists. Lists are crazy useful. Make lists and start at the hardest item and work your way down. Or start at the easiest and work your way up. Don’t forget to include a headline for your list. I like to use “List” when in doubt.

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Rated X18

I always get excited when we hire new staff, and this year was quite the intake. We had very little room at the paper as we weren’t far from capacity. We had so many applications we couldn’t even give everyone an interview, but I’m excited to see what the new staff can do.

One thing that I noticed was that no one knows what happens behind the scenes. I don’t expect people to know how we work, but there were many misconceptions about Perdeby that I think should be clarified. I’ve put together a nifty infographic on how Perdeby works as part of my editorial this week. Hopefully you will see how much work, dedication, and professional skill each of our staff members puts into the publication on a weekly basis.

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From the Editor: News, news, news

Last week was an interesting one. So much happened in our country, and even over our borders. Some good, others horrendous, and also some things that are a bit more complicated than that.

Probably the biggest thing to come out of last week is a new president. I don’t think many people were expecting Zuma’s Valentine’s day announcement. I went to bed early that night and woke up to the news about Zuma, but sadly also the news about the Florida school shooting, and about the sad death of Morgan Tsvangirai, but with some mixed feelings about his hero status. In any case, we can only look with hope to the future after President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address.

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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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