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This week the University of Pretoria welcomes back its veteran students, after what feels like an eternity of a break. The first week back on campus always feels like a fresh start, another opportunity to achieve the goals that you set out for yourself when you began your degree. This year began a little differently compared to usual, without the traditional Rag procession and associated festivities. The Rag procession, which traditionally would have taken place over the weekend, has been cancelled for the time being (We’ve got an article on page 4 outlining this year’s Rag format), but while the first-year singing competition, InSync, may have been rebranded this year, it remained as good as its previous incarnation in prior years. The university has also implemented stricter access control rules, which may make getting on to campus a bit of a time consuming process as well. This means that you’ll probably have to be at the gates extra early if you want to make that 7:30am lecture. There’s a lot to look forward to this year, and Perdeby remains committed to keeping you informed about everything that happens at our university. If you’re interested in volunteering at Perdeby, look out for an application form in this edition. You’ll never know if you don’t apply. Wishing you the best for the academic year ahead.
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“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking” - Gen. George S Patton.
Welcome to arguably the best years of your life. I am completely aware of the information and emotion overload you currently face. The uncertainty and excitement of what lies ahead can be daunting and there will be people who will try to take advantage of your current state of confusion. Stand strong, keep a level head and accomplish what you set out to do the day you decided to enrol at this institution: graduate.
As I enter my fourth year at university, I remember the first day I stepped onto this campus in the beginning of 2014. It was the most uncertain that I had ever been, and I had so many questions on my mind. Was I really cut out to become a lawyer? Would I be able to cope with the pressures of university? Was I ready to leave my hometown and begin the next chapter of my life? Three years later the answers to all those questions are a solid yes. It wasn’t easy at first, but my university experience has been the best period of growth I’ve experienced so far.
Helen Thomas said, “We don’t go into journalism to be popular. It is our job to seek the truth and put constant pressure on our leaders until we get answers.”
Every year our final edition marks the end of the academic year and the start of exams. We reflect on the news of the year gone by and set our sights on the challenges the following year may bring. Fees Must Fall has, however, decided differently for us this year, and it had to be expected considering the government’s lack of engagement with students since then. It has been a taxing two years for you as student and for Perdeby as a publication. We’ve seen exponential growth in our digital platforms and because of this we had to rethink the way we present the news.