Class of 2017, This One's For You! The #TipsForMatric17 Guide

1: Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Congrats to the Class of 2017!


#MatricResults2017 are out and the world is your oyster, bbz. The hardest part is over (um, writing 2 hour exams back-to-back is no joke) but whether you’re going to varsity, getting your diploma, taking a course online or re-writing your exams, don’t panic!

Don’t be discouraged by others’ choices, privileges, grades or paths that differ from your own- do you, boo. Failing matric isn’t the end of the road, and not getting into the faculty you thought you would doesn’t mean you’re stuck forever.

Here are COSMO’s #TipsForMatrics to get you started on the right track:

DISCLAIMER: These tips are fire but everyone is different. Don’t forget to reach out to counselors, mentors, and academic advisors to check what the options are for you.

1 Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Help

The gap from Matric to real life is big. Don’t be a hero when all you really need is some help. In fact, asking for help can make your workload, time management and overall experience go a lot smoother. Not sure where your next class is? Ask for help. Need to find out how to write a supplementary? Ask for help. It’s out there!

2 Guess what? It’s Okay to Fail

Your going to learn more than you can imagine outside of high-school and learning means unlearning, too. You’re going to fail, you’re going to feel like everyone around you is smarter and has their stuff together, and when you get your first test paper back it may not be the 80s you’re used to. That’s fine! You’re in this phase to fail and learn from it. Don’t feel intimidated by this idea that you have to be a certain typa way to be valid. Just show up for yourself and do your best!

3 Get Involved!

Studying isn’t just about the books. There are few times in your life where you’ll be in a melting pot of cultures, ethnicities, genders and experiences. Talk to people, find your community, join societies, volunteer, form a club, explore and step out of your comfort zone. This is the perfect time to find yourself and learn outside yourself, take it! Even if you’re not going to study, taking a gap year or re-writing, that doesn’t mean you can’t still find support and get involved in extra-murals. Find out what’s happening in your ‘hood and see what you can bring to the table.

4 What You Study Now Doesn’t Mean That’s Where You’ll End Up

If you change your mind mid-degree or decide you’re not feeling your programme mid-semester, the awesome thing nobody ever tells you is that it’s okay to do something you didn’t study. Most don’t have the luxury of chopping and changing our choices, but if you are doing something out of pressure or necessity, it doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck in it forever.

Your journey isn’t linear, try to make something of the ebb and flow and go where it takes you.

5 This Is Only the Beginning

It seems daunting and overwhelming- like everything you do now determines how your life is going to go. It feels like you don’t have much choice when you’re still a teen and all these decisions are being made for you, but you’ll see that you have more agency than you know, and what’s more empowering than knowing you get to decide, for a change?


Check out our #DoYou series on taking care of your mental health.

Need help? Reach out!

Universities also have psychiatric measures in place. View the contact details per university Here 

Adcock Ingram Depression and Anxiety Helpline: 0800 708 090

ADHD Helpline : 0800 554 433

Akeso Psychiatric Response Unit (24-Hour) : 0861 435 787

Department Of Social Development Substance Abuse Helpline (24-Hour) : 0800 121 314/SMS: 32312

SADAG Mental Health Line : 011 234 4837

SADAG Suicide Crisis Line :0800 567 567


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