Honours the Journey

My Honours journey started with a tweet by my third year lecturer DR Corne Davis who literally tweeted, “I’m looking for Allan Hill Urgently. Can you please respond if you are around?” I obviously responded and found out that the University needed some information from me, a few days later I was informed that I had indeed been accepted to study my BA Honours in Strategic Communication. I won’t lie I was ecstatic when I found out as were my family and then the nerves kicked in as I had no idea of what to expect. When I applied for Honours I really wasn’t expecting to get in, I decided to apply and try my luck and somehow it paid off, for which I am very thankful!

Honours for me started right after the summer holiday, I came back from my holiday in St Lucia and kicked off Honours “on-boarding” the very next day. I remember it as if it were yesterday and in other ways it feels like such a long time ago. I knew very few people in the Honours class so the first few days or weeks were a bit awkward as myself and everybody else tried to find their little niches and clicks and slowly started settling in. I found my true friends in the Honours class a bit later on as I generally take forever to let people in or really show an interest in people but I definitely made some really good friends this year.

The first major part of my Honours journey happened right at the beginning of the year when we had to be put into groups in order to work as “miniature agencies” in order to do jobs for clients. The groups were selected by the lecturers and I was put into a group where I did not know anyone and I think in the beginning we all hated this idea, I know I did, but as the year went on and we got to know one another we seemed to get on really well and we worked well as a group, obviously there were the odd hiccups along the way but I think that is par for the course with group work, its just how you as a group deal with those hiccups and learn from them.

I personally found Honours to be an extremely challenging adventure, it is a vastly different experience when one compares it to a normal undergrad degree. I don’t think anything really prepares you for Honours even if you speak to someone who has gone through Honours themselves because everybody’s journey is so very different and unique. I found that Honours really tested me as a person on so many different levels; personally it tested me on an emotional level, mental level and a physical level. There were times when Honours was “RELATIVELY” chilled and there is a lot of emphasis on the word “relatively” and then there were times, which literally broke you as a person, or at least it felt that way.

I would not necessarily say that Honours changed me as a person as when I began this journey I was not really looking to ne changed. I am a person who is extremely comfortable with myself and am very happy with the person I am and what I have personally achieve as a person. However, even if one is not ultimately seeking change, change always seems to find one as we are constantly changing as a species and in order to survive we as a species have to change and adapt.  Honours certainly tested my ability or lack thereof to manage time, this is an area which I still need to focus on a great deal but Honours certainly taught me how to manage my time and use the time that is given to the optimal level. I also found that I matured immensely during the Honours programme, I believe that I particularly matured on both a mental and emotional level. Mentally I improved my ability to understand the research process and how to go about researching a variety of topics at the same time, I also learned how to synthesis large amounts of work into relatively bite sized chunks. Most importantly on a mental level Honours taught me how to think smarter and not necessarily harder. On an emotional level Honours taught me to keep my emotions in check and always remember that as much stress you find yourself in there is always somebody who is more stressed than you. I also found that Honours taught me to deal with stress and how to manage myself under sometimes-extreme amounts of pressure and stress. Honours changed me as a person in the manner in which I interact with people, I found that in undergrad if you were “white” you sat with the “white” people and if you were “black” you sat with “black” people however I did not find this to be the case in Honours I found myself interacting with a variety of different people and engaging them and getting to know them not just as class mates but as people. This is something that I really enjoyed and I have realized that if you treat others with the respect that they deserve, you will ultimately be treated in the same manner. My biggest change in Honours about myself is that I as a person have matured, I have grown into a young guy that respects his peers, that respects those with authority and respects the environment in which I find myself in-I have matured. 

Its the big one

So…its the week end YAY!!

However, for some this week end is even bigger than it is for others…in my case its huge, its massive, its fantastic and yes i’m flippen excited 🙂

I’m sure by now you are wondering what I am gonna get up to, well to kick start I’ll be doing “the white thing” which means I’ll be spending loads of money at Woolies, yay for Woolies 🙂 Seriously though, this week end is gonna be great. I’m headed to the best place in the world and in my humble opinion there aren’t too many places that rival this place in terms of pure natural, natural, wild beauty. The place i’m referring to is the Kruger National Park. I cannot wait to get up early tomorrow morning and hit the highway until I find myself arriving at Paul Kruger gate and commence my exploration of the wonderful realm that is the Kruger Park. So yes, whilst you sit in Johannesburg in the concrete jungle freezing your ass off tomorrow think of me whilst I light a braai, crack open a cold one, take a seat an listen to the wonderful evening chatter in the park.

The only upside I can possibly think of for people staying in Johannesburg this week end is that you will have access to a TV which I do will not have access to and which means you will be able to watch the biggest club rivalry in the world and in my opinion the greatest football match to watch…yes…you guessed it, its Liverpool FC vs Man Utd at Anfield this week end so to the lucky guys and girls who get too watch it enjoy and GET IN ya Merseyside REDS YNWA!! Image

One Crazy Cool Dog

One of the best things to do is too spend time with a pet and in my case, its not just any pet but my wonderfully playful energetic 3 year old Cocker Spaniel. I got him by chance, we were walking through Sandton City Shopping Centre and my family and girlfriend decided to venture into the pet store where low and behold sat three of the most adorable little ginger Cocker Spaniels just starring at us with their sad take me home droopy eye faces. My family played with the puppies for a while and decided it would be best to leave it as we already had two other Spaniels at home, little did we know that my girlfriend would have the ability to convince both my parents that we had to take one of the puppies and that we could not just leave it there…too cut a long story short we arrived home with the cutest little ginger Cocker Spaniel puppy and named him Charlie.

Three years on and he is literally one of my best friends, Charlie follows me everywhere, when I’m doing Honours assignments he sits under my chair or lies at my feet, when I wash the car he is running around playing with the hose pipes or stealing the sponges and cloths. However, his favourite thing in the entire world happens at 07:30 every morning and that is when I take him for a run. He loves it and it is seriously one of the funniest things to watch because he literally lies outside my bedroom door from around twenty past seven and literally tries to push the door open so he can get me up so I can take him for a run. When I open the door to let him in he immediately goes to my cupboard and takes my running shoes out and brings them to me and it doesn’t stop there because he then runs straight to the kitchen and shows me which cupboard his lead is in, its the cutest.

#thehonesttruth Dogs have an incredible way of making one smile even when one is feeling very down or upset they have an uncanny ability to make one laugh and smile. Soooo…be a friend to your dog, he may return the favour and live up to the logo of been, “Man’s best Friend” do it, the rewards are awesome!

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My favourite football anthem

Gerry and the Pacemakers – You’ll Never Walk Alone

Liverpool Football Clubs anthem, the anthem of motivation and glory! My dream is to sit in Anfield, Kop end of course and stand with other Kopites and sing the beloved anthem before a big European game. On a sporting wish list, this is pretty high up on anyone’s agenda.

 

When you walk through a storm hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark
At the end of a storm is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on, walk on with a hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never, ever walk alone

Walk on, walk on with a hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never, ever walk alone

Lyrics from: http://www.songlyrics.com/gerry-and-the-pacemakers/you-ll-never-walk-alone-lyrics/ 

#thehonesttruth this song is probably the most famous football anthem of all time and has inspired countless Liverpool fans to dream big and urge their team to glory. The lyrics are particularly motivational and I found myself listening to YouTube clips of Liverpool fans chanting our anthem out at glorious footballing occasions and instantly feel like I can achieve the impossible, its my motivational song as well, whats yours?