As University of Pretoria students gradually make their way back to campus as a result of easing COVID-19 restrictions, bursary recipients of the FASSET, ISFAP and Thuthuka (FIT) programme in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
recently took part in an exciting ‘Walk to your success’ event.
The FIT programme is a student support initiative that pools together the resources of the Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority (FASSET), Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP) and Thuthuka bursaries for maximum impact on students studying towards becoming chartered accountants and other types of commerce professionals.
The FIT students participated in a walk around the UP Hatfield Campus on 23 April 2022, which was aimed at equipping them with the six FIT GROWTH success factors they need to ultimately achieve success, which are growth, recharge, ownership, work, thankfulness, and honesty. These success factors were used to create different stations where students received a tangible item to help them remember the content that was discussed and implement it in their lives going forward.
Members of the FIT team, from left: Lehlogonolo Mogafe, Tanja Steyn, Leana du Plessis, Nyasha Dhlembeu, Aneesa Carrim, Dimpho Lekoloane and Fanie Walters
“The walk kicked off at the Amphitheater, where we focused on honesty, which we believe is the foundation of all the other success factors and therefore a fitting way to start the morning,” said the FIT management team.
From there, the students were split into five groups and received a clue to direct them to a specific place on campus. When the students arrived at each station on campus, they found a FIT team member there, who talked to the students about one of the other success factors. They then received another clue for their next station and that is how they knew where to go.
One of the participants commented, “It was very insightful, I learned quite a lot and it helped to shift my perspective of what ultimate success is all about. It was also a form of motivation and a ‘formula’ to follow that will help me get to the point I see myself at in the next couple of months and even years.”
Some of the highlights of the day were students receiving a motivational letter written by a fellow FIT student at the 'thankfulness' station, doughnuts at the 'ownership' station to remind them to focus on their circle of control, seeds at the 'growth' station, an energy bar at the 'recharge' station and Smarties at the 'work' station.
A group of students that participated in the FIT ‘Walk to your success’ event
“I learned very useful principles from the different stations we visited, like how to rest properly, how to differentiate between things I can control and things I cannot, and how to react when facing such. But most importantly I learned to be grateful for where I am currently, as most youth my age wishes to be at the University of Pretoria and studying the degree I'm currently studying,” said another participant.
The event concluded with a final stop at the Amphitheater, where the importance of relationships in the journey to success was highlighted and how you can achieve so much by working together with other people.
“It was such an interesting and informative event that was much needed to awaken the sleeping parts of our brain that got knocked by the first quarter. The time spent walking and interacting with peers while exploring campus was wonderful,” said a participant on the day.