Racing towards the stars: A closer look at the PGDAS amazing race

Posted on February 22, 2024

In an electrifying start to their academic year, our Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting Sciences (PGDAS) students participated in a thrilling adventure – the PGDAS Amazing Race. From the moment they arrived, it was evident that this was no ordinary orientation. Instead of traditional lectures or seminars, students were immersed in a race against time, where each station held the key to unlocking their potential for success on the journey ahead.
The race began with "preparing for launch", where participants were welcomed with a comprehensive 10-point plan to equip them with the essential tools and strategies needed for their academic journey. This initial step set the stage for what was to come, instilling in each participant a sense of purpose and determination.
Students encountered various challenges and learning opportunities as they navigated the various stations. At the "thinking outside the dome" station, they gained insights into approaching and conquering the unique challenges of one of their core modules, Financial Management 705. At the same time, the "everything in the universe is connected" station emphasised the importance of networking and building connections in their academic and professional pursuits.
Other stations, such as "how to turn an undergraduate muffin into a CTA cupcake" and "sweet section 25H", offered tailored guidance for their Taxation and Auditing modules, empowering students to navigate their academic year confidently.
However, the race was not merely about academic pursuits. The "never spacewalk alone" station reminded participants of the value of collaboration and seeking assistance when needed. At the same time, the "risk number 2" station underscored the importance of prioritising mental health amidst the demands of their studies.
As the race drew to a close, students gathered for the final stations, including "anatomy of the rocket" and "always balance your payload". Here, they reflected on the importance of critical thinking and maintaining a balanced approach to their academic pursuits, setting the stage for their continued success in the programme.

Prof Madeleine Stiglingh launched the PGDAS Amazing Race with a ten-point launch plan

The journey culminated with "my story" and "mission summary", where Randy Seda, a PGDAS alumni, shared his journey. All that was left was the final countdown, a 10-point launch plan, equipping them with the wisdom and determination to chart their course to success.
As the dust settled and the excitement lingered, all the lecturers involved agreed that “the PGDAS Amazing Race left an indelible mark on our students, igniting their passion for learning and fortifying their resolve to conquer new horizons”. They were armed with newfound knowledge, camaraderie, and a spirit of adventure. Professor Madeleine Stiglingh, Head of the UP-Accounting Sciences Programme, concluded: “Our PGDAS students stand poised to soar to unparalleled heights in their academic journey, as we aim to launch them to be ethical influencers who re-imagine and co-create the future.”

The PGDAS Class of 2024 wrapped up the Amazing Race with a passion for learning

Stay tuned for more thrilling adventures and triumphs as our students continue their journey of discovery and transformation in the PGDAS programme!
- Author Department of Accounting

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