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The start of my story is pretty much the same as every single student at Stellenbosch, except I was not part of the University, I was a student at Isa Carstens. Excited and content with the next chapter in my life. Moving out of the house and moving into Isa Carstens hostel. All the years of hearing about Stellenbosch and how amazing “jool week” is and all the fun you are going to have I was beyond excited, but nobody ever told me about how long your class hours are going to be or how you are going to have to study to actually get through your first, second and third year and actually get the qualification your parents are paying so much for.
First week of Isa Carstens was exciting and new. New friends, and new found freedom with no parents looking over your shoulder. But when class actually started, was when reality hit me. I called my Father in tears and asked him to meet me for lunch. My exact words to him was, I DO NOT WANT TO BE HERE. After that meeting with my father I went straight up to Mrs Burgers office, tears rolling down my face begging her to move me to the Gap Year Course so that I only have to be here for a year. I told her that I don’t want to struggle, I wanted it to be easy and I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. First Anatomy test I got 24%. I passed my first year by finding marks somewhere and having retakes of almost every single subject we had. I was in Mrs Burgers office more than she had time for me, but I was there, complaining about life hoping it will get easier. It never got easier. Second Year Anatomy, still got 24%. After a very long battle with the lecturers, Mrs Burger and myself personally, I finally finished my 3 years at Isa Carstens. Trust me, I celebrated. Why am i telling you this story? Because I was one of those students that had to work hard to get where I am today, I had to struggle for 3 years. Yes there were times when i did not want to study and did not give it my all in a 3 hour Pathology class. But i knew what it was like being disappointed in myself and having to spend my off time to be in extra class or to give up that first week of December holiday to study to pass your 2nd retake exam.I hated a Micro-Current Machine when I was done with Isa Carstens. I thought I was going to change careers as soon as I was done, but I got the opportunity of a life time to travel the world and work. I worked for Steiner on the cruise ships, and then when I came back, doors opened. Applying for a job with Isa Carstens on my CV was easy, I was offered jobs without even going for interviews, because they knew the standard of Isa Carstens. The love I now have for the industry, is beyond what I ever imagined it will be. Life proves you wrong sometimes. I always had that idea in the back of my mind that I wanted to be more than just a spa therapist, and I am today, at the age of 23, I am an Africology Spa Manager of 4 Beautiful Private Lodges located in the Sabi Sands.
Life is not easy but it is worth every bit. To all the Isa Carstens Students out there that are busy with your first, second or third year, don’t ever doubt yourself, you can also make a success. Isa Carstens is not easy, but it gives you a qualification that will open doors for you and you will look back like I am looking back and you will not regret one bit of your struggle. For me, it was worth it at the end. To all the lecturers that had to put up with my complaints, tears and frustration, especially Mrs Kotze and Mrs Burger. Thank you. And to all my fellow Isa Carstens Students I hope you are all making a success out of what you have chosen to do.
Thank you Isa Carstens. All of my love . Isa Carstens Graduate 2014
Yvonne de Wet