I can still remember the day I saw the Future Stars Awards poster on the school’s notice board and telling my friend that I was going to enter. She laughed at me and thought I was crazy, but I told myself that no one defines my future only I do. I went ahead and submitted my entry, and started asking my peers to vote for me. Most of them did not seem to have too much interest and that made me even more determined to succeed, I would walk around campus asking for votes and that taught me a valuable lesson that determination is power I was so determined to become a finalist that would get to school earlier than usually so that I can get people to vote for me.

I was over the moon when I received the email informing me that I was one of the finalists, I couldn’t wait to meet there other finalists. Finally the day came and I was a bit anxious yet excited. Meeting such young and inspirational people made me realise that our country has a bright future, young people who are determined to succeed against all odds. Like the wise Nelson Mandela said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. We are fortunate to have a government that offers free education for all and there are plenty of bursaries available to help us as the youth to obtain qualifications which will ensure a better quality of life.

Our current situation does not have to stop us from dreaming big, we all have it in us to be great. Eleanor Roosevelt once said that “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” which is my favourite quote. We are the masters of our destinies and once we start believing in our dreams and work towards making them a reality then success is well within our reach #If you can DREAM it and you BELIEVE it, you can Do it!!!

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