WINDHOEK, 28 APR – It is important to celebrate achievements because it not only motivates you to continue on the path of success, but it also positions you as a winner and attracts more success.
These were the sentiments that were shared by Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) Vice Chancellor, Tjama Tjivikua, during the university’s annual awards ceremony on Monday, 22 April.
The sentiments were also echoed by Standard Bank’s PR and Communication Manager, Surihe Gaomas-Guchu, as she handed over prizes to some of the top performers.
Tjivikua expressed his delight at the event, stating that the evening was a testament of the students’ hard work and motivation towards their studies. He further commended them for conquering the various obstacles they faced during years of studies and reaching to the top.
‘We need to celebrate our achievements because it reinforces positive behaviour and attitudes. It changes your physiology and strengthens your psychology; it extends and tightens your network and lastly it positions you as a winner, thereby attracting more success. Getting to this point has been a joint effort from the students, lecturers and parents so we need to celebrate that,” Tjivikua stressed.
Three Bachelor of Marketing graduates received cash prizes (totalling N$10 000) from the Bank, namely Linzy Marcolynn (N$3000), Ndapwoshisho Wilbard (N$3000) and Errol Mbako (N$4000).
“We at Standard Bank are steadfast in our resolve to invest and celebrate academic excellence. These students have put in the work and persevered to break barriers to pass with flying colours and cement themselves as the crème dal crème of their peers, so it is in turn important that we show them that their work has not gone unnoticed,” Gaomas-Guchu said.
She explained that by acknowledging their hard work she believed that the recipients would be motivated to keep on working hard and inspire those who did not make it to also work hard.
“I have no doubt that today’s award ceremony will encourage all students to aim for excellence at all times. I also believe that all our prize winners will continue to do us proud, by one day becoming great leaders in the respective fields. We are really proud of you and confident that your role in the future will contribute to the enhancement of our economy and in turn our people,” she stressed.
The graduates were equally proud of themselves for their accomplishments and their prizes. Wilbard said she was grateful for her prize from the bank because it motivated her to continue with her studies and obtain her Honours degree.
She added that she would use her prize money to treat herself and give a portion of it to her parents as a sign of appreciation for all their support.
An elated Mbako also expressed his gratitude. “I am extremely grateful that the private sector is taking initiative to show us that they are invested in the growth of the youth and the contributions we can make to both the workforce and economy,” he said.
He concluded that he would his prize monies in his studies as he is enrolling to do his Masters in Inclusive Innovation at the University of Cape Town.