Change the world

Making the most of your university experience. You’ve done it! Matric is almost under your belt and you’re ready to rock the next (best) phase of young adulthood. 

 Tertiary education is an opportunity to grow both academically and personally. Making friends and memories is as much a part of campus life as lectures and exams.

The journey towards figuring out who you are, and what you want out of life, starts here.

Be the change

Smart undergraduates know that BALANCE is key to a successful university experience.

All work and no play doesn’t work – and neither does all play and no work.

There are so many lovely opportunities up for grabs during these student years. Here’s how to take advantage of them.

Please don’t skip this! Orientation helps you to settle more quickly and is the ultimate kick-start to a great university career.

  • A first-year programme designed around you and your needs
  • A First Year Success Buddy to guide and support you on campus
  • Meet-and-greet get-togethers with lecturers and classmates
  • Workshops and help with building a support network
  • University terminology explained.

A weekly planner and wall calendar are musts – for both academics and your hectic social life!

Include the following in your planner and calendar:

  • fixed commitments (classes, exams, tests, assignments)
  • learning, research and projects
  • social events (parties, etc)
  • sports, hobbies, exercise.

Being organised and having a routine helps you to stay on top of things – and prevents burn-out. Need a little help? Read our tips on managing your time.


Attending lectures and doing your assignments is one thing – but going the extra mile is a true investment in your future.

  • don’t do the bare minimum – add extra reading, classes or revision
  • being a student is like a full-time job – the more you put in, the more you’ll get out
  • don’t skip lectures and tutorials, even if you think it’s ‘too easy’ or you ‘know the work’
  • avoid procrastinating – get assessments and revision done in time.

Need a little academic help? Check out our campus study resources, such as Supplemental Instruction, or ask your residence manager/tutor/an older student/lecturer for advice.  

Don’t be scared to approach them – it’s their job to help you. Listen in class and introduce yourself during office hours. A friendly and professional relationship with those who teach you just makes everything easier.

Please get involved in university life – there’s something for everyone (even if you’re outrageously shy). Check out activities, societies, sports, hobbies, community engagement and leadership development options. Fun, guaranteed!


Even university veterans get it wrong sometimes. You are not alone if you’re feeling confused, ignorant, stressed, homesick, lonely or overworked. We’re here to help.

  • seek student counselling
  • use our extensive support services (mental, sexual, career and financial challenges).

You deserve guidance and support to be physically, mentally and emotionally healthy. Don’t be afraid to ask.

It seems obvious, but sometimes we forget that life is for living – get out there and have a good time! Meet people from all walks of life, join a society or sport that appeals to you, and enjoy making friends. These are among the best days of your life.

We look forward to welcoming you to Nelson Mandela University. Start your journey with us and change the world.


Posted on 29 July 2021 12:20:58

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