Onelela Jijana

Country representing

South Africa

Languages

English

Education

  • University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
  • BA Degree (International Relations and Politics)

Current organisation

Businesswomen's Association Student Chapter (Wits

Current role

Student

Skills and Expertise

International relations
Politics
Research
Social entrepreneurship
Social media

Areas of interest

Business
Leadership
Media
Peace and Conflict
Youth Unemployment

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I am passionate about

Actions

I mentor first year/ first time university students, helping them with the transition from high school to university, the social and financial change that comes with this. I find that this transition is one that is often undermined and downplayed with the "if you made it through high school, you'll make it in university.' However this is not the case, and evidence of this is found in the ever increasing drop out rates in South Africa. I find that this is owing to the lack of guidance that is offered at a tertiary level, especially for students from underprivileged and rural homes. I offer my mentees academic guidance, emotional and social support. This lessens the chances of dropouts as students now find it easier to navigate around the institution and all that it has to offer and avoid being overwhelmed.