This is much more like calling a doctor to tell them about the new disease you have just discovered on yourself by yourself.

Just today I was looking at yet another ‘declined letter’ from a University I had applied to earlier this year and to my surprise, it was no longer a motivation to study harder at all. See, the first few letters always consoled and comforted me because they concluded with ‘your application will be reassessed when the final Grade 12 results become available’.

But what does that really mean huh? Karabo we are totally sorry to inform you that your marks are way below our minimum requirements and well there are millions and billions of your counterparts who performed way better than you and have already been provisionally accepted. You need to work your butt off and still there is really no way we will accommodate you because well it will be kind of full then don’t you think?

It is really difficult for a student from a public school who is not encouraged at all. Seeing your fellow counterparts travel in buses, cars and taxis to schools in towns and they come back twanging and twirling their tongues and talking about things you do not even dream about experiencing. This is not by mentality or laziness that we go through this, it is due to continuing pass rates which are sky high, our friends’ flashy badges and uniforms when we do not even own much, and the nasty attitude that shelters within each and every public student. We have got it all figured out, yes us, the minor, intellectually inferior black kids from schools that will never produce 100% pass rates, or a mere 7 distinctions from one of the learners.

We have rooted within us the indoctrination which is the most dangerous leading factor to our failure. We have tattooed on our hearts the destructive tendencies that come with our circumstances and decided to focus on them solely, because well, they are all we see when we look inside.

Mathematics and Science, the Key to being someone in this world, are the most feared and honored subjects any learner could ever succumb to. In my school, the science students are the ‘clever’ ones who bring out the worst results each and every year. As a commerce student tackling Mathematics, my love for Economics and wish to become an Economist made me realize that dreams are nothing without facts.

I knew that I am bad at mathematics, probably the worst in my class, but I AM also the best at Economics, Hell I speak Economic Science. Macro, Micro, Pursuits and Contemporary Economic Issues, ask me anything…

And I am not even adequate at Mathematics, the General subject needed to conquer my quest and come out triumphant. Contradictory? Ironic? Call it whatever you want, my dreams are fading and I am hopelessly gazing…

My Name Is Karabo Kgaphola.


Atticus and Me


Emily C. Heath

I read “To Kill a Mockingbird” the summer between 8th and 9th grade. It was a hot, Southern summer and my mom and I went into a bookstore to look for some indoor reading. She bought me the book, and I took it home and devoured it.

I was transformed, both in a moral and literary sense. I would never forget the idea that standing up for the right thing, even when you know you are going to lose, is noble.  And, in no small part due to that book, I became an English major. (I had entered college as a pre-law student, but once I realized that I couldn’t be Atticus Finch, I gave that up.) Even today, when I’m asked to list my favorite novels, Harper Lee’s book is on the shortlist.

We even have a cat named “Atticus”.

So when I heard about “Go Set a Watchman”…

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Now, as we listen to a person talk about how they want to ripen as fruits and sharpen as blades, we often tend to reflect or observe as to whether or not they are heading into a possible direction.

As human as we are, not knowing who the judge of impossibility is, and having no clue of any rule against negativity, we tend to take conclusions into our own hands and furthermore, based on experience or prejudice, judge a persons path.

Women have proven to be the most underestimated dreamers the world has ever introduced. Why? Well this matter has on its branches many fruits, and they are as variable as can get. When a woman starts talking about owning a manufacturing company that will be worth billions and trillions of rands, well, we all hush and giggle and joke around much as we want because its all in her gloomy dreamy silly female head right?

Ambition is being a go getter. Stepping on people”s toes and being brutally unapologetic about it because honey you had to, i mean, you are on your way up and cannot wait for people who take their time to remove their legs from your path. its hustling and being proud, acting up on your goal because you know its more than just a dream.

So, the next time you decide to take a person’s ” pep talk” lightly, first define “unrealistic” and then get back to me.

Hello. I AM MOHUBE KARABO KGAPHOLA and this is my very first formal direct blog, nice to meet you.

The first

Having this as a first formal blog from myself, you can only just imagine how crazy it was having to decide on what to write about.

See, young as I am, I have to listen and then worry about blogging something because perhaps maybe its a little out of my depth? Sorry, but sincerely thinking, I am young enough to do anything, and might as well be young enough to say anything dont you think?

They often say that age aint nothing but a number, but I think its all about knowing yourself and being comfortable in your own little nest of life. Nothing more. Stay content with your curves and edges, your flaws and imperfections, then, only then, will you be able to look at your own matters and stop finding reasons to limit the abilities of ‘teenagers’.

Hello… I am Mohube Karabo Kgaphola.

Happy blogging!