The festive fever, from an excited TK learner
23 November 2016
It is the festive season and everyone has the festive fever. This is the one time in a year where families come together, as well as parties and with that, meeting new people. It’s that time again when every artist releases hot new songs that we all can jam to. People say ‘party every weekend’ but in the month of December, ‘party every weekend’ is turned into ‘party every day’. A season of the two biggest holidays, Christmas and New Year’s, are mixed into one. It goes from remembering the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ, to a new years’ festival that implies new beginnings.
It is also the season of long lines and horrible traffic. But that is quickly seen over because everybody loves this wonderful holiday.
I hope that every Tiger has a wonderful festive season and take care.
PS: Everyone has the festive fever. Fortunately, there is no cure.
Special holiday message for our students, from TK staff
As we look towards the holiday season, the spirit of giving is evident in the gifts, time, resources, and heart-felt greetings to one another.
The idea of helping others may overwhelm you, as the need is great. We should remember that in most situations, the actual action to help is greater than the quantity or even the quality you can provide. This time of year can bring out the best in us that lies dormant most of the year. We may try to over compensate for missed opportunities to say a kind word, offer assistance, or provide tangible support. Do what you can and the response from those you help may overwhelm you as well.
As students of Tiger Kloof, the opportunity to improve your worth to your community and society should not overshadow the value your education will bring to your family and those within your circle of influence. The knowledge you gain from the TK experience will change you, and through this process, you will change those around you.
During this holiday season, reflect on how you will sustain those changes and build a better life for you, your family, and others that look to you for support and favour. An education is the investment that pays dividends beyond the student. And when those dividends are reinvested, the return grows exponentially.
As the new year nears, how will you determine if 2016 was a success? What differences did you make in your life and those depending on you? If those questions are difficult to answer, then prepare to determine how 2017 will be different, how will you define success, and how will you be the difference maker so many are depending on you to become.
Thank you for allowing TK to bring change and opportunity in your life. Enjoy this special time of the year, give generously and receive graciously, and expect next year to be the best!
- Mrs. A. Terblanche
(Adapted from the letter of Elwin Jones from Columbia Southern University)