What freedom means to me
I'm a 19-year-old black female living in a modern day South Africa. I was born into Freedom
I don't consider it a birth right, but I know that what freedom is today is as a direct result of the tremendous sacrifices that were made by generations of young people before me.
And just like being black doesn't define me, neither does the struggle.
In 2010 when I failed my Matric I was faced with one of the biggest disappointments and feelings of hopelessness in my life. Being one of the popular girls in school didn’t make it any easier because everyone was talking about it and some even enjoying the fact that my world was crumbling around me.
After spending a few days in bed crying, I woke up one morning and decided to confront my fears. Taking a step back made me realise that my situation wasn't a disaster, only a set-back.
After getting the necessary information from the Department of Education; I registered to re-write of the two subjects I had failed and within the year I had received my Matric certificate.
I had decided to get a part-time job whilst I waited for registration to open at the college of my choice, and whilst working at Rosebank Mall, I was scouted by a premier modelling agency in South Africa, Ice Models. This year, as well as getting accepted to study Journalism; I was booked to model at Joburg Fashion Week and have even made a few television appearances.
My freedom means everything to me. It is what grants me the opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them, or better still, make a success of them.
My experience taught me that education is as much my responsibility as it is the responsibility of my government.
I've joined the National Youth Development Agency as an Ambassador of their Limitless Youth campaign because I would like to tell my story to young people who may feel disillusioned with life, and to assure them that behind every pitfall is an opportunity to utilise their freedom.