IUBH has saved me from falling into depression. The first week of the national lockdown was more like an introduction into what has never happened before. New rules like no stepping out for drinks, no visiting friends, wearing face makes, social distancing and lots more for more than thirty days.
I’ve never seen such confinement since I was born, so I really got excited and wanted to see what it’ll feel like. After three weeks, I was like “are you serious?” The excitement left me and I became super bored. Granted, I had uncountable video calls with friends and family members. But the problem with such calls is that I quickly run out of words. And would be like ehe! So even when someone calls, I feel too reluctant to pick up, mostly if I know the person wasn’t going to say anything new.
I became a little bit relieved when I head President Ramaphosa was going to address the nation. If there was a device that could be determined who logged into the channel that transmitted the President’s call, I’m sure my device IP would be recorded first. That was how much I wanted a release from the house arrest.
But my hope was dashed to the wall when the President announced that the lockdown has been extended. I got more pissed when he kept repeating that he was doing it to save our lives. I wished he leaves my screen, but he refused, then I helped him by putting off my device.
No matter the anger, the lockdown has been extended, and life must continue. One clear fact was that doing anything physically was practically impossible. So, it has to be online if it must work. Then what do I do online?
My job wasn’t considered essential enough to be allowed to operate during the lockdown, so I and my colleagues were all at home and bored too. But Mbali wasn’t bored like us and she never mentioned it until she put a call through to me.
When Mbali called me I quickly told her how bored I was, and she said: “do what I’m doing.” “I don’t even know what you’re doing” I replied. “I’m studying online with IUBH a European institution. “Wow, great idea, but I’m not sure I can afford tuition fee for now” I told her, because of cause she earns more than I do. “It’s a scholarship with 80% of the tuition fee, so you can do it,” she said.
That was how I quickly enrolled and started studying. At a point, I forgot there was a pandemic and lockdown because I was always studying online. Now, I’m waiting for my prestigious European degree from IUBH. By the time the lockdown comes to an end, I would have added a degree that will help me secure a better job.
Truth is, we aren’t sure when the world will return to normalcy. Wise people are rather preparing for what is ahead. When the lockdown is over, there would be fewer jobs and to many unemployed applicants, so only the fittest will survive. Until today, I still say thanks to Mbali for taking away the boredom the lockdown initial introduced into my life.
Now, I’m able to secure a better job, because I have a world-class degree from IUBH at a very minimal cost.