Botswana: Speakers Urge Students to Think Outside Box

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Botswana International University of Science and Technology students have been implored to explore other potentials besides science and engineering after completing their studies. This notion came to the fore during the 'BIUST Hello World Motivational Talks' hosted by the university.

The central message of this weekend's BIUST Hello World Motivational Talks was handling life beyond academia.

Various motivational speakers inspired students to break into any industry besides science and engineering after completing their studies, coping with social pressures as well as self-development and motivation.

Speakers included National Transformation Strategy Task Force Team chairperson Mr Moatlhodi Sebabole, renowned actress and public speaking personality Ms Lerato Motshwarakgole and media personality Mr Resego Motlhokathari.

Mr Motlhokathari

Mr Motlhokathari noted that students should explore their potential.

He said challenges that a person went through were actually meant to teach and build them to be better people.

Mr Motlhokathari explained that talent was a gift that needed to be unearthed and developed.

He implored students to challenge themselves and try things not related to their academic backgrounds citing that he was a Bachelor of Science -Information Technology graduate but ended up being a radio personality, model and advert ambassador.

Mr Sebabole

Although he encouraged students to take their studies seriously, Mr Sebabole however stressed that change of mindset or tuning the mindset to a certain perspective to achieve goals was paramount.

He said the consciousness and sub-consciousness of the mind led to the creative consciousness of the mind that drove people to realize their objectives.

Mr Sebabole however said caution in relaying communication or information between the different mindsets (conscious, subconscious and creative consciousness) in oneself was important in that if a person always perceived negative issues, there was a possibility for end results to be negative and if one's mindset was positive, there was great potential to get positive results in what they did.

He encouraged students to use their positive imagination, visualize it and realize their objective and also to redefine themselves for the better as well as to utilise their time wisely.

Ms Motshwarakgole

Ms Motshwarakgole encouraged students not to limit themselves to their academic fields after completing their studies.

She said they should tap into the talent they have and nurture it.

Some people, she pointed out, had done science and engineering courses but ended up getting good paying jobs in banks and other fields.

Ms Motshwarakgole added that some pursued degrees and even postgraduate degrees in science-related subjects but ended up as actors.

Students were advised to be open-minded and not to confine themselves to one discipline.

Professor Totolo

Giving a keynote address at the occasion, BIUST Vice-Chancellor Professor Otlogetswe Totolo said the talks served as a stimulant to students to appreciate thinking outside the box and not only focus on their core academic disciplines after completing their studies.

He said the talks helped students to maximize existing opportunities that could widen their social networks and contacts.

In addition, the talks were an important vehicle to further extend BIUST grand strategy towards being a premier research-based university through engagement for development.

"As espoused in our long term Vision 2036, Botswana envisages being a high-income country, with an expert-led economy underpinned by diversification, exclusive and sustainable growth driven by high levels of productivity. This would be attained by developing a robust knowledge-based economy, human capital, ease of doing business, competitiveness, infrastructure development and most importantly through a vibrant, learned and confident society," he said.

In this regard, he noted, no matter how little, the 'BIUST Hello World Motivational Talks' had contributed towards the nation's vision of prosperity for all by 2036.

He said in hosting and supporting the initiative, BIUST was playing a primary role in driving Botswana towards all-rounded students and graduates towards the envisaged knowledge-based economy.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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