STAR FOR LIFE SUCCESS STORY

My name is Legoadi Princess Ramabele, I am a 19 year old UWC graduate from South Africa.

In 2014 I went through a UWC selection process in the offices of Star for life. Less confident as I was, little did I know that this was the beginning of a new beautiful journey. I thought I was not good enough since I came from the dusty streets of Soweto, a place called home. At the back of my head I was thinking “why would they select someone with very primitive English and who was taught in local schools of Soweto, why would someone even want to invest their money in a girl that possess less than one third of the knowledge that the world around her contains”, this wasn’t me trying to be self-critical, but this was me trying to face reality, reality defined by growing up in a disadvantaged background where I was taught that kids in the cities has more potential than me as a local kid and that boys will always be superior than girls. On that day the holders of Star for life saw something in me, something that even today I still don’t know what it is. I guess they saw potential and ambition and how calm I was. Because my interview was a funny one if you ask me, as myself, less prepared I got there and I defined myself as I knew myself, not as I had written down to present myself as a perfect candidate. I let them see me beneath my perfections and they still selected me, even today I still don’t know how but I know I will forever be grateful to them. As I moved to Armenia, they paid my flight tickets and gave me allowance, they made everything possible for me. They opened all the doors for me towards success, it was now all up to me to make it happen, to make everything possible for myself and for them. During the two years in UWC Dilijan, I developed into a strong, bold and wise woman. I faced all sort of challenges but I still made it through. Star for life supported me throughout the two years of my UWC and believed in me. It was not only about them paying for my education, it was the amount of faith that they had in me that pushed me through, they taught me that everybody dies, but not everybody lives, that in life we don’t regret the things we did, but rather things we didn’t do and the dreams we didn’t pursue. And with them I was living the dream that was once a fantasy. My coach Noluthando Khoza (from Start for life) became my mentor as I experienced a few challenges along the way, I felt content and safe knowing she is just a phone call away and always willing to help. This made me realise that Star for life does not only give you financial support but it also offers emotional and psychological support through their employees that works and life coaches. My vocabulary improved, I had new ideologies that enabled me to think outside of the box that I was raised in, I had new bigger and better dreams and I had turned into a new ambassador to encourage women and young girls to fight for what they believed in and to encourage them to know that no one is born stupid and that we are all good in one way or another. As I graduate from UWC and further my studies in the United States of America. I will remember one thing in life; That It was Star for life that took me out of the dusty streets of Soweto (a place called home) and gave me hope and courage to fight for what I believe in, it was them who had faith me, it was them who heard the loud suppressed voice from within and it was them that granted me the opportunity to spread my wings and for that I will live to give back to both my community and Star for life. To all the members of star for life’ Thank you very much for giving me this opportunity, this is the most valuable gift that anyone has ever given me, it isn’t every day that one gets a gift of education, knowledge and success. Like Nelson Mandela said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” And you have given me that weapon.

Thank you Star for life!My name is Legoadi Princess Ramabele, I am a 19 year old UWC graduate from South Africa.
In 2014 I went through a UWC selection process in the offices of Star for life. Less confident as I was, little did I know that this was the beginning of a new beautiful journey. I thought I was not good enough since I came from the dusty streets of Soweto, a place called home. At the back of my head I was thinking “why would they select someone with very primitive English and who was taught in local schools of Soweto, why would someone even want to invest their money in a girl that possess less than one third of the knowledge that the world around her contains”, this wasn’t me trying to be self-critical, but this was me trying to face reality, reality defined by growing up in a disadvantaged background where I was taught that kids in the cities has more potential than me as a local kid and that boys will always be superior than girls. On that day the holders of Star for life saw something in me, something that even today I still don’t know what it is. I guess they saw potential and ambition and how calm I was. Because my interview was a funny one if you ask me, as myself, less prepared I got there and I defined myself as I knew myself, not as I had written down to present myself as a perfect candidate. I let them see me beneath my perfections and they still selected me, even today I still don’t know how but I know I will forever be grateful to them. As I moved to Armenia, they paid my flight tickets and gave me allowance, they made everything possible for me. They opened all the doors for me towards success, it was now all up to me to make it happen, to make everything possible for myself and for them. During the two years in UWC Dilijan, I developed into a strong, bold and wise woman. I faced all sort of challenges but I still made it through. Star for life supported me throughout the two years of my UWC and believed in me. It was not only about them paying for my education, it was the amount of faith that they had in me that pushed me through, they taught me that everybody dies, but not everybody lives, that in life we don’t regret the things we did, but rather things we didn’t do and the dreams we didn’t pursue. And with them I was living the dream that was once a fantasy. My coach Noluthando Khoza (from Start for life) became my mentor as I experienced a few challenges along the way, I felt content and safe knowing she is just a phone call away and always willing to help. This made me realise that Star for life does not only give you financial support but it also offers emotional and psychological support through their employees that works and life coaches. My vocabulary improved, I had new ideologies that enabled me to think outside of the box that I was raised in, I had new bigger and better dreams and I had turned into a new ambassador to encourage women and young girls to fight for what they believed in and to encourage them to know that no one is born stupid and that we are all good in one way or another. As I graduate from UWC and further my studies in the United States of America. I will remember one thing in life; That It was Star for life that took me out of the dusty streets of Soweto (a place called home) and gave me hope and courage to fight for what I believe in, it was them who had faith me, it was them who heard the loud suppressed voice from within and it was them that granted me the opportunity to spread my wings and for that I will live to give back to both my community and Star for life. To all the members of star for life’ Thank you very much for giving me this opportunity, this is the most valuable gift that anyone has ever given me, it isn’t every day that one gets a gift of education, knowledge and success. Like Nelson Mandela said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” And you have given me that weapon.
Thank you Star for life!

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