06 October 2020 | Story Andre Damons | Photo Supplied
Reabetswe Mabine did not let working full time stop her from completing her degree in record time and she is graduating on Friday with a BCom Honours with specialisation in Marketing with an average of 74%.

The road to graduation is not always easy, especially when you are working full time. But Reabetswe Mabine did not let this stop her from completing her degree in record time.

Mabine, who is currently working as the Communications and Marketing Officer at the Postgraduate School at the University of the Free State (UFS), graduated on Tuesday 6 October 2020 with a BCom Honours with a specialisation in Marketing.

“I am overwhelmed with joy and gratitude. It was not an easy journey but God carried me through. All the glory to him,” says Mabine.

Road to graduation

“It was not an easy journey at all. I was working while I was a registered student. I would have to work from 07:45-16:30 and had classes from 17:00-20:00 from Monday to Friday. Most days, I would have to study or complete my assignments and research after class and would only leave the library at 03:00 in the morning, sleep for a few hours, and be at work again at 07:45.

“I had to make a lot of sacrifices, including spending less time with my loved ones. I had to put in long hours to ensure that I graduated in record time. The most challenging aspect of working and studying full time is that you are required to show up bringing your best with you.

“I had to perform at work whether I was tired or not. I also had to perform at my school work whether I was tired or not. So having to give 100% to my job and my degree was the most challenging aspect,” explains Mabine. 


According her, she was funded for a year of study and therefore had to make sure that she completed her qualification in record time. Says Mabine: “Another thing that kept me motivated was that I knew I had plans after graduation, which required me to complete my degree first.” 

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