Written by: Admin_SheEvo
Today is a turning point in my life. The boxes from the University of Pretoria and the University of Cape Town are in front of me. Each one holds the key to a future I’ve imagined. As a girl in her last year of high school, this choice is both exciting and scary.
Choosing between Pretoria and Cape Town feels like choosing between the known and the unknown. The University of Pretoria reminds me of home, my hometown, and the people I’ve known for years. It’s a place where I could fall right into the flow of my everyday life. Is that really what I want? Would I pick it because it’s safe and what most people do?
The University of Cape Town is also a big draw. I get excited when I think about starting over in a new place, surrounded by people I don’t know and beautiful scenery I’ve never seen before. It’s a chance to figure out who I am and what I can do when I leave my safe zone. But moving into the unknown means leaving behind the safety net I’ve always known.
When I think about my hopes and fears, I remember the wisdom my family, friends, and teachers have given me. They’ve told me to follow my heart and think about where I’ll do best in school and in life. But as the hours go by and the sun starts to go down, I understand that there might not be a clear answer. Both choices give you chances to learn and grow, but in different ways.
I don’t like the idea of making the “wrong” choice, but I also know that life is a series of choices, and each one has its own results. Instead of worrying about making a mistake, I should think about the chances of success and happiness that lie ahead, no matter what road I choose.
When the stars start to shine in the night sky, I feel calm. Whether I choose to stay with what I know or try something new, I am taking a step toward my future. Even if the way I take isn’t sure, what’s most important is the trip itself. I know that no matter what decision I make, I’ll give it my all and use it as a chance to learn, grow, and build a life that fits my dreams.
I take a deep breath and pick up one of the boxes, ready to see what happens next in my story. As I do this, I feel a mix of joy, drive, and just a little bit of nerves. It’s a decision that will affect what I do, who I meet, and who I become. And as I take this leap of faith, I’m told that there’s no such thing as a wrong choice, only the journey that comes from it.