As a first year student, the university world can be a scary place, so you really need all the advice you can get. Perdeby asked a few local celebrities for some inspirational words to help you along the way.

Wynand Myburgh, member of South African rock groups Fokofpolisiekar and Van Coke Kartel: “Remember what you came to do. Get a clear vision of what you want to achieve. Keep it in mind and work for it. Think for yourself and always try to stay unique and creative … Enjoy this time of your life and keep your noses clean, wear condoms and don’t drive drunk.”

Ruan Kruger, Straatligkinders’ drummer: “Nobody’s themselves anymore, a lot of peeps change and go crazy about something that’s just temporary.”

Elma Smit, MK Studio1 presenter and 5FM DJ: “Study hard, party harder and watch MK!”

Rob Forbes, TuksFM and 94.7 Highveld Stereo DJ: “Work harder than you feel you need to, it’s a lot easier than you think.”

Adam Boyd, Wake to Wonder guitarist and vocalist: “Study hard, dance like your pants are on fire, sing like you just got possessed by Celine Dion, and don’t be afraid to live it up a little.”

Greg Carlin, member of Zebra and Giraffe: “All I remember from first year was figuring out which lectures were important and which weren’t so important so we’d know which ones we could skip!”

Katlego Maboe, member of the acapella group Flip a Coin: “Realise what a blessing each and every day is and while you’re enjoying every moment, build meaningful relationships with your friends and those who you love and care for. Party it up and enjoy being young because these are the best days of your life.”

Eksteen Jacobsz, songwriter,vocalist and guitarist for The Sick-Leaves: “Do what you love and do it well. The rest will fall into place.”

Dineo Lusenga, 5FM DJ: “It’s something I wish someone had told me when I started my first year. Don’t waste your time at varsity dreading classes and wishing that it would all end soon, because before you know it, it’s going to be graduation day and you’re going to find yourself missing campus and the friends you never made and all the opportunities you missed out on because you were too busy hating it. Make friends, have fun and go to the Rag parties – they don’t have those in the professional world.”

Pearl Modiadie, television presenter: “Enjoy meeting new people and experiencing the new life. It’s the beginning of the new you.”

And last but certainly not least, Eagan Williamson, Tonge Los presenter: “Make sure to bring a first aid kit with you, you will need it. Secondly, Hatfield may start to feel like your parents’ home, just remember it isn’t!”

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