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Nosipho’s Daily Routine

Inspired by My Morning Routine, we are showcasing the routines of our extraordinary students. 

Nosipho’s daily routine:

  1. What time do you get up in the morning? Do you use an alarm? Do you hit snooze?

For me, it depends on which day. If I am going to school, I wake at 5 O’clock, but if I do not I wake up around 7 O’clock. When I wake up at 5, I use the alarm and I do not hit snooze.

  1. What is the first thing you do every day?

Sometimes I wake to pour water in the kettle or I read a novel.

  1. Tell us about your morning routine before leaving the house

I pour water, take a bath, wear my school uniform, brush my teeth, make up my bed, sometimes I eat and then go to school.

  1. What time do you leave for school?

Around 06:20

  1. What time do you leave school? What happens then?

School comes out either at 14:30, or at 13:40, and I head to Imagine Scholar.

  1. What time do you head to Imagine Scholar? 

Around 13:45 or 14:00

  1. While at IS, what takes up most of your time? What are you most focused on?

I check my emails or do academics

  1. Where do you go after IS and how do you spend your time?

I go home and I spend my time by doing dishes, watching a 30-minute show, reading a novel and sometimes studying.

  1. When do you have dinner and spend time with your family or friends?

I normally have dinner around 19:00 and I spend time with my family in the afternoons. I do not usually visit my friends so I get to spend my time with them at school

  1. What time do you go to bed?

Around 22:00 to 23:00.

Lucky’s Daily Routine

Inspired by My Morning Routine, we are showcasing the routines of our extraordinary students. 

Lucky’s daily routine:

  1. What time do you get up in the morning? Do you use an alarm? Do you hit snooze?

I wake up at 5:30 am and I use an alarm. I hit snooze sometimes.

  1. What is the first thing you do every day?

I play music on my phone.

  1. Tell us about your morning routine before leaving the house

I play music, take a bath, iron my school uniform, have breakfast then leave for school.

  1. What time do you leave for school?

During exam time I leave around 07:10 am and during normal school days, around 06:45 am

  1. What time do you leave school? What happens then?

On Monday I leave school by 14:30 and go home. With the other four days, I leave school around 13:40 to attend Imagine Scholar.

  1. What time do you head to Imagine Scholar? 

During school days I head to Imagine Scholar around 13:45. From home I leave around 11 pm.

  1. While at IS, what takes up most of your time? What are you most focused on?

While at Imagine Scholar I spend most of my time having discussions with other students and facilitators. Other days I work on my academics and check emails. I also play chess while at Imagine Scholar.

  1. Where do you go after IS and how do you spend your time?

I go home after Imagine Scholar. I spend my time reading a book, listening to music, doing academics and helping my siblings with chores.

  1. When do you have dinner and spend time with your family or friends?

I usually have dinner and spend time with my family around 20:00. I do not have any friends outside of school and Imagine Scholar, therefore after leaving Imagine Scholar I go straight home.

  1. What time do you go to bed?

I go to bed around 22:30.

Shadrack’s Daily Routine

Inspired by My Morning Routine, we are showcasing the routines of our extraordinary students. 

Shadrack’s daily routine:

  1. What time do you get up in the morning? Do you use an alarm? Do you hit snooze?

Weekdays I wake up around 5H00-5H30, but on weekends around 6H00-6H45, when it’s school season I use a timer to wake me up (alarm).

  1. What is the first thing you do every day?

Before I get out of bed, I read for about 20-25 minutes on weekends, but school days I do warm-up activities.

  1. Tell us about your morning routine before leaving the house

School days, I wake up and tidy my bedroom, bath and prepare my books and then walk to school. On weekends I do my laundry around 7-8am, fetch water from the neighbor, clean the house and do the doing dishes. Then I will bath and go to Imagine Scholar. On Sundays, I do some domestic work before church.

  1. What time do you leave for school?

I leave the house 6H30, late is 6H45.

  1. What time do you leave school? What happens then?

After school bell rings at 14H15 at my school I go to the taxi station to Imagine Scholar, except on Wednesday because school out is at 13H30. We use the remaining time for sports.

  1. What time do you head to Imagine Scholar? 

From school, around 14H45 if only am not delayed by the taxi or other activities, such as submitting work after class at school.

  1. While at IS, what takes up most of your time? What are you most focused on?

On computer doing crash course, individual research on passion questions. Sometimes reading a book before class or session, but not always. When it exam season, its academics.

  1. Where do you go after IS and how do you spend your time?

After Imagine Scholar, I go to Church for 2 hours and other days just straight home and assist my sister on the home chores when she is not done. If I have plenty of time I will read a novel before I jump to study or doing homework.

  1. When do you have dinner and spend time with your family or friends?

At home we don’t have a special dinner time, immediately we finish cooking we eat, most of the time it is around 7pm running to 8pm if we are not at Church that day.

  1. What time do you go to bed?

If am not studying or completing any school-related work am sleeping at 10pm summer and winter 9H30 pm. When I have work to be done that day, I take as much time until I feel like I need to rest.

Phila’s Daily Routine

Inspired by My Morning Routine, we are showcasing the routines of our extraordinary students. 

Phila’s daily route:

  1. What time do you get up in the morning? Do you use an alarm? Do you hit snooze?

I normally get up around 5:30. I do use an alarm, and yes, I will almost always snooze it.

  1. What is the first thing you do every day?

I always drink water (take a glass or two)

  1. Tell us about your morning routine before leaving the house

I iron my uniform, bathe, eat, and then go to school

  1. What time do you leave for school?

Anywhere from 6:30 to 6:45

  1. What time do you leave school? What happens then?

I leave school around 1:00 and go to Imagine Scholar

  1. What time do you head to Imagine Scholar? 

13:00

  1. While at IS, what takes up most of your time? What are you most focused on?

Coding lessons online, and class

  1. Where do you go after IS and how do you spend your time?

I go home. Usually, I will code, study, or watch TV

  1. When do you have dinner and spend time with your family or friends?

I don’t spend most of my time with friends, but I’ll be at home from 18:00 onwards

  1. What time do you go to bed?

At 22:00

Rodger mentors youths at Camp Caldera

Camp Caldera

This summer, Roger became the third Imagine Scholar student to work as a counselor at Camp Caldera. Camp Caldera empowers underserved youths through innovative, year-round art and environmental programs in Oregon, USA. The program places a special emphasis on individual creativity and self-expression and works to foster a safe space for young people as they define their personal identities within the realm of their lives, their families, and their communities.

Rodger’s traveled to Oregon to build personal and professional skills as a young leader and mentor to younger students. He recounts his experiences below.


Author: Rodger Chinhangue

Caldera is a unique artistic world created inside the real world we live in. It’s a home of ecstasies because students, artists, and everyone become who they dream of without worrying about the outside world. From camp names to being equipped, and empowered to create art from inspirations, students explore nature and create a connection between art and the natural world. It is a medium for self-exploration, safety, and growth for young people.

The beauty of the location is irresistible. The lake, forest and the river provide a spiritual connection with nature, that makes you drop all your electronics, disconnect the internet and appreciate mother nature.

As most of my inspirations come from my fellow Imagine Scholars. My friends Mandisa and Thenjiwe went to Caldera last year and when they told me about it, I couldn’t believe such a place existed. It was an honour when Corey offered me to go since I didn’t have plans for my summer break. After getting more information from them, I decided that this was an opportunity I would love to explore.

The passion from all the staff was rare and special. Considering all the differences the students came from, it is amazing how everyone was very caring and responsible for every student, on every session without losing their energy in the entire 6 weeks. The staff regardless of how old by age they were, they still carried an attitude that made a 10-year-old to not feel the age gap in between, and express themselves freely. It was amazing to witness that!

Since I was a junior advocate, I learned to be a professional.

My biggest take away was how to look at the organizations’ objectives, consider the age and background of people I am working with, and use that to build an environment that will be inclusive and comfortable to everyone.

I enhanced my team work skills by working under a supervisor this time and this changed my perspective of team work. Instead of working together in generating ideas, we were mostly told on what needs to be done and what is expected from us, all we had to do was to collaborate and unify to collectively get tasks done.

Part of my gap year will involve working with the youth and these skills will be essential when working with youth from different places. I recently ran a theatre workshop for students in Vanadzor, Armenia. I used the skills I learned from staff training at caldera to prepare my workshop, like using youth culture and it was amazing how engaged and effective it turned out. While going forward volunteering and working with people, I feel more aided and equipped with start-up experience now.

 

Justice attends YYGS focused in Sustainable Development & Social Entrepreneurship

Yale young global scholars

During the summer of 2017, Imagine Scholar Justice Masinge traveled to Yale University’s main campus in New Haven, Connecticut to participate in the prestigious Yale Young Global Scholars program. This intensive two-week course brings exceptional young leaders from across the globe together to take a deep dive into one of 6 unique concepts.

Justice’s program focused on Sustainable Development & Social Entrepreneurship, examining innovative solutions to the world’s greatest challenges relating to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.


Author: Justice Masinge

The Yale Young Global Scholars Program is more than just about the educational lectures, seminars and capstone projects; it is an environment for personal growth through learning from different people from all around the world.

Walking around the Yale campus was like traveling around the world by foot in a few minutes, I would see people from Ghana, The United States of America, South Korea, Brazil, Russia, Dubai, Pakistan and many other countries.

I really admire the importance of learning about some else’s life, their cultures, traditions, beliefs and values!

The biggest part of the application process was the essay writing part! I wrote about a thousand drafts before it was ready to submit. The essays had personal questions, so they really helped me to reflect on myself and really question myself: who am I? Where do I come from? And where am I heading!

I still have them in my Google drive so that I can read them whenever I want to for inspiration. I was so excited when I was accepted because Allan, another Imagine Scholar, was also accepted; we applied together and we both got accepted! I had never traveled to the northern part of the world, so I was very eager to meet new people and learn as much as I could from their lives ways of life.

Meeting different people from a lot of countries was incredible. I learned a lot about their cultures and how they are different from what I am used to. I have learned that one of the most important things about traveling is meeting many interesting people and learning from their life stories. I also really loved the Speaker Series, this was a space for any of the students to share cool projects they are working on in their communities!

I was inspired to continue with many community projects as well, because I know that there are other young people across the world who are doing the same too.

The lectures taught me to be open minded but also to be inquisitive and curious. The seminars really challenged my critical thinking skills, and my writing skills got better from the capstone projects. I have become much more empowered to be involved in community projects to help develop my community in any way possible.

I will be interning at Imagine Scholar next year, starting from January to August; I have made big plans for the chess club which I have started at school. I will apply all that I have learned for my chess club; for instance, one of the lectures I attended was on how to give constructive and appreciative feedback to help people improve. I will definitely use this knowledge to help my chess students to improve their chess game.

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