I recently wrote the final exam for my Postgraduate Diploma in Tertiary Education, a journey that took two years across three countries (Oman, Cambodia, and South Africa).
It is with heavy sigh of relief that I would like to thank the pets that have supported me throughout my studies.
I’m going to start with Deya, who first began assisting me when I was writing my MA about Olive Schreiner (also pictur many years ago. Here she is in 2010.
Deya continued to support me as I journeyed through my latest qualification.
At first, she purrs contentedly on my lap, but it just a ruse to lull me into a false sense of security.
She soon makes her move to my textbook.
She slowly and methodically cleans herself
before settling into her cat loaf.
Eventually, I distract her with a box so I can continue studying in peace.
At times, it was less easy to ensure her comfort and my ability to study.
Next, I must give Sakina her due. She takes her role as study buddy very seriously. Here she is helping me choose the correct pen.
After all that hard work, she curls up
secure between a wall of books.
Lastly, we have Themba. He usually sits innocuously under the desk
or next to the bookshelf.
Unless, of course, a more comfy spot can be found. Here he is lying on top of my notes, making sure I don’t forget this important mind map.
I couldn’t have got this far without the love and support of not only these wonderful pets, but also my husband, his mom, and my parents. I’m sure you guys are as relieved as I am to be done with this qualification!