Mmitseng Ntshonga, Botswana – Top Paper Award in Contemporary Hospitality Management, New Era College
I am a young lady of 22 years old from a family of eight, born and bred in Maun (Botswana) where I fell love with the tourism industry. After completing my BGCSE at Maun Senior Secondary School, New Era College gave me an opportunity to study an Advanced Diploma in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality. It was one of my happiest moments when my journey began at New Era College to study an ABE course. Aiming high like an eagle to turn the impossible into possible makes me kick start the blankets every morning. As a result I was awarded the Top Paper for Introduction to Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Examination Session in 2014, which made me more courageous throughout my journey.
I stayed focused, determined and motivated believing that I can do it again and, with God's grace, I did it. Topping up in Contemporary Hospitality Management is one of the happiest moments that every ABE student out there wishes for. With the right attitude and determination I believe that I will persevere and do something I am passionate about.
I chose to study ABE because it is recognised, supported, international, quality assured and flexible.
My immediate plan is to gain experience by working in tourism businesses learning more from other entrepreneurs (benchmarking) and in governmental organisations e.g. Botswana Tourism Organisations, before I can start my own business because I want it to be a success, highly recognised and sustainable.
Studying with ABE has made me realise my dreams, I am ambitious, passionate and always aiming higher with a mind-set that the sky is the limit. My studies have helped me become self-driven, innovative, make informed choices and have a keen understanding of the industry from all aspects.
Passing this examination requires considerable study ensuring that you have sufficient knowledge and understanding to answer questions related to the learning outcomes, the assessment criteria and the indicative content. My secret to being an ABE top achiever was doing extensive reading, excellent cooperation with the lecturers and researching even more, so hard work and determination is the key to success.
In the future my plan is to top up with a degree programme, with that I believe that I will stay focused on my goals and achieve my dream which is to become a successful entrepreneur.