#TeamNightShift takes to exams hall

CANDLE-LIT PRAYER: SRC sub committee members lit candles ahead of the exams prayer held last night. Photo: Lameez Omarjee

CANDLE-LIT PRAYER: SRC sub committee members lit candles ahead of the exams prayer held last night.
Photo: Lameez Omarjee

The Wits SRC ushered in the dreaded exam season by hosting an exams prayer night outside the Great Hall steps, followed by a study session at the exams hall, last night.

Prayer night

Students across different religious backgrounds came together for prayer and all religious dominations represented at Wits were invited, said Paul Ndiweni, Deputy President. There was a common respect for differing beliefs amongst students. The crowd chuckled in agreement when Waseem Talia, representative of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) said “I know we don’t follow the same religion but we all pray to the same God, well hopefully”, before reading out a prayer.

DESPERATE TIMES: Students gather outside the Great Hall for the exams prayer.   Photo: Lameez Omarjee

DESPERATE TIMES: Students gather outside the Great Hall for the exams prayer.
Photo: Lameez Omarjee

After prayers by representatives from Christian Action Fellowship and MSA, students could spend time praying individually. Paballo Makume, 2nd year BAccSci said she came for the prayer “to do well in exams. I hope I pass well.” Yolisa Makgale, 2nd year BCom said, “I came because I wanted to start my exams off on a positive note. I am hoping to pass my exams exceptionally well.” Tshepo Mthemba, 1st year industrial engineering said, “I’m here to ask God to help me with my exams and to guide me.”

Study buddies

After prayers, students flocked to Exams Hall to get some studying done. The idea for the study session came about when various student societies approached the SRC to enquire about the plans for students during the exam period, according to Ndiweni. The Exams Hall was well equipped for study space and snacks and hot beverages and “sweets for a sugar rush” to keep students going throughout the night.

It’s nice for students to be in one venue instead of being spread across different libraries.

The study session was popular amongst students. Silindile Nkosi, 1st year Construction Studies, came to study because “there are too many distractions at home. When I’m here amongst people studying, I am forced to study.” Phelele Khumalo, 1st year BSc, came to study at the Exams Hall because there was space available, “I didn’t go to the library because I think it’s full.”

DILIGENT  STUDENT: Academic chairperson of the SRC, Ageliki Vidalis leads by example as she studies among Witsies at the study session held at Exams Hall. Photo: Lameez Omarjee

DILIGENT STUDENT: Academic chairperson of the SRC, Ageliki Vidalis leads by example as she studies among Witsies at the study session held at Exams Hall.
Photo: Lameez Omarjee

SRC Academic chairperson Ageliki Vidalis said the venue was different to the library because “it’s nice for students to be in one venue instead of being spread across different libraries”.

SRC Sports Chairperson Andrew Keightley-Smith said “I think it’s a wonderful initiative, but I wish more students were here. We shouldn’t just arrange one study session, we should improve libraries so that all students can study for as long as they want.”

STUDY BREAK:  Faith Davids (3rd year BA Social Work), Lindani Buthelezi (2nd year BSc Electrical Engineering), Prince Nkomo (2nd year BCom Finance) and Nkeletseng Motalingoane (3rd year BA) grab a snack before logging more hours in the study venue. Photo: Lameez Omarjee

STUDY BREAK: Faith Davids (3rd year BA Social Work), Lindani Buthelezi (2nd year BSc Electrical Engineering), Prince Nkomo (2nd year BCom Finance) and Nkeletseng Motalingoane (3rd year BA) grab a snack before logging more hours in the study venue.
Photo: Lameez Omarjee

SRC President Shafee Verachia said the Exams Hall study session was different to libraries because there were refreshments, campus control to walk students back to res and the buses would leave later for students.

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