Bucket List

Ronica Subramanian, a 56-year-old mother and grandmother, finally graduated from matric after leaving school 40 years ago, checking it off her bucket list.


Durban, South Africa – A bucket list is possibly the best way to live life to the fullest! Especially when you reach old age and feel you still have so much to do! They help you pick the top places to travel, activities to take part in and life experiences not to miss out on.

Everyone has an idea of what is on their bucket list, but as we get older, the list grows and changes. It is always advisable to start one when you are young and work through it for the rest of your life, so you never miss a moment.

Ronica Subramanian, a 56-year-old mother of three and grandmother of four, decided to test herself and finally complete her matric qualification, 40 years after leaving school. She dropped out due to the financial strain it had on her family. She started working as an assistant in a shoe shop to help her family survive and never looked back.

“I knew I had to break the limitations of my age. Attempting to complete matric, after 40 years, seemed impossible until it was done. I now encourage others to do the same,” 

“I received my results earlier this month and my family took me to Spur to celebrate. We are, apparently, having a bigger celebration when my daughter and family from Johannesburg are down in September.”

Ronica enrolled in the Second Chances programme and passed her matric certificate with a bachelor’s pass. She decided to try her luck at the qualification after a sermon from her pastor inspired her.

“He was preaching about life and how we needed to better ourselves to help others around us. My only thought was that I needed to just go ahead and try to get my qualification.”

Ronica saw the programme advertised in the newspaper and quickly enrolled herself. She enrolled for all six subjects but recommended that anyone wanting to register, only to do English, Maths and Afrikaans first and once they are completed, to do the other three selected subjects.

“When the syllabus started, I attended classes and tuition, and studied religiously. I also worked on past year exam papers.”

“I recommend to those, who are interested in completing matric, to register for the three foundational subjects (English, Afrikaans, and maths) first and thereafter proceed with the rest.”

Ronica is so proud of finally getting her results and has told other matriculants that she will gladly help them study for the upcoming exams.

Well done, Ronica, you are an inspiration to us all.

Sources: iol
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