On the 5th December 2013, the world was left mourning for one’s of the 20th century’s greatest icons, Nelson Mandela. He is best known as the man who, after spending 27 years in prison purely on his stance against the anti-apa rtheid regime, became South Africa’s first black president. We all know about his impeccable accomplishments but what kind of inspiration is he to us students? What do we have to learn from this man?
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”- one of the most, if not the most inspirational of Mandela’s timeless quotes. Mandela finished his law studies whilst in prison; this should be a lesson to us students to always seek to learn something new every day. We have a tendency to complain about waking up early for that lecture at eight in the morning or having to work on that assignment but on the bright side, we have been given an opportunity to actually have an education. Our motivation, like Mandela’s, should always be at the highest level, no matter our situation. You might not change the whole world, but you will certainly change your life.
Mandela definitely had his fair share of highs and lows in life and he never ceased to take a realistic approach, even stating that “after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb”. Let’s face it; a student’s life is no mean feat. It is full of hard work and every student will feel like a failure sometime or another. Taking a look at Mandela’s life should be a lesson to us students to never give up on our dreams or achievements. Obstacles will appear along the way but perseverance will be your best friend all the way till the end.
Moreover, despite his old age, Mandela never stopped working for the good of the community or expressing his opinion, and students should take this man’s example and never be passive. They should strive to voice their opinions and make themselves heard through any ways and means possible.
Finally, Nelson Mandela was always a fighter. He fought for what he believed in but the beautiful thing about his fight was that he never sought to bring other people down to reach his goals. Mandela strived for equality not superiority. But how is this relevant to us students? We must fight for our dreams and accomplishments whilst also remaining humble, just like Mandela. Humility will earn you respect and coupling such a trait with other talents will bring you far in life. Nelson Mandela is definitely the perfect example of this.
Nelson Mandela will be remembered for his magnetic personality which earned South Africa its freedom and Mandela respect and the status of a world icon. Although he is gone, he will never be forgotten. Let him be an inspiration and a role model to us all.