It was Saturday May 21st, everyone in the prison including my classmates were talking about “Pitch Day”. I was lost and didn't have a clue as to what this “Pitch Day” was all about. The day finally arrived, I was full of mixed emotions. I was excited and scared or nervous all at the same time. I felt as if time had flown and the day arrived without any notice. I had never felt this feeling before.
As “Pitch Day” began, I became nervous as there were a lot of second year students that had been though the program previously. I underestimated myself because the second year guys had more experience, which was very intimidating. All of the students delivered their pitches and there was much anticipation in the room. I thought to myself, “Who will be moving on the the finals?”.
The panel announced that I had won and would be going on to the finals. I simply didn't understand how this was possible when there were so many second year students in my group. I had to ask Preston and Jennifer to make sure that this news was true!
In the finals, students pitched their ideas to everyone in attendance. After the vote, the results were in… In third place was Lwazi who is a second year student. I was so nervous and shaking because I would either be in first or second place. The judges then announced that I was in second place. The first place winner, Justin, was also a first year like myself. One thing I took away from this experience is to not underestimate your abilities. God has given you a gift that no one can take away, and you must use this gift.
Blog Post Written by Ayanda - MEP First Year Student