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Study the way to go: Since enrolling at UCOL Gloria Mischefski says she has learnt how to learn.
Photo: FUSI TUIPULOTU
Education unlocks life
Learning to learn was the key to success
By JUDITH LACY
Fronting up at The Tribune office seeking
an interview, alerting the UCOL communi-
cations team, getting a fellow student to
take her photo.
They are all examples of how far Gloria
Mischefski has come this year and that is
The 48-year-old did not do well at school
and was a 2nd year fifth former when she
Miss Mischefski struggled with English
and maths, but did not like the baby work''
she was given in the special'' class.
They only taught you to play pool and do
some sewing and art and PE.''
She felt her Polish accent, which she
picked up from her grandfather, hindered
Plus, she did not attend school that much
as she used to look after her brother and
She got a job as a kitchen hand and later
moved to Motueka to bring up her
son Thomas. She cared for chil-
dren, worked at Talley's, picked
and graded apples, thinned kiwi-
fruit -- all hard work, but not com-
Mischefski try hairdressing as she
likes working with hair. Last year
she enrolled in a UCOL course but
struggled with the assignments.
This year she thought she
would enrol again, but an enrol-
ment adviser recommended she
did the new certificate in tertiary
study skills. Miss Mischefski said
her numeracy skills were poor
when she started the course, but
her tutor's belief in her, her own
determination, practice and con-
tinually asking questions saw her
She used to be too scared to
communicate, to speak up. She
has also learned to take her time
and slow down.
She enrolled in the certificate in
tertiary study skills in the first
semester, learning a lot but strug-
gling with her reading and spelling.
Even sitting still was a challenge.
She did not pass, so she enrolled again
this semester and said she will definitely
pass this time as she has had extra help.
Miss Mischefski said she wanted to show
people what she had done for herself and
how far she had come.
This course was the best thing I could
do. I love all the tutors, I really admire
them for going the extra mile to help us to
achieve our goals that they saw in us.''
She has applied her newly acquired
maths skills to assessing the merits of
Christmas hampers and clothing trucks
compared to buying from a shop.
Hire purchase gets people in trouble, not
knowing your numeracy. It's better to save
the money up and bank [it].''
She advises parents to make sure their
children get the best education they can as
it is important for their future.
If they don't have a career they get into
trouble, they steal.''
Miss Mischefski said she had gained a lot
of confidence since being at UCOL.
I used to say no, I am not good enough
to do anything, but now I am proud to do
My son is very proud of me doing this
course. Mum's doing something for herself
now,'' she said.
Next year she plans to do the certificate
in fashion and beauty at UCOL as she is
keen to design and make clothes. She has
done sewing before and is experienced with
It doesn't matter what age you are, you
can do it. You've got the opportunity. Like
they say, it is never too late.''
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